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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 3066 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 3794 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 3519 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 2658 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 2321 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 2911 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 3225 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 3771 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 3987 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 3501 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 14384 times since 11 April 2009.

The Florida Keys

The Florida Keys are located in the south westerly region of Florida and consist of approximately 1700 islands beginning 15 miles south of Miami. The islands divide the Atlantic from the Gulf of Mexico and enjoy a tropical climate. Key West is actual...
Viewed 4503 times since 11 April 2009.

Virgin Atlantic, Economy or Premium?

We have flown by many of the carriers to Florida but by choice, we choose Virgin Atlantic, having flown many times in the economy cabin, we now choose Premium for several reasons. I am quite a broad man and in economy, my width imposes itself...
Viewed 4684 times since 8 March 2009.

FLYING TO ORLANDO WITH DELTA Part 2

Our flight from London Heathrow with Delta has been delayed, and the journey has been slow due to strong headwinds. We land at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport, one of the busiest in the world, ready to catch our connection down to Or...
Viewed 3180 times since 2 March 2009.

Key West Express

On our trip to Florida at the end of December we decided we would like to see Key West. After some research we chose Key West Express ferry. As we were visiting friends in Rotonda West first, Key West Express fitted in nicely with our plans. We made ...
Viewed 3109 times since 25 January 2009.

How to be comfortable, or even sleep, on a long flight

General Comfort Firstly try, if you can, to book a seat which will give you either leg room (an aisle seat) if you want to be able to stretch out and be comfortable, or a window seat if you plan to sleep. Wear comfortable, loose...
Viewed 3425 times since 10 January 2009.

ESTA and changes to the Visa Waiver Programme from 12th January 2009

Travelling to the USA in 2009 – Important Changes to the Visa Waiver Programme effective from 12th January 2009. From January 2009 a new system is being introduced by the U. S Department for Homeland Security for entry into the U. S. A to eve...
Viewed 3043 times since 3 January 2009.

Flying with Delta to Orlando Part 1

Many people choose to fly direct to Orlando, but as we visit our home regularly we use a variety of airlines to get us there, including American carriers. This Christmas we decided to fly with Delta who fly to Orlando via Atlanta in Georgia, as they ...
Viewed 2985 times since 2 January 2009.

DRIVING ALONG THE LOOP, ORMOND PART 2

Back on the highway, the oak trees spread their boughs across the road, making a leafy canopy where the dappled sun spreads shafts of light onto the ground. It is a beautiful cool, shady tunnel to drive through. You can stop and take a peep at the ru...
Viewed 3346 times since 2 January 2009.

DRIVING ALONG THE LOOP, ORMOND. PART 1

The Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail includes some of the most beautiful scenery to be found in north east Florida. Bordering the Atlantic Ocean, it offers diverse landscapes, and a quiet, peaceful drive with plenty to see and do. As you drive al...
Viewed 3108 times since 2 January 2009.

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