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Our First Ever Visit to Florida - Part 7

At last, after your long journey you have landed safely at the airport, your plane taxis along to the point at which they can attach the stand so everyone can get off and collect their luggage and passport control or more correctly immigration contro...
Viewed 488 times since 11 October 2017.

Our First Ever Visit to Florida - Part 6

After watching 2 or 3 films a lot of the flight has gone and its not long before you're approaching the descent into Orlando airport we were given a quick bite to eat a muffin and coffee or tea, as this was our first long-haul flight it had seemed qu...
Viewed 526 times since 11 October 2017.

Our First Ever Visit to Florida - Part 5

The pilot throttle up the engines they make such a sound our youngest son never really liked this bit and to this day in his twenties he still doesn’t like this bit and soon after your hurling down the runway and to this day I still wonder how such a...
Viewed 392 times since 9 October 2017.

Our First Ever Visit to Florida - Part 4

We arrive at the desk as our row has been called, a quick check of our boarding cards and passports and were through and in the covered walkway to the airplane, this is where the excitement begins as this was our first transatlantic flight we were al...
Viewed 424 times since 9 October 2017.

Our First Ever Visit to Florida - Part 3

Our boarding passes in our hand we entered the departure lounge with little fuss the security Pre 9/11 was much more relaxed your hand luggage went through the scanner and you had to walk through the metal detector but it was very much more relaxed t...
Viewed 425 times since 9 October 2017.

Our First Ever Visit to Florida - Part 2

Right so we have chosen the destination the hotel, the airline and the airport and even the amount of luggage that we are taking all we need now is to arrange our traveller's cheques, yes that’s right I said travellers cheques in those days everyone ...
Viewed 415 times since 9 October 2017.

Our First Ever Visit to Florida - Part 1

It is some years ago now but I can still vividly remember our very first trip to Florida as we had never taken a holiday that was as far away as Florida we decided that as this was to be a very special trip for us that we would go with my sister and ...
Viewed 474 times since 9 October 2017.

New York – Lake George

If you visit New York during winter then Lake George is a good place for a weekend winter getaway. Once the lakes freeze and the trees have a snow blanket it’s time to embrace the winter season. You will find downhill skiing and snowboarding, over 20...
Viewed 1143 times since 2 June 2016.

Automated Passenger Control Booths at MCO

The self service kiosks or automated passenger control booths, APC for short, were introduced at Orlando International Airport in the last two or three years and certainly seem to have speeded up the transit through immigration. In order to use the t...
Viewed 1690 times since 18 January 2016.

Travelling to Orlando with young children

Many people ask me what the right age is to travel to Florida. Where there is never going to be a right or wrong answer to this question (due to different people’s perspective). All I would tell people is there are ways you can ensure children don’t ...
Viewed 1107 times since 23 December 2015.

New Restrictions on Hand Luggage

A lot has been written and reported about the new restrictions on hand baggage. As far as Florida goes, there a few things to bear in mind. First, keep in mind that you are going to be on the aircraft for about nine and half hours goi...
Viewed 1125 times since 21 August 2015.

Is upgrading your seats on the flight worth it?

Flights are one of the largest outlays you will need to factor in when wanting to holiday in Florida. For most the flight is part of the holiday experience and because of this we often get asked if it is worth upgrading the seats on the flight. Econo...
Viewed 1323 times since 9 July 2015.

A California Wine Valley Tour Part 2

The first vineyard we visited was the Martinelli Vineyard which was a small family run winery. It was built into the hillside and we were were told of some of the challenges of growing grapes on a terraced hillside rather than in the more traditional...
Viewed 1462 times since 16 January 2015.

The Mansions of Newport RI Pt 4

The Marble house was situated much further along Bellevue Avenue than the two properties we had previously visited and on our journey to the mansion we passed many other properties we would like to visit on another trip. The Marble Ho...
Viewed 1242 times since 10 January 2015.

The Mansions of Newport RI Pt 3

When we left The Elms we decided to head for The Breakers, home of the Vanderbilt family and built by Cornelius Vanderbilt who had made his fortune in shipping and railroads. Our stroll to The Breakers took us further down Bellevue Av...
Viewed 1229 times since 10 January 2015.

The mansions of Newport RI Pt 2

Following The Servants Life Tour and our stroll around the grounds of The Elms, we returned to the grand entrance of the house and presented our tickets to tour the mansion. The tour took the form of an audio guide which meant we could spend as littl...
Viewed 1249 times since 10 January 2015.

The mansions of Newport RI Pt 1

We had visited Newport Rhode Island several years ago but only for the day and on this occasion were disappointed that we could take the mansion tour as due to its popularity it was fully booked and we resolved to visit again sometime in the future a...
Viewed 1368 times since 10 January 2015.

Lake Placid, New York. Pt 4

The Olympic Passport includes a visit to the ski area at Little Whiteface Mountain with a ride up the Cloud Splitter Gondola and admission to the Veterans Memorial Highway where we could drive to the top of Whiteface Mountain. It took us another half...
Viewed 1541 times since 10 January 2015.

Lake Placid, New York. Pt 3

It was a short car journey to Mount Van Hoevenberg and the Olympic Sports Complex. This is the home of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic in ground bobsled run, which, in 2010 was placed on The National Register of Historic Places. The site now also houses th...
Viewed 1846 times since 10 January 2015.

Lake Placid, New York. Pt 2

The first stop on our Olympic Passport tour was The Olympic Museum, housed in The Olympic Centre. A trip to the museum was on our ' to do' list as was a trip to Whiteface Mountain but we hadn' t realized that we would be able to visit other Olympic v...
Viewed 1592 times since 10 January 2015.

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