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Florida, the Sunshine State

In 1565 the first permanent settlement was founded in St. Augustine. Pensacola was given the nickname of 'City of Five Flags' because at one time or another it was under the rule of Spain, France, England, the Confederacy, and the United States. Even...
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Famous Floridians

In my best school teacher voice, raise your hand if you can name 5 famous showbiz Floridians… Anyone? Nope me either, so I thought I would do some research and find out. It’s amazing what you can find with very little effort and Florida has its fa...
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An ice cream or an original creation?

If it’s the latter then why not try The Cold Stone Creamery? I swear you will not be disappointed. There are several locations in Orlando but we visited the one in The Watertower Place at Celebration, just off the 192. We were greet...
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Television in Florida

No-one chooses to spend their vacation in Florida because of the television on offer. But your Orlando Villas Vacation Home will provide at least one television, and this will be a welcome addition to the entertainment on your vacation. And wh...
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Florida for music and film lovers

When planning a Florida holiday, most guests tend to plan their trips around the fabulous theme parks, perhaps with a trip to the wonderful Gulf Coast beaches, a bit of shopping - and, of course, lazing by your own private pool at one of Orlando Vill...
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Professional Sport 2

There is already an article within this guide on the vast array of professional sport in the Disney area. That article focuses on Baseball, Basketball and Ice Hockey. This article follows on from that with some more ideas. American Football...
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Professional Sport in Central Florida

Many visitors to the Orlando area are attracted by the more obvious attractions - Disney, Universal, SeaWorld, and, of course, the wonderful weather. Whilst there is no doubt these attractions on their own are enough to fill even the most dema...
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Flights of fancy?

The first time I flew to Orlando, it was on a Monarch flight from Luton airport to Orlando via Bangor in Maine!! It was a completely new experience for me, at the time I think my longest flight was around 5 hours at that point. So, I was understandab...
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Buying electrical items in the US

The first question on everyone’s minds ‘Is Florida cheaper than the United Kingdom?’ Well from my experience buying electrical equipment in the United States is much better value than buying back home. Here are some reasons why. Firstly yo...
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Cold Stone Creamery

If you are an ice cream lover then this is definitely a place you should not miss! I recommend that you don’t go there unless you have plenty of time to spare as there is such a large choice that you will be certain to take quite a while to make your...
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Orlando Thrill rides

You can’t beat Florida for fantastic thrill rides. With so many parks to choose from there is something for everyone. New rides are being built all the time, so there is always a new one to try. Here are just three of my all time favourites. ...
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Art at Orlando International Airport

It is always a pleasure to fly in or out of Orlando International Airport (MCO), and we look forward to stepping off the ‘plane and walking through its stunning interior. Many airports are introducing art to make them more vibrant and friendly, and O...
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Amounts to Tip in the U.S.

The term, ``TIP'', was considered to be an acronym for “To Insure Promptness''. Nowadays, tips are more or less expected. The wages in the service industries in the United States are very poor and they rely on their tips to make a living and unles...
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Should I Tip in the US

Tipping can be an emotive subject with many people so I thought I would go over some of the basics here with more specifics in another article. In some place in the world offering a tip is considered an insult and should not be done. However the Unit...
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The Grand Floridian Hotel

The Grand Floridian is a wonderful display of the splendor of the old grand style Victorian hotels that were built after the railroad made Florida accessible. This style of hotel was built when Florida became the place to go in the winter of the mid ...
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THE WIMPS GUIDE TO THE PARKS – PART 2 HOW TO AVOID SCARY RIDES

Having read ‘The Wimps Guide to the Parks, Part 1’ you should now know what sort of wimp you are. You will probably feel a great sense of relief at having ‘come out’, so how can you identify other wimps? First, you are not alone, there are literally ...
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The best coasters in and around Orlando

A guide to the best coasters in and around Orlando This is an introduction to some of our favourite coasters in Orlando and Busch Gardens. Although there are plenty of theme parks to choose from in Florida, they cater to a wide range of...
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A Little Bit of Britain in Sunny Florida

If you have ever wanted to visit the United Kingdom for a vacation or to visit long lost relatives, a trip to The Rose and Crown Dining Room and Pub in the United Kingdom Pavilion in Epcot is something you may be interested in. However, don’t be take...
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How to make the best of a long flight

The flight time to Orlando from the UK is usually around nine hours, and lumped together as a whole it seems to take forever. But with a little thought and preparation it can literally fly by, and you have arrived before you know it….. I ...
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Points make prizes: World points at BAA airports

Here is a new twist on an idea that has been around for a while. If you are like me, you have a purse full of reward cards to collect your points/coupons/money off vouchers for your patronage of various establishments, then there’s a new kid o...
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