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History of Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport is one of the busiest in the world, and it is the main hub for Delta flights, both domestic and international. If you fly with Delta to Orlando International Airport, then you will most likely land at ...
Viewed 3610 times since 1 January 2009.

A HISTORY OF MOUNT DORA

On a recent visit to our beautiful villa in Orlando we discovered a new and interesting place which is off the beaten track. Mount Dora is a fascinating and historical town just north of Apopka. It was founded in the late 19th century, when it was se...
Viewed 4374 times since 31 December 2008.

THANKSGIVING TRADITIONS - PART 2

One of the most important holidays in the USA calendar is Thanksgiving, which takes place on the fourth Thursday in November, every year. It is a great time for families to join together to celebrate, and to give thanks for, everything they have. Dat...
Viewed 2820 times since 30 December 2008.

THANKSGIVING TRADITIONS - PART 1 TURKEY

Thanksgiving takes place in the USA on the fourth Thursday in November, every year. It is a time when families gather together to celebrate and to give thanks for everything they have. It is one of the most important National holidays and dates back ...
Viewed 3095 times since 30 December 2008.

The Museum of Discovery and Science

If ever you visit Fort Lauderdale and you have a few hours to spare then one place I can fully recommend is The Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale was built to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children...
Viewed 3210 times since 29 December 2008.

Fort Christmas

Looking for a different day out in Florida, then we would thoroughly recommend Fort Christmas. This is an easy thirty minute drive from the Orlando area, in the direction of Titusville (please either use a sat-nav or get more accurate directions than...
Viewed 2473 times since 29 December 2008.

Horse racing in Florida

Although Florida is home to nearly all breeds of horses, Thoroughbreds outnumber all the others. In fact, Ocala, located in North Central Florida, breeds an impressive 3, 500 to 5, 000 Thoroughbred race horses each year. Unless you follow the...
Viewed 5085 times since 25 December 2008.

THE SNAIL KITE

The Florida snail kite feeds almost exclusively on apple snails and, in the United States, is found only in Florida. In times past the snail kites were found from southeast of Tallahassee right down to the Everglades. Wetland drainage and development...
Viewed 3368 times since 8 December 2008.

THE GREEN ANOLE

Leapin’ Lizards! Have you ever seen something scurry over your pool cage ? Well it could well be a Green Anole - a little lizard. (pronounced: uh’ no-lee) one of Florida’ s true native lizards. You have no doubt seen them cl...
Viewed 4804 times since 26 November 2008.

THE SWALLOW TAILED KITE

What’ s that in the sky? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It’ s. . . . oh, actually it IS a bird! The Swallow-tailed Kite is a native Floridian predator. The easiest ways to recognise these birds are by its long forked tai...
Viewed 3310 times since 26 November 2008.

Purple Gallinule

The Purple Gallinule is one of Florida’ s most graceful wading birds. Member of the Rail family is a common resident throughout Florida’s swamps and ponds and freshwater marshes. You may have seen it walking lightly on lily pads and flo...
Viewed 3819 times since 14 November 2008.

Florida Ranch Rodeo Finals

It is very easy to forget when visiting all the tourist attractions that Florida still has a large farming industry and that cattle ranching is still an important part of the economy. Throughout the year the large farms compete amongst themselves in ...
Viewed 2898 times since 5 November 2008.

Unspoilt Orlando – Relaxation Amongst The Excitement

The biggest attractions in Orlando are our parks and shopping. They give us our most memorable experiences (and most memorable credit card statements! ) but it can get a bit much when it is day after day of noise, concrete and action. So how about ge...
Viewed 4866 times since 14 October 2008.

The Holiday Adventure Begins

The morning breaks and we are ready To drive to the airport very steady It’s holiday time and off we go To our villa from so long ago After a drive of 2 hours or so Arrive at the car park here we go Unload th...
Viewed 2701 times since 8 October 2008.

Key Limes

No trip to Florida would be complete without sampling the wonderful key lime pie – although I’ve yet to find anybody that managed to stop at just sampling it! Key limes are smaller than your average lime and rounder, a bit like a fluorescent ...
Viewed 3147 times since 26 September 2008.

The 50 State Quarters Programme

Our fascination with State Quarters began several years ago when we first visited Florida, and we now have a substantial collection of these interesting coins. In 1999 the US Federal Government began releasing commemorative quarter coins on a...
Viewed 3973 times since 9 September 2008.

In search of the Florida Scrub Jay

On our most recent visit to Orlando we took along my sister and brother-in- law who were very much into the natural habitats of the many species of animals, reptiles and birds that Florida has to offer. We, on the other hand, had got rather used to t...
Viewed 3541 times since 1 September 2008.

The history of Florida

Ever wondered how Florida became Florida? Well I was certainly intrigued enough to want to find out and thought I would share this in a potted history. The first native Americans, Paleo Indians, entered into Florida over 14, 000 years ago fro...
Viewed 7857 times since 1 September 2008.

Separated by a common language

It is often quoted that Britain and America are separated by our common language and the more time I spend in Florida the more this becomes apparent. From the time the car rental is picked up at the start of your vacation the words ...
Viewed 2892 times since 1 September 2008.

Deed Restrictions

Part of Florida life and rental ownership that is not immediately obvious to holidaymakers as they make their way to their chosen villas in Orlando or along the Gulf Coast communities is that virtually all villas, and their owners, are committed to c...
Viewed 3602 times since 1 September 2008.

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