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        A visit to the Florida Keys
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        VOICE ONE:

        Welcome to THIS IS AMERICA IN VOA SPECIAL ENGLISH. I'm Steve Ember. Today, Mary Tillotson and I welcome you to a group of islands that extends2 into the Atlantic Ocean from the southern state of Florida. These islands are called theFlorida Keys. In Key West, a sign on a monument3 says "America Begins Here."

        (MUSIC)

        VOICE TWO:

        The first European to see the Florida Keys was Spanish explorer4 Ponce de Leon in the year 1513. He was searching for special water that would keep people young forever. But he did not find that special water, or any other water that people could drink. Later, other Spanish explorers5 mapped the area as an aid to help their treasure ships return to Spain.

        Many of the Keys still have Spanish names, like Islamorada, Bahia Honda and Key Vaca. The word “Keys” comes from the Spanish word “cayos” meaning “little island.” And many of the Florida Keys are little. Hundreds of the islands are only pieces of sand that extend1 a few feet out of the water. Many are only visited by sea birds.

        Yet some of the Keys are big enough to support large numbers of people. One of the most popular is Key West. It is the farthest south of the Keys that can be reached by car.

        VOICE ONE:

        A road extends southwest into the Florida Keys. It is called Highway One. It starts into the Keys from the state of Florida at a bridge that crosses the water to the island of Key Largo6.

        The road is narrow and the traffic is often slow as it travels through each of the small towns of the Keys. Highway One is about 157 kilometers from Key Largo to its end in Key West. It extends across many bridges between the islands. The longest of these bridges is eleven kilometers long. It is called Seven Mile Bridge and was completed in 1911. At the time, it was considered one of the wonders of the world. No bridge crossed as much open water.

        It was a strong bridge, too. Seven Mile Bridge survived many storms, including one huge ocean storm that damaged the Keys in 1935. The first Seven Mile Bridge was replaced in 1982, but you can still see the old bridge, close to the new one.

        (MUSIC)

        VOICE TWO:

        Today, the Florida Keys are a popular holiday area. Many of the islands have beautiful white sand beaches. Swimming and boating7 are major sports. Visitors can pay to go on a boat for a fishing trip. They can catch many different kinds of fish including huge fish called sailfish8 or marlin. People come from all over the world to fish in the Florida Keys. In fact, the people who live on Islamorada Key claim their island is the “Sports Fishing Capital of the World.”

        However, the people of other Keys say the fishing is just as good off their islands.

        Visitors can ride on other kinds of boats in the Florida Keys. Some are special party boats. These go out for the day or during the night. There are food and drinks on these boats. They might also have bands or recorded music for dancing.

        VOICE ONE:

        The music heard in the Florida Keys is unusual. You can hear Cuban music. You can hear music of the Caribbean islands, old calypso music from deep in the Caribbean and reggae from Jamaica. You can also hear a lot of music by American songwriter and singer Jimmy Buffet9. His music is a mix of American country and western, rock and the sounds of the Caribbean islands. People who really like his music call themselves “Parrot Heads.”

        It is now time to take a little trip. Let us pretend10 we are traveling across the last bridge on Highway One to the island of Key West. Our car radio is playing one of Jimmy Buffet’s most famous songs, “Margaritaville.”

        (MUSIC)

        VOICE TWO:

        As we cross the bridge to Key West, we can see many boats. Some are fishing boats you can use for the day. Others belong to people who have sailed their boats here from many different places.

        In the city, the houses are almost all painted white. A few are pink or light blue. Many houses are very old and very small. Key West is a very old city. Many of the buildings are more than one-hundred years old.

        Many palm11 trees grow here. Colorful flowers grow in front of many of the little houses. You can stay in a room in one of these houses for the night. You can smell the ocean on the soft warm wind that blows across the island.

        We drive past several streets and then come to Whitehead Street. We turn left. Very soon we come to the end of the street. There is a monument here. The sign says this is the southernmost part of the United12 States. The sign says “American Begins Here.” Beyond the sign is the ocean.

        VOICE ONE:

        After taking a few photographs of the sign, we turn the car around and follow Whitehead Street to number nine-oh-seven. This house belonged to the famous American writer Ernest Hemingway. For a few dollars, you can see the inside of the house. Hemingway had many cats when he lived here. He is gone, but the cats remain. Many are asleep on the beds or chairs. They are used to seeing people walking through the old house.#p#分頁標題#e#

        VOICE TWO:

        After we leave the Hemingway house, we travel a little way to Green Street. There is a private museum here we want to visit. It is the Mel Fisher Maritime13 Heritage14 Society Museum. The museum is named after treasure hunter Mel Fisher. He discovered an old sunken Spanish treasure ship near Key West more than twenty years ago.

        That ship was the Nuestra Senora de Atocha. Visitors can see some of the ship’s treasure at the museum. You can hold a huge, solid15 bar of gold worth many thousands of dollars. You can put your hands through a hole in a clear, plastic box and hold the huge piece of gold. But the box is built so you can not turn the bar toward16 the hole. You can not take the gold with you!

        However, the museum store will sell you real Spanish coins that were found on the famous ship. They are very costly17. Or you can buy a copy of a coin for much less money.

        VOICE ONE:

        From Mel Fisher’s Museum, we walk the short distance to Mallory Square, the center of Key West’s historic18 area. The square is famous for the Key West sunset19 celebration20 that is held each night if the weather is good. It is really more famous for the unusual people and animals you can see here. For example, you can see people sing or play music. You can see cats perform tricks. You can watch trained birds. You can buy a hat. Or just watch the beautiful sunset.

        VOICE TWO:

        From Mallory Square we walk to Duval Street. This is where we find many good eating and drinking places. You can buy very good Cuban food. Cuba is only about 140 kilometers from Key West. The Cuban influence can be strongly felt in the city.

        Or maybe you want to eat seafood21 instead. There are many good seafood restaurants. Singer Jimmy Buffet owns an eating place here, too. It is the Margaritaville Café where you can get a good American cheeseburger.

        You can also find drinking places that have bands. Some bands play rock music. Some play music of the Caribbean. Still others play country and western music. There seems to be a kind of music for everyone.

        There are many other businesses along Duval Street. Many stores sell clothing. Some stores sell the works22 of local Key West artists. Duval Street is a lively area. There seems to be a party here until very late into the night.

        VOICE ONE:

        There is much more to do and see in Key West. You can take a high-speed boat trip for about an hour to the Dry Tortugas National Park. A huge military23 fort24 was built there before the American Civil War.

        You can rent an aircraft25 and take photographs of the beautiful Keys from the air. You can learn to breathe under water using special equipment. And, when your holiday is finished, you can drive slowly up Highway One, through the many other Florida Keys, stopping to enjoy each one on the way home.

        (MUSIC)

        This program was written by Paul Thompson and produced by Cynthia Kirk and Caty Weaver26. I'm Steve Ember with Mary Tillotson. Please join us again next week for another THIS IS AMERICA in VOA Special English.
         
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        1 extend ZmixQ     
        v.伸開;展開,伸展;擴大;加大
        參考例句:
        • Can you extend your visit for a few days more?你能把你的訪問再延長幾天嗎?
        • The examinations extend over two weeks.考試持續兩個星期。
        2 extends ae635f08107a69569e636835f24e6f6f     
        v.(空間、時間等)延伸,延續( extend的第三人稱單數 );伸展;給予;延長
        參考例句:
        • This country extends its power and influence into neighbouring countries. 這個國家將其勢力與影響擴大至鄰國。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
        • His domain extends for 20 miles in every direction. 方圓20英里之內都是他的地產。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
        3 monument q1zy6     
        n.紀念碑;遺址,遺跡;有永久價值的作品,不朽的功業
        參考例句:
        • A monument was set up as a memorial to the dead soldiers.為陣亡將士立了一個紀念碑。
        • The monument bears the mark of age.紀念碑上有年深日久的痕跡。
        4 explorer Ahjz9     
        n.探險家,探測者
        參考例句:
        • His father is an Arctic explorer.他父親是一位北極探險者。
        • The explorer organized an expedition to the North Pole.那位考察者組織了一個去北極的探險隊。
        5 explorers fcf417f4dd28bfc3282fc050888d1aec     
        n.探險家,勘探者( explorer的名詞復數 )
        參考例句:
        • The explorers climbed a mound to survey the land around them. 勘探者爬上土丘去勘測周圍的土地。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
        • The explorers had to rough it when they got into the jungle. 那些探險者進入叢林后,不得不過著艱苦的生活。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
        6 largo H90zb     
        n.廣板樂章;adj.緩慢的,寬廣的;adv.緩慢地,寬廣地
        參考例句:
        • The tempo marking in most cases is andante,adagio,or largo.大多數第一樂章的速度標記是行板、柔板或廣板。
        • The second movement is a largo.第二樂章是廣板樂章。
        7 boating xxxznD     
        n.劃船
        參考例句:
        • They were fond of boating.他們喜歡劃船。
        • The lovely river itself was ideal for fishing and boating.這條美麗的河流本身就宜于釣魚和劃船。
        8 sailfish Pjtz4H     
        n.旗魚,姥鮫
        參考例句:
        • The state offers a huge variety of fish,from largemouth bass to sailfish.這里出產非常多種魚類,從闊嘴黑鱸到旗魚等不一而足。
        • A fine start to the day,and my first sailfish on a fly.這一天的開局不錯,這也是我第一次用飛桿釣到旗魚。
        9 buffet 8sXzg     
        n.自助餐;飲食柜臺;餐臺
        參考例句:
        • Are you having a sit-down meal or a buffet at the wedding?你想在婚禮中擺桌宴還是搞自助餐?
        • Could you tell me what specialties you have for the buffet?你能告訴我你們的自助餐有什么特色菜嗎?
        10 pretend 2Q4xj     
        vt.假裝,假托,裝扮;vi.假裝,裝作
        參考例句:
        • So you don't need to pretend,do you?所以你不必裝假了,對吧?
        • Many people pretend that they understand modern art.許多人裝著自己懂得現代藝術。
        11 palm yKTxE     
        n.手掌,棕櫚,勝利;vt.與…握手,藏…于掌中
        參考例句:
        • That woman had her husband in the palm of her hand.那女人牢牢地控制住她丈夫。
        • Palm trees grow all around the island.島上到處長著棕櫚樹。
        12 united Yfmz2c     
        adj.和諧的;團結的;聯合的,統一的
        參考例句:
        • The whole nation is closely united.全國人民緊密團結。
        • The two men were united by community of interests.共同的利益使兩個人結合在一起。
        13 maritime 62yyA     
        adj.海的,海事的,航海的,近海的,沿海的
        參考例句:
        • Many maritime people are fishermen.許多居于海濱的人是漁夫。
        • The temperature change in winter is less in maritime areas.冬季沿海的溫差較小。
        14 heritage odmx3     
        n.傳統,遺產,繼承物
        參考例句:
        • The ancient buildings are part of the national heritage.這些古建筑是民族遺產的一部分。
        • We Chinese have a great cultural heritage.我們中國人有偉大的文化遺產。
        15 solid QF2za     
        adj.固體的,結實的,可靠的,實心的;n.固體,實心;adv. 一致地
        參考例句:
        • Water may change from a liquid to a solid.水可以由液體變為固體。
        • I know that James is a solid type of person.我知道詹姆斯是個可信賴的人。
        16 toward on6we     
        prep.對于,關于,接近,將近,向,朝
        參考例句:
        • Suddenly I saw a tall figure approaching toward the policeman.突然間我看到一個高大的身影朝警察靠近。
        • Upon seeing her,I smiled and ran toward her. 看到她我笑了,并跑了過去。
        17 costly 7zXxh     
        adj.昂貴的,價值高的,豪華的
        參考例句:
        • It must be very costly to keep up a house like this.維修這么一幢房子一定很昂貴。
        • This dictionary is very useful,only it is a bit costly.這本詞典很有用,左不過貴了些。
        18 historic AcNxw     
        adj.歷史上著名的,具有歷史意義的
        參考例句:
        • This is a historic occasion.這是具有重大歷史意義的時刻。
        • We are living in a great historic era.我們正處在一個偉大的歷史時代。
        19 sunset FUwzh     
        n.日落;衰落時期(尤指人的晚年)
        參考例句:
        • They'll work on till sunset.他們將繼續工作,直到日落。
        • The sunset was a very beautiful sight.那落日真是一幅美景。
        20 celebration xUhyq     
        n.慶祝,慶祝會;典禮
        參考例句:
        • The celebration passed off successfully.慶祝活動圓滿結束。
        • The celebration of Christmas is a custom.慶祝圣誕節是一種習俗。
        21 seafood 7j6zUl     
        n.海產食品,海味,海鮮
        參考例句:
        • There's an excellent seafood restaurant near here.離這兒不遠有家非常不錯的海鮮館。
        • Shrimps are a popular type of seafood.小蝦是比較普遍的一種海味。
        22 works ieuzIh     
        n.作品,著作;工廠,活動部件,機件
        參考例句:
        • We expect writers to produce more and better works.我們期望作家們寫出更多更好的作品。
        • The novel is regarded as one of the classic works.這篇小說被公認為是最優秀的作品之一。
        23 military RDbxh     
        n.軍隊;adj.軍事的,軍人的,好戰的
        參考例句:
        • The area has been declared a closed military zone.這個地區已宣布為軍事禁區。
        • The king was just the tool of the military government.國王只是軍政府的一個傀儡。
        24 fort pi3x4     
        n.要塞,堡壘,碉堡
        參考例句:
        • The fort can not be defended against an air attack.這座要塞遭到空襲時無法防御。
        • No one can get into the fort without a pass.沒有通行證,任何人不得進入要塞。
        25 aircraft hKUyP     
        n.飛機 (單復數同)
        參考例句:
        • Your seat is in the fore part of the aircraft.你的座位在飛機的前部。
        • They have placed an order with us for three new aircraft.他們向我們訂購了三架新飛機。
        26 weaver LgWwd     
        n.織布工;編織者
        參考例句:
        • She was a fast weaver and the cloth was very good.她織布織得很快,而且布的質量很好。
        • The eager weaver did not notice my confusion.熱心的紡織工人沒有注意到我的狼狽相。
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