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What do I like about Florida - part 1

Friends frequently ask me why do I like Florida. They have never been themselves and were intrigued that we decided to buy a house there and therefore visit at least twice a year. I shall answer my question as a villa owner as I probably see Florida ...
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You Say Tomato, I Say Tomato - Part Two

Now you have arrived in Florida, stocked up with supplies from the shops and supermarket, it’s time to explore your home for the next few weeks and get out and about to begin your vacation adventure. The Villa (or Vacation Home! ) You’...
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You Say Tomato, I Say Tomato - Part One

One thing that always surprises and delights me on my trips to Florida is that every time we go we learn something new. This is particularly true when it comes to the language. Yes we all speak English but there are so many words and phrases that hav...
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A light hearted look at language differences on either side of the pond!

The first time we arrived in Florida from the UK, we were pleased we were going somewhere where we would be able to speak the language. However, we were surprised at the differences between British English and American English. Although the same lang...
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One for the Boys - Shave and Haircut - Highly Recommended

On entering premises you are immediately relaxed by the cool air conditioning, a welcome drop in temperature from the 85 degrees outside. The waiting area has a wooden floor , large rug, oval wooden table with magazines. There is a complementary drin...
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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is one of Floridas favourite adopted daughters and you can visit her restored cracker style home in Ocala. Marjorie moved with her husband to Cross Creek, a tiny community in Ocala in the 1920s and lived the life of a...
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What’s so special about Florida? Part 3

So far in my first two “what’s makes Florida Special” instalments have written about the fantastic weather and climate and the friendly and helpfulness of the Floridians but in this instalment I am going to tell you about the service. Service...
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What’s so Special about Florida - Part 2

In Part 1 I talked about the climate and weather being special , well in Part 2 I am going to talk about the people of Florida and how genuinely friendly and helpful they are. The first thing I noticed on my very first trip to Florida was the...
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What’s so Special about Florida? - Part 1

I am often asked so what’s so special about Florida? Well in my view there are a number of things that make it special although I have to state from the outset that most of my Floridian experience is based on frequent trips to Orlando although I have...
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Florida Wineries and Vineyards

When you think about Florida many things come to mind; Sun, Disney World even Orange groves. The one thing that never seems to appear on anyone’s list is grapes and the products that come from them, like wine. Now it’s at this point that most...
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The Long Road to Utopia

It’s five o’clock in the morning And time for us to rise To catch the big bird in the sky Yes, it’s time for us to fly To get some sun and have a break That really is the score To visit our villa once againViewed 2736 times since 1 September 2008.

Know your bottlenose dolphins

You know that they are fascinating to watch, you know that they are very intelligent, you know that they are grey and live in water, but did you know all this about them? Read on… Bottlenose dolphins are found all over the world, in temperate ...
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Dolphin Facts

Bottlenose dolphins are endlessly fascinating to watch as they are playful and clever. Here are some facts that you might not already know about them. Dolphins live in groups called pods All male pods are called bachelor po...
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Manatees – an endangered species

The fascinating Florida manatee is a subspecies of the West Indian manatee. Their numbers in Florida are reducing to the extent that they are now an endangered species and unless man takes more care of their environment their numbers will continue to...
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Collecting Quarters

You may wonder what the title means, particularly if you have yet to visit Orlando, Florida. Why on earth would anyone want to collect quarter coins you may well ask? Well, I don’t mean the common or garden bog standard quarters, but the fasc...
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I Spy with my little eye …….A Snowy Egret

I suppose many of us have seen various types of bird life as we journey to and from the airport on the way to our villa or holiday accommodation and even on our way to the Theme Parks, other Orlando tourist venues or just out for a shopping trip. Viewed 3215 times since 1 September 2008.

Nicknames of Florida's Towns and Cities

Did you know that many of Florida’s beautiful towns and cities have nicknames? These nicknames have evolved over the years and have been absorbed into the history of the area. Many were coined by the locals, or by tourists or outsiders to describe so...
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The Lighthouses of Florida

I have to confess that, until I started some preliminary research for a trip to Key West and read about it’s lighthouse, I had not really considered the need or existence for such structures along the (in my mind) sandy shores of Florida. Cli...
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Orlando’s Local Vineyard

When most people consider looking for a bottle of North American Wine their thoughts, probably naturally, turn to California and the wine producing areas of the Napa Valley. Names such as Paul Masson, Ernest and Julio Gallo and Kendall Jackson are we...
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A Whistle-Stop Tour of International Drive

It is over twenty-five years since we first visited Orlando and stayed on International Drive which, at that time, was by far the most popular area for accommodation. Since then, however, staying in a villa has become increasingly popular, especially...
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