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I had quite a limited time in Key West so I faced a choice either to see as much as possible from a tour train without taking many photos or take decent photos but seeing just few streets. I opted for the tour which took me around the whole Key West with a great commentary as well.

Conch is a large sea snail popular in the Bahamas or Florida. Conch salad is the most characteristic seafood you can taste in the Bahamas. People from Bahamas are called that as well and as you can read below in an excerpt from Wikipedia, Bahamian Style is also called Conch Style. Quite popular in the Key West. The tour I took was called also Conch Train Tour. I brought home one of the Conch shells. They are huge. Size of a head. There were plenty of them on the beach.

Conch house style was developed in Key West by Bahamian immigrants, known as "Conchs". Many Bahamians had experience building boats, and the earliest conch houses were built like boats, using timber framing. In the 1880s timber framing was replaced with balloon framing. Houses in the conch style were also built in Miami, in particular, in the Coconut Grove and Overtown neighborhoods. The term "conch house" has been applied to houses built in a variety of styles in Key West, but the most common usage is for houses built in a Bahamian style. About half of the historic houses in Key West have been classified as being in the Classical Revival style. The Bahamian immigrants in Key West were accustomed to building houses in the Bahamian clapboard house style. This style placed houses on posts or piers, used timber framing, had large windows and high ceilings to allow cooling by available breezes, and had louvered shutters hinged at the top ("Bahamas shutters"). The Bahamian clapboard house style has influenced housing in many areas with tropical climates.

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