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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 2887 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 3373 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 4222 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 3759 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 8083 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 3088 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 3802 times since 1 September 2008.

FORTHCOMING CONCERTS IN CENTRAL FLORIDA - JUL - NOV 2008

Do you ever think of taking in a concert during your visit to the Orlando area? Some of the people we have been lucky enough to see include B B King, Meatloaf, Oasis, Jet, Gwen Stefani, Willie Nelson & Paul Rogers. Slightly unusual choice of sing...
Viewed 3882 times since 1 September 2008.

Florida’s Climate

Probably the single most important factor that attracts us back to Florida year on year is the weather. Florida’s Climate can be described as subtropical although odd cold spells are not unknown in the winter time. The seasons in Florida are driven m...
Viewed 7501 times since 1 September 2008.

Ice in Orlando ?

It is eighty degrees outside, the sun is shining, people are wearing shorts and tee-shirts – so why are we dressed in thick padded coats which dare as cosy as the warmest quilt? Answer - we are about to enter the fabulous Ice Show at Gaylord Palms! !...
Viewed 3644 times since 1 September 2008.

American States and Car Registration Plates

When we first visited Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, we could not help but notice the very interesting number plates on all the cars. Unlike the plain and somewhat boring number plates on UK cars, American cars show their state of origin, oft...
Viewed 4898 times since 1 September 2008.

What do I like about Florida – part 3

When I started writing part 1 I never thought I would still be going on part 3. It just shows how many things there are about Florida to like. Before I leave the Orlando area I have to mention the shopping. With the current exchange rate shop...
Viewed 2918 times since 1 September 2008.

What do I like about Florida – part 2

As I said in my previous article there are just so many things we like. The next thing we like are the restaurants. Whatever your budget there is always somewhere you can find to eat. There are the budget eateries, like Dennys, Ponderosa, Gol...
Viewed 3569 times since 1 September 2008.

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 ...
Viewed 3278 times since 1 September 2008.

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’...
Viewed 3674 times since 1 September 2008.

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...
Viewed 3113 times since 1 September 2008.

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...
Viewed 3108 times since 1 September 2008.

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...
Viewed 3909 times since 1 September 2008.

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...
Viewed 3203 times since 1 September 2008.

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...
Viewed 3764 times since 1 September 2008.

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