Where exactly is Orlando?
Most of us who visit Orlando spend our time at the theme parks and shopping malls, with a fleeting glimpse of other parts of the city on our way to or from the airport. Somehow it does not feel like a city, more a collection of suburbs and business p...
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The State Nicknames – Part 11
Visiting Florida we are always fascinated to see the huge number of different license plates on cars, particularly in the car parks at Disney or Universal. These number plates reflect the history, geography and people of the states and each display a...
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The State Nicknames Part 10
Whenever we visit our villa in Orlando, we cannot help but notice the fascinating number plates on cars which show the state where they are registered. Each number plate shows the state’s nickname, and these nicknames provide a fascinating snapshot o...
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The State Nicknames – Part 6
On our trips to Florida we have always been fascinated by the licence plates on cars which display each state’s nickname. These nicknames reflect the character and history of each state and offer an interesting insight into them, and we are always am...
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The State Nicknames – Part 7
On our trips to Florida we have always been fascinated by the licence plates on cars which display each state’s nickname. These nicknames reflect the character and history of each state and offer an interesting insight into them, and we are always am...
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The State Nicknames Part 5
Never having visited the States before, on our first trip to Florida we were fascinated to see that all the cars had license plates which showed their state of origin. Of course, Florida is a magnet to holidaymakers from all over the USA so on our fi...
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‘Show me the way to Armadillo’......with apologies to Tony Christie!
The first time I saw an armadillo it was not a pretty sight. We were driving down the Florida Turnpike on our way to pick up a cruise from Fort Lauderdale when there it was, lying at the side of the road – flattened. Road kill we would call it.<...
Viewed 3633 times since 30 September 2010.

Flying to Tampa with British Airways - Part 2
Part 2 Why do I always set off the alarms? Retail therapy completed, we make our way to the gate. It’s a fairly long walk but we get there in the end and are surprised that the departure lounge is not as full as usual. At the entrance we are ...
Viewed 2797 times since 19 September 2010.

Florida Facts and Figures
We all know and love the state of Florida, but here are some facts you may not know:Florida was the 27th state to be admitted to the United States on March 3rd 1845. The state has 67 counties and covers 58, 560 square miles. Florida h...
Viewed 3218 times since 11 August 2010.

My favourite things to do in Orlando
My favourite things to do in OrlandoI have been going to Orlando on and off for 30 years now and since buying a villa there seven years ago, I have been going at least once every year. I love everything about Orlando as I would be bored to de...
Viewed 3321 times since 8 July 2010.

Why I love a holiday in Orlando
Why do I love holidaying in Orlando? Well the obvious answer to this is the theme parks, but there are so many other reasons too. The whole atmosphere of excitement that you see in the faces of the children about to meet Mickey Mouse for the ...
Viewed 2705 times since 8 July 2010.

Robert Ripley.
If you have visited Florida, it is likely that you have visited a Ripleys Believe It Or Not Museum. These are located in Orlando, St Augustine, Newport, Key West and Panama Bay. The Ripley behind this attractions name was one Robert Leroy Rip...
Viewed 3084 times since 12 April 2010.

HIstory of Tampa Bay
With it’s modern and efficient International airport, Tampa is a great place to visit. The Pinellas County resorts including Clearwater and St. Petersburg are an easy drive from the airport, as well as the theme park Busch Gardens and the var...
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Florida Wildlife
If you have been to Orlando more than once you may feel like doing something completely different from visiting all the theme parks. Are you interested in wildlife? If so, Florida has an abundance of exotic wildlife much of which you will be ...
Viewed 3366 times since 17 June 2009.

Florida for us in March 2009
Florida as usual never fails to surprise and delight us in its changes and new acquisitions. On our ‘treasure hunt’ this year we found new shopping malls, restaurants and more delights in Downtown Disney. We are based just off Highway...
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Florida Facts
• Florida was discovered in 1513 by Juan Ponce de Leon from Spain when he landed by boat in North-East Florida, possibly near present-day St Augustine. This is when written records about Florida began• Florida measures 65, 795 sq miles Viewed 2976 times since 16 February 2009.

DownTown Kissimmee
When you find that you have a Friday or Saturday evening available and you feel you need a break from the World of Disney, take a journey back in time and visit Downtown Kissimmee to watch the vintage and custom car parade and enjoy the many other su...
Viewed 3727 times since 1 September 2008.

A day at the Lightning
Of the thousands of activities available to the Floridian holiday-maker, few offer the same experience as that of the National Hockey League. Tucked away in the heart of metropolitan Tampa lies the St Petes Times Forum, home of the Tampa Bay ...
Viewed 3210 times since 1 September 2008.

Independence Day 4th of July
Independence Day is a big celebration in America and there are always lots of events taking place. This is just one suggestion of a place to visit for the afternoon and evening - Kissimmee Downtown Lakefront. And it’s totally FREE. We...
Viewed 3218 times since 1 September 2008.

Just Like the Locals!!
After visiting Florida a couple of times a year for several years it soon becomes apparent that the “native” Floridians have various customs which separate them from us as visitors. One item is their attachment to mobile phones (or cellphones in Flor...
Viewed 3449 times since 1 September 2008.

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