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Florida place names and their origins

As you make your way around Florida I’m sure you will wonder where some of the interesting and unusual names for towns and cities came from. I finally got around to doing some research of my own and have discovered that many of them come from the Nat...
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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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More than theme parks

I love Florida. Of course we all know about Disney and Universal etc. etc. My favourite park is Seaworld and the pirate show, so clever and so funny, but I’m sure that the Magic Kingdom is a firm favourite with the kiddies. Meeting Mickey Mouse and f...
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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 3453 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 3935 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...
Viewed 3910 times since 1 September 2008.

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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Christmas Memories 2

A Thousand and some Lights Returning after dark to sample the delights of “The Park by Night” was a wonderful time. This visit we took the ferry over the lake to the entrance of the Magic Kingdom. It was the best way to go as from the ...
Viewed 3354 times since 1 September 2008.

Christmas Memories.

First Impressions A year ago today we made the trip to Florida for our first Floridian Christmas. The family was split up as we could not all get seats on the same flight. Both flights were to arrive at Orlando International Airport wi...
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Thanksgiving 2007

Since first becoming a villa owner nearly 8 years ago I have always wanted to be in Florida for Thanksgiving. I think that was mainly because it was celebration we did not have in Britain and was quite fascinated to see what it was all about. Viewed 3979 times since 1 September 2008.

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