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What a trip this was! Part 5

Our flight to Orlando has been delayed – so far, just overnight, and we have been sent to the Le Meridien Hotel. Everything has been arranged surprisingly efficiently, all things considered. It is all credit to the airline that they have ...
Viewed 1822 times since 15 July 2011.

What a trip this was! Part 4

Our first trip to Orlando has been going steadily downhill – and we haven’t even left Gatwick! Our flight has been delayed, and its scheduled departure of 12. 30 haS been put back several times. We have been fobbed off for hours with snip...
Viewed 1691 times since 15 July 2011.

What a trip this was! Part 3

We have arrived at Gatwick Airport en route for Orlando via Gander in Newfoundland. It has been a tortuous time so far, and things are not looking good. The monitors tell us that our flight is delayed, but its only for an hour, so we aren...
Viewed 1903 times since 15 July 2011.

What a trip this was! Part 2

After a pretty disastrous start to our first holiday to Orlando, we are finally settled into our comfortable hotel in Crawley, where we are spending the night before we catch our flight to Orlando tomorrow afternoon. After a pleasant afte...
Viewed 5069 times since 15 July 2011.

What a trip this was! Part 1

Our first trip to Orlando could very well have been our last. So many things went wrong that it is hard to believe that only a few months later we decided to go back, and then buy a villa! It just shows how much we love being in Orlando! ...
Viewed 1942 times since 15 July 2011.

Flying to Florida with US Airways – Part 9

Our flight across the Atlantic is over, and we are waiting for our domestic flight to Fort Lauderdale. We have flown with US Airways on our way to pick up a cruise to celebrate my birthday. Friday, September 3rd, 15. 45 Local ...
Viewed 1790 times since 13 March 2011.

Flying to Florida with US Airways – Part 7

We are on our way to Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport via Charlotte, flying with US Airways from London, Gatwick. The first leg of our journey is over and we have landed in Charlotte. Having been through Immigration and Customs, we mus...
Viewed 1868 times since 9 March 2011.

All Aboard!

So, at long last you are on the plane; you will be on board for almost 9 hours so a little preparation is a jolly good idea. Firstly, make sure everyone is wearing comfortable clothes; trackie bottoms and t shirts are fine with a couple o...
Viewed 408 times since 5 March 2011.

The Kia Sorento

For the first leg of our summer vacation last year we flew into Miami having pre-ordered a mid/standard sized SUV(4x4) vehicle from Alamo car rental. We were collected at the airport by a new bus system that all of the major rental companies now shar...
Viewed 2213 times since 8 February 2011.

AMBER Alerts

When we have been driving along the highways in Florida, and particularly around our villa in Orlando, we have often noticed that LED signs along the road are used to make people aware of car registration numbers of people the law enforcement agencie...
Viewed 2632 times since 28 January 2011.

The HOV Lane on the I-95 in Miami

On our regular trips to Miami or Fort Lauderdale, either prior, or following a visit to our beautiful villa in Orlando, we have normally made use of the ‘HOV’ (High Occupancy Vehicle – 2 or more people) lane on the Interstate 95, and have been please...
Viewed 3166 times since 11 January 2011.

Tampa International Airport

Tampa International Airport is located 6km west of the business district of Tampa. Close by are numerous hotels and two shopping malls, the International Plaza and Bay Street. It is a modern airport designed with a central hub from where passengers a...
Viewed 3079 times since 16 October 2010.

Flying to Tampa with British Airways Part 5

Immigration, Green forms, and silly mistakes. Our British Airways ‘plane has landed safely in Tampa after an excellent flight, and we are quickly off the ‘plane, and soon we will be at our lovely villa in Orlando. We walk down the corridor, t...
Viewed 2344 times since 2 October 2010.

Flying to Tampa with British Airways Part 4

Flying to Tampa with British Airways Part 4 – Movies, chocolate and the Bermuda Triangle We are flying over the Atlantic Ocean on our way to Tampa, Florida, and it’s the first time we have flown to out villa by this route. My second mov...
Viewed 1912 times since 2 October 2010.

Flying to Tampa with British Airways

It never ceases to thrill me to know that we are crossing that huge pond, the Atlantic, on our way to our villa in Florida. For years we were avid watchers of ‘Miami Vice’ and the first time we drove round this amazing city we were just holding our b...
Viewed 2496 times since 2 October 2010.

The State Nicknames Part 3

We have always been fascinated by the different number plates on American cars in Florida, and have seen all but two state plates at the last count. If you take a look at the number plates on cars you will be able to see which state the car originate...
Viewed 2824 times since 23 March 2010.

St Augustine Trolley Bus

On our first trip to St Augustine we decided initially to go on the Trolley bus to see all the attractions in the area and decide where we wanted to visit over the next couple of days. There are two trolley bus tours in St Augustine and we we...
Viewed 3387 times since 7 January 2010.

Mount Dora to Tavares – by Train

The plan for our visit to Mount Dora had been to take a picnic for lunch, which would then be followed by our Segway excursion, booked for 2 o’clock, and then after a stroll around the town we would get a meal at a restaurant before viewing the Chris...
Viewed 3479 times since 4 January 2010.

Tips for travelling with young children

Here are some tips which might help to make the long flight to, or from, Orlando pass in a less stressful way if you are travelling with young children and toddlers. Hand luggage Let them have their own piece of hand luggage. Th...
Viewed 3089 times since 16 April 2009.

Gulf Coast Beaches close to Orlando

Florida is renowned for having some of the best beaches in the USA. Many are beautiful, with soft white sand, easily accessible and with good facilities. With the year round sunshine everyone can enjoy the smooth, silky sand and the gentle warm water...
Viewed 13511 times since 11 April 2009.

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