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A Cruise on the St John's River
If you enjoy exploring more natural parts of the world and fancy a change from the theme parks the I would recommend a day out to the north of Orlando taking in the Blue Heron river cruise from Hontoon Landing. The cruise takes 2 hours and leaves at ...
Viewed 1714 times since 26 December 2012.

A Day at Dunedin
Theme parks and sunshine are possibly the two most important ingredients to encourage holidaymakers to come to the Orlando/Kissimmee area of Florida. And long may it continue. However, there is an amazing wealth of alternate locations and pastimes vi...
Viewed 2691 times since 9 January 2010.

A Day on Disney Castaway Cay
A day on Disney’s private island is part of most of their Caribbean cruises. The first cruise we went on was in February and we were unable to visit the island as the sea was too rough for the ship to dock, so when we had a second chance in October w...
Viewed 544 times since 14 January 2016.

A day out to Clearwater
When you talk about Florida the first thing that comes into everyone’s mind is Disney and surrounding area. Little do people know Florida is famous for not only its great parks, but also its great beaches. Around 1 hour 30 min from Kissimmee is one o...
Viewed 1605 times since 16 February 2013.

A Few Days In Miami
If you are lucky enough to be able to combine a trip to Orlando with a few days in Miami, then you will find lots to do and see. We often fly in via Miami, as flights can be considerably cheaper, and we love the area as it is so diverse. A cou...
Viewed 2938 times since 1 September 2008.

A few tips for surviving Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
Some sensible shoes are the most important aspect of surviving a day at Disney World, as is a good sun block and a hat of some kind. You will spend most of the day on your feet and in bright sunshine. A rucksack containing a raincoat for the short sh...
Viewed 2521 times since 6 September 2011.

A glimpse at Downtown Disney Marketplace
A glimpse at Downtown Disney Marketplace Downtown Disney Marketplace is one of Disney’s most interesting collection of shops, including a Mega-LEGO outlet store , a mother of all Disney stores and another outlet of the unusual Rainfore...
Viewed 1018 times since 12 February 2015.

A Leisurely Day in the Cocoa Beach Area Part 1
When we visited our villa in March 2011 we were delighted to experience great weather particularly hot for that time of year. Having been to various Theme parks during the first week of our stay we decided Orlando was getting very warm and we decided...
Viewed 2081 times since 2 November 2011.

A Leisurely Day in the Cocoa Beach Area Part 2
Having spent a few hours on Melbourne Beach it was now late afternoon and we headed towards Cocoa Beach for a meal. We were travelling along the coast road and there did not seem many dining facilities around so we stopped at a garage to ask and they...
Viewed 3551 times since 2 November 2011.

A visit to Alcatraz in the bay of San Francisco
If you are in San Francisco with half a day to spare then this is a trip that is well worth your time. Just remember to put on something warm as the wind chill factor is quite high even in summer. Regular Alcatraz tours including the ferry trip and a...
Viewed 592 times since 4 January 2016.

A Visit to Main Street Magic Kingdom Part 2
On the far corner right hand corner of Main Street as you head towards Cinderella’s Castle you can get ice creams at the Plaza these can be very welcome in the heat of the day. There is a very nice seating area in front of the parlour and it usually ...
Viewed 1428 times since 15 December 2012.

A Visit to Main Street - Part 1
Main Street can be very busy especially before during and immediately after the Parade so it is easy to miss all that there is to enjoy there. Some visitors just walk through it using the backdrop of Cinderella’s Castle and the balloon sellers for th...
Viewed 1487 times since 15 December 2012.

A visit to Salt Lake City - Part 1
Situated in the northern part of the state of Utah, Salt Lake City is probably most famous for being the home to the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, having been founded in 1847 by its then US leader, Brigham Young...
Viewed 597 times since 17 January 2016.

A visit to Salt Lake City - Part 2
Our next stop was at The Salt Lake Tabernacle, also known as The Mormon Tabernacle, and other than The Temple this is probably the most widely known building in Temple Square. The Tabernacle is home to the world famous Mormon Tabernac...
Viewed 559 times since 17 January 2016.

A visit to Salt Lake City - Part 3
By now it was approaching mid afternoon and it was time we became selective about our sight seeing or else, due to time constraints we were going to miss out on things we really wanted to see. Being Sunday, the Joseph Smith Memorial B...
Viewed 547 times since 17 January 2016.

A visit to Salt Lake City - Part 5.
The final stop on today' s itinerary was the Utah State Capitol building, which is open Monday - Friday 7am until 8pm and Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 8am until 6pm. You can take a guided tour without a reservation and the tours last for just u...
Viewed 540 times since 17 January 2016.

Airboat Rides in The Everglades
We have visited Florida many, many times but have never ventured any further south than Orlando. With so much to do in the area why would you ever need to go anywhere else? Well, how wrong can you be and we found this out during our recent two-week t...
Viewed 3373 times since 1 September 2008.

St. Augustine - Alcazar Courtyard Shops and Café
Away from the main pedestrian area of St Augustine are the imposing buildings of Flagler College and the Lightner Museum, the latter of which also doubles up as City Hall with all the usual administrative departments necessary to run the city. Both a...
Viewed 3384 times since 1 September 2008.

Alpine Trail Cedar Breaks Utah
On a day visit to Cedar Breaks National Monument we were looking for a short hike, not too challenging or strenuous, just something that would take us away from the main hub of visitor overlooks and give us an opportunity to see more of the park. The...
Viewed 605 times since 1 January 2016.

Anna Maria Island-our day trip
If you would like a change from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks I would suggest a day trip to the coast. The closest coast to our villa at Orange Tree is the west coast, with its lovely white sands and tropical beaches. I have visited Clearw...
Viewed 3110 times since 1 September 2008.

Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Invitational Golf
None of our family are golfers but we do spend many hours often until very late at night watching the USA PGA golf on television. So we were delighted this year when whilst staying at our villa in March one of our American friends got us tickets to t...
Viewed 2052 times since 7 October 2011.

Shopping at Aventura Mall, Miami
We discovered the Aventura Mall last Easter, during a trip to our villa in Orlando, when we managed to spend a couple of days in Miami. This huge mall, with over 200 shops, is centrally located, just north of Miami Beach, and south of Hallendale Beac...
Viewed 3937 times since 1 September 2008.

Aviles Street St Augustine
The first time we visited St Augustine we thought if we left Orlando early one morning and had an overnight stay we would have more than enough time to enjoy it. How wrong we were there is so much history there and so much to explore and enjoy when w...
Viewed 1112 times since 15 September 2014.

Best Buys in Orlando - Part 2
On the whole, every day clothes are very much cheaper in Orlando and not just for poor quality. Thick fleecy pyjamas for girls and women are under £10 and underwear is cheaper too. Luxury quality underwear for women at Victoria Secrets is slightly ch...
Viewed 2139 times since 22 December 2010.

Blizzard Beach
Having not been to Blizzard Beach in over 10 years I was looking forward to taking my family there for our stay in 2014. Due to needing to go on a weekend we thought it best to try a Disney Water Park, in between the hustle and bustle of Magic Kingdo...
Viewed 1204 times since 25 May 2014.

Bok Tower Gardens & Pinewood Estate
Close to Lake Wales and 300ft above sea level (one of the highest points in Florida) Bok Tower Gardens is a unique oasis. The gardens were commissioned by Edward W Bok, a famous at the time literary editor, who in 1929 gave them to the public. ...
Viewed 1778 times since 23 March 2013.

Breakfast at Chef Mickeys
This morning we had an Advance Dining Reservation (ADR) booked at Chef Mickey’s for breakfast. It was a nice early start for us leaving the villa at 8. 15am remembering to take the camera with us to capture those special moments with the Disney chara...
Viewed 2659 times since 7 June 2010.

Canada: Montmorency Falls, Parc de la Chute – Part 1
The beautiful Montmorency Falls which are within the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency is just a few minutes from the downtown area of Québec City. It is located between the river and the cliffs and it is one of the province' s most special and spectacula...
Viewed 512 times since 5 June 2016.

Canada: Montmorency Falls, Parc de la Chute – Part 2
While the park is beautiful in summer it is in the winter that it becomes spectacular. In winter, the hiking trails are only accessible on foot or if you go deeper when you have on snowshoes. It is worth the effort to go for a walk to the park' s cov...
Viewed 465 times since 5 June 2016.

Canada: Montreal the old city - Part 1
Montreal is one of the few major North American cities to have preserved its historic centre where most others have given way to development. You will find in the historic district narrow winding streets dating back to the French colo...
Viewed 547 times since 5 June 2016.

Canada: Montreal the old city - Part 2
We stayed in the city for a month on work so had plenty of time there to enjoy as much as possible. This is not a complete guide to all you must see in Old Montreal. However if you take my advice and go on a walking tour of the area the list below in...
Viewed 464 times since 5 June 2016.

Canada: Montreal the old city - Part 3
A bit further south you start to leave the older European style buildings as you walk down St. Sulpice Street, this will lead you to the Place Royale and the Archaeology and History Museum Pointe-à-Callière which is set right above the birthplace of ...
Viewed 445 times since 5 June 2016.

Canada – Québec City an Overview
The crown jewel of the French part of Canada is undoubtedly Québec City. It is one of North America’s oldest and most outstanding settlements. Its attractive Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a living museum of narrow cobblestone street...
Viewed 491 times since 11 July 2016.

Cedar Breaks National Monument Utah - Part 1
Cedar Breaks National Monument is situated in the state of Utah on US 89 about 30 to 40 minutes drive from the moderately sized town of Cedar city. If you are combining a trip to Cedar Breaks with other National Parks in the area it is 45 miles from ...
Viewed 537 times since 1 January 2016.

Cedar Breaks National Monument Utah - Part 2
Continued from part 1 The most sensible point to start your exploration of the park is the rim visitor center at Pointe Supreme. The visitor center opens daily 9 AM until 6 PM from around mid-May until around mid October. The winter ra...
Viewed 573 times since 1 January 2016.

Changes at Disney World
In the light of Universal Studios Harry Potter experience it seems that the Disney Corporation have decided it is time for a make over of their parks. I have to admit that I felt this was needed some years ago so it is very good to see what has alrea...
Viewed 1717 times since 17 November 2012.

Circle B bar Reserve Part 1 Alligator Alley and Lake Hancock
Circle B bar Reserve Part 1 Alligator Alley and Lake Hancock Circle B Bar Reserve was once a cattle ranch on the shores of Lake Hancock in Polk County. The importance of water management in this area is such that the land was purchased in ...
Viewed 2304 times since 15 March 2012.

Circle B Bar Reserve Part 2 Heron Hideout and Marsh Rabbit Run
Circle B Bar Reserve Part 2 Heron Hideout and Marsh Rabbit Run Before reading this article, you would be well advised to read part 1 and also the article on Polk’s Nature Discovery Centre. On my second day visit to Circle B Bar...
Viewed 2033 times since 15 March 2012.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
I would like to tell you about our visit to Cirque Du Soleil. We decided to go to Down Town Diney one evening and on the spur of the moment we decided to buy tickets there and then and go and see the show. We had been many times to Downtown...
Viewed 2603 times since 20 February 2012.

Citricos at Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort
Citricos at Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort If you have read some of my other reviews you will know that this is one of the restaurants that we try to visit at least once a year. It is one of the lesser known places and that comb...
Viewed 801 times since 30 September 2015.

Clearwater Beach - Florida
When visiting Florida no trip would be complete without taking a trip over to Clearwater Beach. Located around 1 ½ hours from Orlando, Clearwater Beach is one of the nicest beaches in the whole of Florida with white coloured sand and excellent weathe...
Viewed 4290 times since 5 November 2009.

The East Coast - Cocoa and Daytona
As villa owners we often have guests staying with us when we visit our home which inevitably means we are visiting the same parks and attractions many times over! Having visited the Kennedy Space Center several times we decided when yet more ...
Viewed 2719 times since 1 September 2008.

Congo - Busch Gardens
One year when visiting Florida we decided to buy tickets for Busch Gardens, Tampa which allowed us to enter as many times as we liked in a seven day period. Busch Gardens is a fairly easy drive from our villa (providing the traffic on the I4 keeps mo...
Viewed 2267 times since 31 December 2009.

Cracker Barrel Restaurant
I have to admit that for a long time we would drive past Cracker Barrel as we were not entirely sure what exactly it actually was! It is advertised as a ‘Country Store’ which made us think that it was more of a shop than a restaurant. It is actually ...
Viewed 3705 times since 1 September 2008.

Crystal River Archaeological State Park
When we visited the Crystal River preserve state park we took the Heritage- Eco boat tour and whilst on the tour our guide pointed out The Crystal River Archaeological State Park and museum so we decided to stop by for a visit. In ord...
Viewed 805 times since 18 November 2015.

Daytona beach - day away from the parks
Being located around 70 miles from Orlando, Daytona is only around and hour and a half away and an ideal place to spend a day out away from the parks of Orlando. My first trip to Daytona was back in 1996 and not a lot has changed since then. Finding ...
Viewed 5122 times since 1 September 2008.

Daytona Beach Day Trip
Florida offers many good days out and if you are staying in Orlando you are not far from many of them. Being only 1 hour from both coasts offers you plenty of opportunities to go and explore. One of the best places to visit is Daytona Beach on the Ea...
Viewed 3042 times since 4 November 2009.

Daytona Beach
“Turn right. You' ve got six miles of beach to park on”, said the parking attendant. Where were we? Daytona Beach. So we turned right onto the fine, pale sand that stretched before us under the morning sun. With the car parked, and our to...
Viewed 1628 times since 6 September 2012.

Daytona Speedway Track
On our annual vacation to our villas this year we were keen to see some less obvious aspects of Florida. On our way in to Daytona Beach, we passed the famous Daytona International Speedway track. Having acquired a taste for racing at the...
Viewed 2023 times since 6 September 2012.

Deck the Halls at Celebration Part 1
DECK THE HALLS AT CELEBRATION part 1 On the first day of our visit to our villa in late November we all headed off to Celebration Town for my Father to visit his bank. We all rather suspect that he only has his account at Celebration so th...
Viewed 1536 times since 2 December 2012.

Deck the Halls at Celebration - part 2
The young skaters have to observe the rules that are printed on the side of the chalet and these are strictly enforced. Skates are provided to fit each child and they must be returned to the chalet at the end of the skating session. Along...
Viewed 1491 times since 2 December 2012.

Dinner at Mannys
After all we had heard about Manny’s Chop House, we felt that we could put off a visit no longer. So we finally decided to try it one Wednesday night. We headed south on highway 27 and found Manny’s set back from the road on the right hand side just ...
Viewed 2630 times since 13 October 2010.

Disney FASTPASS +
For many years Disney has operated a very good free FASTPASS system where you are able to get tickets for the more popular rides and bypass the main queues. The system worked well and helped people plan their day around some of the more popular rides...
Viewed 1078 times since 27 June 2014.

Disney World through the eyes of a two year old boy - Part 1
This year we had the great delight of taking our two year old Grandson to Disney World for the first time. He is actually 2years and 10 months – the exact same age his mother was at her first trip. Seeing Disney through his eyes is utterly magic, eve...
Viewed 920 times since 23 December 2013.

Disney World through the eyes of a two year old boy - part 2
Climbing up the Swiss Family Robinson’s tree house was great fun, all small boys like to climb and he is no exception. We had trouble getting him of this to go and do other things. The highlight of the day was, and suspect is for most...
Viewed 874 times since 23 December 2013.

Disneys Boardwalk
Disney Boardwalk has been created to look like the boardwalks that were popular at the turn of the 20th century in such coastal cities as Coney Island in New York and Atlantic City. It is a quarter of a mile long situated around Crescent Lake and has...
Viewed 2565 times since 6 January 2011.

Downtown Disney - Market Place
Downtown Disney is set into three sections and is a free area which gives you a taste of what is to come when you hit the parks. We always spend our first day in Orlando there, just acclimatising ourselves and getting in the Disney Spirit. A bit like...
Viewed 2321 times since 28 November 2010.

Eating out in Orlando
I thought I would compile a short document of eating out in Florida as we seem to learn about something new every time we go. It is of course similar to eating anywhere in the world but you do see a lot of people just using their fork. Finger...
Viewed 2419 times since 17 October 2010.

Eleven at Reunion Resort
If you are celebrating a special event, or just enjoy a special meal out, Eleven at Reunion Resort at junction 58 off the I4 is certainly the place to go. I was spending a week in Orlando with a group of girls to celebrate a milestone birthda...
Viewed 2296 times since 21 June 2010.

Epcot World Showcase - China
The Chinese pavillion at Epcot is one of the most brightly coloured of all the countries represented around Showcase lagoon and one of the most detailed. The Gate of the Golden Sun is the main entrance and the style is based on the gate o...
Viewed 3581 times since 22 January 2011.

Epcot World Showcase - France
Zoom across the Atlantic and wander through the quaint cobblestone streets of Paris set in the 1870 to 1910 ' La Belle Epoque' era, or ' the beautiful time' , as it is known in English. The replica of the Eiffel Tower in the distance is roughly...
Viewed 2266 times since 22 January 2011.

Fantasy of Flight
For an alternative day out head approximately 15 miles from Disney World, heading west on I4 towards Tampa take exit 44 and head towards Fantasy of Flight. This air museum has a collection of over 40 aircraft from various periods in history, plenty o...
Viewed 2583 times since 19 January 2010.

Florida Mall Part 1
Florida Mall Part 1 Shopping in Florida is one of the most pleasant and rewarding pastimes that I know of on a trip to the Sunshine State. Pleasant, because I love shopping, and rewarding because of all the money I save. In general most go...
Viewed 2176 times since 22 November 2011.

Florida Mall Part 2
Florida Mall Part 2 Brookstone is a very upmarket version of our own Gadget Shop. Mind you they only sell the top quality goods, not silly plastic toys. These goods are not cheap but are so unusual it makes you think it really is what you ...
Viewed 2101 times since 22 November 2011.

Florida's Natural Visitor Center
Approximately forty miles away from Disney, heading south down the U. S. Highway 27, is the city of Lake Wales, home of the Florida' s Natural Orange factory. This company was founded in 1933 as a cooperative of grower/owners and now boasts over one ...
Viewed 1995 times since 30 January 2012.

Fort Christmas Review
Fort Christmas If you have got all ‘theme parked out’ and you are ready for something quiet and off the beaten track, then take a ride along State Road 50 and visit the Pioneer Homes and Fort Christmas. This piece of Pioneer History can be...
Viewed 1855 times since 16 March 2012.

Fort De Soto Park
For those of you who want a break from the Parks I think will you enjoy Fort De Soto Park which is a large park in Pinellas County with over 1, 100 acres of recreational facilities and beautiful beaches. It is about an hour and a half from Orlando an...
Viewed 2208 times since 18 October 2010.

Gaylord Palms
On a recent trip to our villa we were looking for something a little different to do and settled on a helicopter trip over the Disney area. We thoroughly enjoyed the view from the air and one place that the pilot pointed out to us was Gaylord Palms. ...
Viewed 1333 times since 23 September 2014.

Getting married in Las Vegas part 1
A few years ago a friend was about to get remarried. After looking at the costs involved in a typical UK wedding he started to think about other options. Knowing that I had a home in Florida he asked me about finding out what was involved. Well to cu...
Viewed 844 times since 15 June 2015.

Getting married in Las Vegas part 2
Resort Indoor Weddings One of the most elaborate weddings packages in Las Vegas takes place at Bellagio. The resort has two romantic and ornate chapels, these have stained glass windows behind the altar with ornate lamps and amethyst c...
Viewed 787 times since 15 June 2015.

Getting married in Las Vegas part 3
Resort Outdoor Weddings Despite the fact that the Southern Nevada desert is a long way from any tropical islands this type of themed wedding is one of the most popular in Las Vegas. They usually take place at hotel resorts that have in...
Viewed 1007 times since 18 June 2015.

Getting married in Las Vegas part 4
Unusual Weddings This could be the hardest section to write as when you deal with Las Vegas and weddings defining ‘unusual’ can be quite hard. Many of the chapels in Las Vegas do try to offer something different or uniq...
Viewed 813 times since 18 June 2015.

Gingerbread and Chocolate!
Gingerbread and Chocolate! ! Now that I' ve got your attention, I' d like to share with you yet another of the wonders of Disney. With their usual, absolutely incredible attention to detail the master bakers of the Disney hotels each ...
Viewed 2191 times since 18 March 2011.

Harry Potter at Universal Studios- Orlando Florida
One of the newest rides in Universal Studios Islands of Adventure is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Build on the back of the huge movie and book franchise, the ride is one of the most impressive and popular in Florida. No expens...
Viewed 950 times since 22 December 2013.

Hemingway House and Museum Key West
The Hemingway House and Museum on Whitehead Street in Key West is a National Historic Landmark. The mansion and gardens are open to the public from 9 - 5 pm 365 days of the year and the entrance fee when we visited in Nov 2007 was $11 with a ...
Viewed 2774 times since 1 September 2008.

Hollywood Studios - Rock And Rollercoaster
Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster is located in Hollywood Studios at the far side to the main entrance. The ride itself is located on Sunset Boulevard, next door to the Tower of Terror and the Fantasmic show. The ride is a must when visiting Hollywood S...
Viewed 2406 times since 5 August 2009.

How to Make Your Disney Stay Even More Magical
Disney World ranks as one of the most popular destinations in the USA and for a very good reason. It provides sensational attractions for every age, has a customer service second to none and more than lives up to it' s nickname of ' The Happiest Plac...
Viewed 2181 times since 15 August 2010.

Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York – Part 1
If you happen to visit New York City there are plenty of attractions that vie for your attention. However if you like recent history, and especially aircraft, then a visit to Intrepid Museum is a must. The museum is an educational and cultural non-pr...
Viewed 603 times since 1 June 2016.

Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York – Part 2
So where is it and what can you expect to see? It is located at Pier 6 on the western side of Manhattan on the Hudson River. On board you will find a collection of more than twenty aircraft, it does change, from World War Two to the p...
Viewed 499 times since 1 June 2016.

Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York – Part 3
After your visit to the command centre there are three main areas that are open to the public. Immediately below is the flight deck and under that is the hanger deck, below these are parts of the third and gallery decks After you make ...
Viewed 467 times since 1 June 2016.

Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York – part 4
The hangar deck shows you both the equipment and the personnel side of Intrepid. The Hangar Deck is probably where you will spend most of your time on board. The largest attraction is the 13, 000-square-foot interactive Exploreum, whi...
Viewed 478 times since 2 June 2016.

John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk, near Madeira Beach
Situated on Highway 699, just north of Treasure Island, is a quaint and enchanting fishing village, marina and boardwalk. It has a fascinating history, which dates back to the mid 1800’s, when Florida was very different from the way it is now. r...
Viewed 3727 times since 1 September 2008.

Keeping safe in the pools and water parks
In your villa you will most likely have a pool. If it is private then there will be nobody to look after you so do be careful. All rental accommodations have to have, either alarmed doors and windows leading to the pool area or gates and fencing roun...
Viewed 3103 times since 1 May 2010.

Kentucky: A road trip through the state - Part 1
Every few years we like to pick a state or region of the U. S. and go on a road trip with only a little planning. What I mean by this is that we pick out some of the places we want to go but do not have a set itinerary apart from the first and last d...
Viewed 836 times since 8 January 2016.

Kentucky: A road trip through the state - Part 10
Kentucky – a road trip through the state:- part 10 During our walks around Bardstown and trips around the area we found three places that we would consider staying in should we ever return to the area. So if you are planning a trip aft...
Viewed 577 times since 18 January 2016.

Kentucky: A road trip through the state - Part 11
Kentucky – a road trip through the state:- part 11 The final place with a difference you might want to stay is not in Bardstown but is located nearby close to historic Bloomfield. This is not just a bed and breakfast but is the Springh...
Viewed 584 times since 18 January 2016.

Kentucky: A road trip through the state - Part 12
Kentucky – a road trip through the state:- part 12 As I mentioned in some early articles a large number of the interesting places that you will want to stay in the Bardstown area only offer bed and breakfast. You will need to find some...
Viewed 551 times since 18 January 2016.

Kentucky: A road trip through the state - Part 13
Kentucky – a road trip through the state:- part 13 If any of you reading this article have read any of my other ramblings about trips to U. S. cities you will know that one of the things we like to do walk around the old historic distr...
Viewed 558 times since 18 January 2016.

Kentucky: A road trip through the state - Part 14
Kentucky – a road trip through the state:- part 14 Before we go on to the serious part of this trip, the distillery tours, I thought I would mention two other places that are local and provide an interesting day out between them if the...
Viewed 606 times since 18 January 2016.

Kentucky: A road trip through the state - Part 15
Kentucky – a road trip through the state:- part 15 It is now time to start the part of the tour which looks at one of the two things that the state produces that has made it famous. The first is horses which we will see later but some ...
Viewed 688 times since 21 February 2016.

Kentucky: A road trip through the state - Part 16
Kentucky – a road trip through the state:- part 16 Over the next three parts of this article I have tried to cover some of the more important things that have happened which have affected the way the Bourbon industry has grown and matu...
Viewed 674 times since 8 February 2016.

Kentucky: A road trip through the state - Part 17
Kentucky – a road trip through the state:- part 17 It’s now standard practice to char the inside of the oak barrels that the spirit matures in but when did it start? The earliest record of this charring of a barrel can be found in a le...
Viewed 562 times since 8 February 2016.

Kentucky: A road trip through the state - Part 18
Kentucky – a road trip through the state:- part 18 In 1880 The Kentucky Distillers' Association was formed when 32 distillers met at the Galt House in Louisville. The original aim of the organisation was to protect our signature spirit...
Viewed 554 times since 21 February 2016.

Kentucky: A road trip through the state - Part 19
Kentucky – a road trip through the state part 19. Now we get to the part that our palettes have been waiting for, a trip around some of the local distilleries. Just as it takes time for Kentucky Bourbon to reach perfection, you will a...
Viewed 536 times since 21 February 2016.

Kentucky: A road trip through the state - Part 2
As we stayed a few days in Louisville at both the start and end of our trip we had time to check out a few different types of restaurant. Listed below are some places that we tried and were recommended to us. Proof on Main is a culina...
Viewed 597 times since 8 January 2016.

Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 20.
We decided that the best place to start our tour was to choose a smaller distillery with a more personal tour rather than go in a large group. This offered us the chance to interact with someone involved in the whole process and not just listen to a ...
Viewed 555 times since 5 March 2016.

Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 21
When master distiller Drew Kulsveen gets you to walk from the bright sunshine of a Kentucky day into the darkness of one of his storage barns, or rick houses as they are known locally, he asks a single question, “Can you smell that? ” ...
Viewed 532 times since 5 March 2016.

Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 22
Once you have a basic understanding of the processes involved in Bourbon production you can take the various tours and enjoy the tasting without the need to follow everything the guides are saying. As we were in Bardstown, aft...
Viewed 539 times since 5 March 2016.

Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 23
The second day of this part of the trip saw us heading to Lawrenceburg which is just down the Bluegrass Parkway. Here you can join a tour at the Four Roses Distillery. You’re sure to enjoy the story behind this brand and the unique Spanish Mission st...
Viewed 512 times since 6 March 2016.

Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 24
The previous day of our trip had taken us towards the edge of the Bourbon producing area as we headed to Lexington where we planned to have a look at some places that had produced so many winners. We are not particularly horse people but it would be ...
Viewed 469 times since 6 March 2016.

Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 25
Before we set of exploring we read up on a brief history of the area in the hotels library. It seems that when European settlers arrived on the scene, the Bluegrass Region was in use as a hunting ground for many different Native American tribes. A fa...
Viewed 467 times since 6 March 2016.

Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 26
Spectacular horse farms have been part of the Bluegrass Region since it was first settled, and so have horse farm visitors. There are about 450 horse farms in the region with about 150 in Lexington/Fayette County. They' re all working farms which mea...
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Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 27
Now if you are really into thoroughbred horses then you might want to arrange something more special. Most of the living Kentucky Derby Winners are retired to Bluegrass farms in the area. So what I have listed here are the farms and studs of ...
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Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 28
While the farms listed below may not have a resident Kentucky Derby winner they do each have their own unique history, local crafted barns and landscaping. Lane' s End Farm:- This farm has been compared in a number of places to a nati...
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Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 29
There are two other horse related places in the area that are worth talking about. Also if you’re not really into thoroughbreds but still like horses then these may even be a better option for you. The first is The Kentucky Horse Park...
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Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 3
There are two museums in the Louisville area that you really should visit even if you have no interest in either of the sports they represent. They are as different as it’s possible to get but each in its own way offers a unique insight into the hist...
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Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 30
If you have been reading through this set of articles in sequence you might remember, that in part 25, I gave a list of some of the other things you might want to do. Well we actual did them and over the next sections of this article I will give you ...
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Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 31
Lexington is a fairly compact area for a city and a walk around the historic homes that are open will show a variety of architectural styles, as well as the stories of some of Lexington' s most influential families and individuals. Depending on when ...
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Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 32
The next house on the list is the Hunt-Morgan House. This brick built house at 201 North Mill Street has several claims to fame. It was originally built in 1814 for the first person to become a millionaire west of the Alleghenies. That was a hemp mer...
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Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 33
The Latrobe House is the one that I mentioned earlier in that it is currently in the middle of a full restoration. Depending on when you are reading this it may still be happening as there seems to be a lot of work that needs doing. There' s no furni...
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Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 34
As I mentioned in the previous article private homes aren' t Lexington' s only historical buildings. Being at the heart of some of the important times of American history there are a number of other sites in the area that are worth a visit. <...
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Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 35
If you have managed to work your way through all the other articles in this trip then at this point I feel I must own up to a slight use of artistic licence. Kentucky is quite a small state which is what made this trip possible withou...
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Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 36
If you are in the Lexington area then Kentucky' s official ‘Craft Capital’ is only 40 miles south at Berea. Berea has a long standing tradition as a centre of craftsmanship and this earned it the designation by the Kentucky State Legislature. ...
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Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 37
As you travel around the state you will come across many craft and art workshops some are in towns and others have been set up in the barns of old farms. You just need to keep an eye out as your drive around as you may come across a real gem. The nex...
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Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 38
HISTORIC PLACES IN THE BLUEGRASS REGION History beckons from every direction in the Bluegrass Region so here is just a sample of some of the attractions that are worth visiting if you happen to be in the area. There are so many that it...
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Kentucky: a road trip through the state- Part 39
HISTORIC PLACES IN THE BLUEGRASS REGION continued; If you continue traveling south after your visit to Nicholasville you will come to Danville which is the home of the Constitution Square State Historic Site. This site includes a pre-...
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Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 4
There are a number of different types of trip you can take on the Ohio river while you are in Louisville, but whether it’s afternoon or evening you should really only been looking to go on the ‘The Belle’. The Belle of Louisville is t...
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Kentucky: a road trip through the state- Part 40
HISTORIC PLACES IN THE BLUEGRASS REGION continued; If you are looking for places that commemorate the Revolutionary war then you need to go about 20 miles north of Paris to the Blue Licks Battlefield State Park. This is the site of th...
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Kentucky: a road trip through the state- Part 41
Covered Bridges Kentucky' s ' Timbered Tunnels' are rare and scenic view of past times. These covered bridges are remarkable combinations of both engineering and architecture. Now days they provide a weathered reminder of earlier times...
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Kentucky: a road trip through the state- Part 42
Covered Bridges continued:- Covered bridges are first seen in history in the early 1300’s in Switzerland and the around Europe up to the late 1500’s when they seemed to go out of fashion. They re-appeared in America in the 1700’s with ...
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Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 43
Covered Bridges continued :- Eastern Bridges Greenup County which is in the north eastern part of Kentucky is home to two covered bridges. Travelling from Lexington you take the I-64 East for about two and a half hours. At the Grayson ...
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Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 44
Covered Bridges continued :- The bridges of Fleming County are about an hour and a half drive from Lexington and are located to the northeast. Take US 68 north through Paris, turning right at KY 36 toward Carlisle. Once there you can ...
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Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 45
Covered Bridges continued :- In Lewis, Mason and Bracken counties which are all to the north of Lexington along the Ohio River you will find some more covered bridges. If you are in Lexington then to get to the general area you need t...
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Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 46
The Pleasant Hill Shakers We had heard that there was a Shaker village that was quite near our route to the Daniel Boone National forest so we decided that this would make a good place to stop on the journey as they offered accommodati...
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Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 47
Academics and theology scholars have many different opinions about the followers of Mother Ann. They are not certain if they believed she was the female reincarnation or if she was just a prophet predicting that the second coming would be in a female...
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Kentucky: a road trip through the state = Part 48
The History of Pleasant Hill On New Year’s Day in 1805 three Shaker missionaries, John Meacham, Issachar Bates and Benjamin Seth Youngs, left the Mount Lebanon community in New York and started to walk towards Kentucky. It was in Augus...
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Kentucky: a road trip through the state = Part 49
The restoration process:- With the Shakers gone and the buildings in private hands what was once a full thriving community was now very quiet with the Shakers all but forgotten. The buildings began to take on new functions with the Tru...
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Kentucky: A road trip through the state - Part 5
Kentucky – a road trip through the state:- part 5 While you are in town then a trip out to Old Louisville is something you must consider. If you like old homes and fabulous architecture, this is a tour you will not want to miss. This i...
Viewed 599 times since 17 January 2016.

Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 50
During their 105 year tenure the Pleasant Hill Shakers built more than 260 structures around the property. Today there are only 34 buildings that have survived with most of these being along what was the one mile long gravel turnpike. ...
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Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 51
During our trip around Kentucky there were three State park areas that we had picked out in advance that we want to visit. I am going to deal with them all now but we actually visited them while we were doing some of the other things I have already w...
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Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 52
The park and forest has become a magnet for rock climbers, who flock to the jagged faces and broken pinnacles around the Red River Gorge area. It is also popular with hikers because it has around 600 miles of trails to explore. This includes the famo...
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Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 53
The Cumberland Gap National Historic Park is situated at the point where Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia all meet. This natural pass provided the main route for settlers and traders crossing the Appalachians into the Midwest. It is now a National Hi...
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Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 54
The Cumberland Gap Visitor Centre is located on U. S. Highway 25E just southeast of Middlesboro, Kentucky and just northwest of the Cumberland Gap Tunnel and the town of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. The visitor centre has a museum that tells you all ab...
Viewed 470 times since 1 June 2016.

Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 55
As long as you do not mind underground places then I have saved the best till last and that is the Mammoth Cave National Park. Mammoth Cave is nine miles northwest of I-65 and is about an equal distance of 85 miles from both Louisville, Kentucky, and...
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Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 56
The park was officially established on July 1, 1941. It covers an area of 52, 830 acres with the most important feature out of sight under the Kentucky hills. Out of sight is a limestone labyrinth that became the heartland of the national park. While...
Viewed 443 times since 1 June 2016.

Kentucky: A road trip through the state - Part 6
Kentucky – a road trip through the state:- part 6 After spending a few days in Louisville we headed out on the reason for this trip which was a tour of some of the interesting place that Kentucky has to offer. The first section of the ...
Viewed 538 times since 17 January 2016.

Kentucky: A road trip through the state - Part 7
Kentucky – a road trip through the state:- part 7 Owensboro is pretty much the centre of the Bluegrass music industry and was the reason we wanted to include this town as a stop off on our trip. Bluegrass was never really a big part of...
Viewed 621 times since 17 January 2016.

Kentucky: A road trip through the state - Part 8
Kentucky – a road trip through the state:- part 8 The next part of the trip was one that I personally had been looking forward to. It was only a short trip of about 100 miles from our stop off at Owensboro as we headed east to Bardstow...
Viewed 587 times since 17 January 2016.

Kentucky: A road trip through the state - Part 9
Kentucky – a road trip through the state:- part 9 The previous article told you something about the history of the jail, so now it’s time to move to the current day. There is a large amount to do in the surrounding area so this is one ...
Viewed 713 times since 18 January 2016.

Key West and Turtle Point Part 1
I love the leisurely pace of Seaworld and soon after entering the Park we always stand for some time and watch the beautiful flamingos in their little shallow pool. As with many of the attractions at Seaworld there is usually a guide standing alongsi...
Viewed 1046 times since 3 November 2014.

Key West and Turtle Point Part 2
Just across from the Face Painting and Tattoo stall you come to the Brush Art stall. This is a great place to buy mementos of your holiday or presents for others for Christmas, Birthdays or other special occasions. One of the main att...
Viewed 1004 times since 3 November 2014.

Key West Attractions
Key West is the southernmost city in the continental USA and one of the most distinctive. As you drive to Key West from Miami which takes approximately 3 hours 15 minutes, 161 miles, passing through Key Largo, Tavernier, Islamorada, Long Key, Cur...
Viewed 1324 times since 30 July 2013.

Key West - The Little White House
The Little White House is well worth a visit if you are spending some time in Key West. Originally the Little White House was the command headquarters of the Key West Naval station. Built in 1890, it was used for this purpose during the Spani...
Viewed 2370 times since 7 November 2009.

Key West Trolley Tour
One of the best ways to see Key West is to take the Old Town Trolley Tour. The ninety-minute tour covers the whole of Key West. You are able to get off and then reboard at any of the stops as you make one complete loop. We started our tour at...
Viewed 2867 times since 1 September 2008.

Lake George New York
Lake George is situated in in the north east portion of New York State close to the border with Vermont to the east and the Adirondack mountains to the west. The resort of Lake George is a great base for anyone who wants to explore this area or an id...
Viewed 1030 times since 17 June 2014.

Lake Louisa State Park
Searching for some real Florida countryside and wildlife, we made the short drive from our lovely villa on Highlands Reserve to Lake Louisa, just off the H27 and a short drive from Orlando. We had my disabled father with us and he remembered a visit ...
Viewed 1923 times since 7 September 2012.

Lake Wales Art Centre
The Lake Wales Arts Center was, for 60 years , actually a working Catholic Church but is now a cultural centre that offers everything from live musical performances and art exhibits to summer programmes for children. When the building becam...
Viewed 1727 times since 3 March 2012.

Leu Gardens
Florida’s Hidden Gem All parked out and nowhere to go? You could try a relaxing day at the Harry P Leu Gardens, a peaceful horticultural haven in North Forest Avenue, Orlando. We found the address on Google and set off for a non-Disney day...
Viewed 1967 times since 6 September 2012.

Magic Kingdom - Adventure Land
The Magic Kingdom is set out in different “lands”, Fantasy Land - for the little ones, Liberty Square, Frontier Land, Future Land, Tomorrow Land, Mickeys Toontown Fair (Shortly to be upgraded) and the Adventureland. Adventure Land houses the ...
Viewed 3096 times since 20 March 2010.

Magic Kingdom - Frontierland
The Magic Kingdom is set out into several “lands”. Fantasy Land for the little ones, Future Land, Adventure Land, Liberty Square, Mickey’s Toontown (soon to be upgraded) and the one I am going to talk about in this article - Frontier Land. Fr...
Viewed 2633 times since 20 March 2010.

Magic Kingdom Reviewed
Magic Kingdom at Disney World, Florida is the Worlds most famous theme park and is one nearly everyone will visit at some stage of their stay in Orlando. The park itself has not changed much over the years and still has its original charm and charact...
Viewed 2056 times since 29 December 2010.

Manatees at Tampa Power Station
For anyone who wants to see Manatees in the wild then a trip to the Tampa Electic Manatee Viewing Centre is highly recommended. It is situated at Apollo Beach close to Tampa and opposite the outlet of the Big Bend Power Station. The warm water surrou...
Viewed 2966 times since 4 February 2010.

Manny's Chop House
After all we had heard about Manny’s Chophouse we felt that we could put off a visit no longer. So in January we finally decided to try Manny’s on a Wednesday night (half price fajitas night). We headed south from High Grove on highway 27 for around ...
Viewed 3276 times since 1 September 2008.

Mel's Diner
We had been to Universal many times before we decided to go to Mel’s Diner to eat. If you have visited Universal you are sure to have noticed Mels which is situated on a corner in Hollywood near the Lagoon. It is a replica of a 50’s Ameri...
Viewed 2370 times since 2 November 2011.

Miami Beach- What to see
Miami Beach has 7 miles of Golden sands which cover several neighbourhoods along its coast but the place everybody wants to see is the super chic, South Beach. South beach is the home of the wonderful Art Deco District. The Miami Art Deco district bu...
Viewed 1148 times since 16 August 2013.

MIAMI STOPOVER
Our trip to Orlando this Easter had us flying in to Miami from Heathrow (via Milan – but that’s another story!) so we decided to book a hotel for one night before taking a leisurely drive to Orlando. We used Expedia to find a hotel in Miami fo...
Viewed 3072 times since 1 September 2008.

Millers Orlando Alehouse
On our last visit to our home in November we decided to visit the newly opened Millers Alehouse located at Orange Lake directly opposite the Olive garden Restaurant at Rolling Oaks Commons. Millers are a chain of over fifty restaurants with s...
Viewed 2435 times since 28 December 2010.

Monument Valley Part 1
Standing on the border of Arizona and Utah lies Monument Valley, and although you may never have visited the area, you are sure to have seen the familiar llandscape in films or on television. Monument Valley was a favorite setting of ...
Viewed 531 times since 4 February 2016.

Monument Valley Part 2
The entrance fee to the park is $20. 00 per car with up to four passengers, additional passengers are $6 per person and children under 6 go free. For the price of your admission you have the option of taking the seventeen mile self gu...
Viewed 611 times since 4 February 2016.

Mount Dora - A Great Day Out
Mount Dora is a quaint litle town which is less than one hour's drive from the Orlando/Kissimmee area, heading north. If you are looking for something 'different' to do and want a change from the theme parks and usual tourist attractio...
Viewed 2869 times since 1 September 2008.

My favourite stores in Orlando
My favourite store in Orlando is J C Penny and in particular the one in The Florida Mall. Every time I visit they are having a sale and whenever I think I have had a good bargain, I get to the till to find they have taken even more money off. My aver...
Viewed 2468 times since 20 December 2011.

My Floriday holiday diary day 4
Day 4 Another lovely sunny and warm day! We had breakfast on the pool deck watching the amazing sunrise over the lake (we were up early, still in the British time zone) and told the girls we were going to see the animals at Dis...
Viewed 1483 times since 9 September 2012.

The new Chrysler Sebring Convertible
Two years ago in the summer of 2006 we organised, through the car rental pages of this website (http://www. orlandovillas. com/car_hire. aspx) , the hire of a Chrysler Sebring convertible. The family enjoyed the car so much that we felt that we must ...
Viewed 3630 times since 29 September 2008.

Olde Winter Park
Situated about 2 miles off the I4, U. S President Chester Alan Arthur (1881–85) described Olde Winter Park as the prettiest place in Florida, and if he visited today he may still be of that opinion. Develop rapidly from 1880, when the railroad track ...
Viewed 1521 times since 24 March 2013.

Only in Orlando – Part 1
The thing I find most fascinating about Orlando in Florida is that you will see so many really unusual things there that you will never see anywhere else in the world. Where else could you see salads for two people served up in bowls the size...
Viewed 2251 times since 21 December 2010.

Only in Orlando - Part 2
Where else in the world can you round the corner of a busy main street (Disney World) and come across an enormous steam ship with the paddles you remember from old western movies with even a gruff and deep male voice shouting, “All aboard” followed b...
Viewed 2288 times since 21 December 2010.

Our Stay at Treasure Island Part 1
We have always loved the Gulf Coast and over the years had stayed at Naples, Anna Marie Island Sarasota and Clearwater. About 10 years ago when they were staying at our villa on their own my parents went in search of somewhere we could all stay toget...
Viewed 1889 times since 2 November 2011.

Our Stay at Treasure Island Part 2
The Thunderbird motel is ideal for families although when they holiday on their own in the quieter months my parents still stay here. All the rooms have 2 Queen Beds which is ideal for young families with children. You can either stay on ...
Viewed 2021 times since 2 November 2011.

Our Stay at Treasure Island Part 3
Directly in front of the Tiki Bar area at the Thunderebird is a walkway where people stroll or ride bikes during the day and this gets particularly busy in the late afternoon as the heat of the day dies down a little. We often just sit here in the ea...
Viewed 1827 times since 2 November 2011.

PARADISO 37
PARADISO 37 The Downtown Disney area has undergone a number of changes over the years as it has tried to cater to different markets. The many clubs that were only open in the evening have now closed. In their place the whole area is in the...
Viewed 1870 times since 27 February 2012.

Paradiso37 Part 2 - The food and drink
This is the second part of my review of the Paradiso 37 restaurant and bar. So if you’re reading this article but have not yet seen the first part then now is the time to stop and have a look in the index where you found this text. As I s...
Viewed 1725 times since 28 February 2012.

Pirates of the Caribbean
My niece and I love this ride at Magic Kingdom and first discovered it one very wet Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party night. Initially we went in just to get out of the rain but have returned several times since. The ride takes about ten minutes an...
Viewed 2749 times since 1 September 2008.

Planet Hollywood at Downtown Disney
You can’t miss the large neon sign for Downtown Disney and Planet Hollywood as you drive down the I-4. Most people bump it on their way down from the airport to accommodation. Located right at the entrance to Downtown Disney the building is a very im...
Viewed 3203 times since 12 December 2008.

Premium Outlets at Lake Buena Vista
If you like a bargain you can do very well at the Premium Outlets, in Lake Buena Vista. This is very near the main entrance to Walt Disney World. The address is Vineland Avenue and it is a designer factory outlet which has all the designer goods at g...
Viewed 3449 times since 30 January 2011.

Rent a Dodge Durango
We always find that the car that you rent whilst in Florida becomes a large part of your vacation experience. Most of us can almost certainly remember the differing types of vehicles that we have rented over the years whilst enjoying the sun and fun ...
Viewed 5114 times since 15 February 2010.

Rent a Ford Mustang Convertible
To rent a Ford Mustang Convertible, click here and select Alamo as the supplier. Whenever we vacation in Florida we make a point of renting a convertible during one of the weeks of...
Viewed 63657 times since 1 September 2008.

Restaurants as the 192 approaches Highway 27
When we first bought our villa restaurants on this end of the 192 were quite sparse compared with the other end heading towards downtown Kissimmee. However in the last few years they have been springing up in many locations making us spoilt for choic...
Viewed 5048 times since 11 January 2011.

Ringling Museum, Sarasota
If you are staying on the Florida Gulf Coast something which will be enjoyed by all members of the family is the Ringling Museum in Sarasota. Just off the 41 opposite University Parkway, it is a short walk from the car park but there is plenty of roo...
Viewed 1933 times since 18 September 2012.

Rodeos and Bull-riding - Arcadia
Arcadia is a small town of some 6, 000 residents which has had a tradition of raising money for local charities through rodeos since 1928. Arcadia, an hour’s drive from the Gulf Coast can be reached from several junctions on the I-75. The Rodeo Stadi...
Viewed 4100 times since 12 July 2009.

Rolling Oaks Common (part 1)
Rolling Oaks Commons is a fast developing retail area located at the Orange Lake junction of the US192. It is home to a great Super Target store and many smaller retail outlets. Rumoured future expansion plans include more retail with sev...
Viewed 1969 times since 14 January 2012.

Rolling Oaks Common (part 2)
Rolling Oaks Commons is a fast developing retail area located at the Orange Lake junction of the US192. It is home to a great Super Target store and many smaller retail outlets. Rumoured future expansion plans include more retail with sev...
Viewed 2406 times since 14 January 2012.

Rum Bay Restaurant, Palm Island, Cape Haze
If you are staying in Rotonda West or find yourself on the west coast of Florida, South of Venice it is worth continuing south past Englewood on the CR775 and visiting Rum Bay Restaurant. It is one of the restaurants our visitors of all ages love to ...
Viewed 615 times since 30 June 2016.

Salute Restaurant Key West part 1
The centre of Key West and the Duval St area is saturated with restaurants which cater for every palate and budget. If, however, you are spending a day at the beach or are staying near the beach in Key West, particularly in the Casa Marina area, then...
Viewed 485 times since 2 October 2016.

Sarasota
Sarasota is situated in the gulf coast about a good one and a half hours drive away from Orlando To get there you would talk the I 4 towards Tampa then the I75 south Sarasota has lots to offer. For a start the beach at siesta key has f...
Viewed 2366 times since 1 September 2008.

Sarasota - What to do there
Sarasota The Sarasota area was originally identified in the mid-1700s as Zara Zote. The area is south of Tampa and north of Fort Myers on the western coast of the Florida. Within Sarasota Bay is a group of barrier isla...
Viewed 1290 times since 15 June 2013.

Saving on shopping in Orlando
Every one goes on and on about how much money you can save when shopping in Florida instead of in the UK. Well it is true, there are many things to buy that can be a great saving. But, there are also savings to be made in the shopping just ...
Viewed 2215 times since 31 January 2011.

Sea Screamer at Clearwater (4)
If you are planning to spend a day at the Gulf Coat, why not head for Clearwater which is easily accessible from the Orlando area via the Interstate 4. The journey takes about an hour and a half - and is an easy drive, down the I4, through Tam...
Viewed 3355 times since 1 September 2008.

Seuss Landing at Universal Studios
I must admit this is one of my favourite parts of Universal Studios. I suspect it might just be the kid in me because my Mother bought me all these books when I was quite young. It really is a great place for the young ones to relax and e...
Viewed 1573 times since 17 May 2012.

Shopping at Posner Park
Posner Park is situated on the 27 south just after the junction with the I4. If you want to enjoy your shopping without the hustle and bustle of crowds and also make the most of the car parking it is a good place to go. We usually hea...
Viewed 1174 times since 16 November 2013.

Shops and Restaurants at Premium Outlets Part 1
Whether you wish to shop or eat you are really spoilt for choice at this Vineland Road location. You can access this from the I4 but if the traffic is heavy and you are staying anywhere near the 192 just go along there until you come to the 535 and t...
Viewed 1990 times since 11 March 2012.

Shops and Restaurants at Premium Outlets Part 2
On your way to the shops at Premium Outlets you will find one of the most popular restaurants located on the left, Bahama Breeze. In holiday periods there is often a long waiting list for dinner particularly on warm nights when it is great to sit out...
Viewed 3561 times since 11 March 2012.

Shops and Restaurants at Premium Outlets Part 4
Our favourite amongst the stalls around the malls is the one that sells Wind Spinners we visit it on every holiday and either bring home a spinner for ourselves or as a gift for family or friends. Situated next to this is a Nail Art stall that the gi...
Viewed 2182 times since 11 March 2012.

Shops and Restaurants at Premium Outlets Part 5
In Part 4 I forgot to mention the Toffee Apple shop in the Food Court where you can usually buy 4 Toffee Apples for the price of 3. We always visit there as we buy 4 and take back to the villa. We keep the apples in the fridge for the next few days a...
Viewed 1937 times since 11 March 2012.

Shops and Restaurants at Premium Outlets part 6
Many people do buy extra suitcases but because we have our own villa we are fortunate enough to be able to leave the majority of our holiday clothes there so can afford to fly out with nearly empty suitcases. However if you do feel you might need to ...
Viewed 1643 times since 6 May 2012.

Shops and Restaurants at Premium Outlets Part 7
Although we were now all getting tired we headed off to Reebok as everyone wanted to buy something. They have a good selection here for all the family men women and children are catered for so everyone wandered about individually. You can...
Viewed 1760 times since 6 May 2012.

A side trip to Key West Part 1
We have been coming to Florida for almost 20 years now, and whilst we have explored both the East and West coasts extensively, we have never traveled to The Florida Keys. Having friends with us who were keen to visit Key West, this trip we we...
Viewed 2641 times since 1 September 2008.

A side trip to Key West Part 2
We awoke to another beautiful day, a blue, cloudless sky and a warm gentle breeze, it was only 8am and already in the mid 70’s…. it was going to be a warm one! After breakfast al fresco we decided to take a formal tour of Key West, this would have a ...
Viewed 2643 times since 1 September 2008.

A side trip to Key West Part 3 ....final part
Our third and final full day and once again we awoke to a glorious morning, although today the breeze was a little stronger, not that we weren’t thankful for it as it was very warm. We had toyed with a boat trip today but discounted it as the...
Viewed 2937 times since 1 September 2008.

South Beach Miami - Art Deco Area
If you fancy seeing a bit more of Florida during your stay why not take a trip to Miami. Miami is around 4 hours' drive from the Orlando area and so it is worth staying over night or even two nights to enable you to have a good look around. <...
Viewed 2396 times since 28 September 2009.

Space Center
No trip to Florida should end without a visit to the Kennedy Space Center. When you are so close it would be such a shame not to visit the most well known place in America – from where all the space missions leave. It is situated about 60 minutes dri...
Viewed 2161 times since 13 October 2010.

St Augustine - Fountain of Youth and the Cathedral
We seem to have got “the bug” for St Augustine the same as we did for Orlando over 20 years ago. No matter how many times we visit we always find new places to explore in depth as well as new restaurants to eat at. On a recent visit w...
Viewed 1149 times since 4 November 2014.

St John's Pass
During your stay in Florida if you fancy a change from the main Attractions you may decide to visit the Gulf coast. Clearwater is easily accessible by the Interstate 4 from the Orlando area and here you will find one of the best beaches in Flo...
Viewed 3859 times since 1 September 2008.

Clearwater Beach Sunset Festival At Pier 60
No matter how much you enjoy the theme parks in and around central Orlando, there comes a time for most people when they just feel like doing something else. One of the nicest, most enjoyable, laidback experiences we have found was the sunset fest...
Viewed 3910 times since 1 September 2008.

Sunset Ridge
Sunset Ridge Sunset Ridge is a small gated community about ½ mile South of the intersection of the I-4 and the US 27. The community cannot be seen from the US27 so the conveniently located Outpost 27 Tourist Information Centre, with its distin...
Viewed 2433 times since 10 June 2010.

The new Suzuki XL7 by Thrifty car rental
During our last trip to Florida during the summer of 2008 we chose to organise the rental of a mid sized SUV from Thrifty car rental, bookable via this website (http://www. orlandovillas. com/car_hire. aspx) . We organised for a collection at the Rad...
Viewed 3208 times since 29 September 2008.

Swimming with Dolphins at Discovery Cove
Nearly every time I have returned from Florida I have heard excited families telling other people about how the best day of their trip had been swimming with the dolphins at Discovery Cove. Well this time it was my turn to have the experience. ...
Viewed 1856 times since 26 December 2012.

Tarpon Springs (5)
We had just dropped the kids off at Busch Gardens in Tampa and decided to spend the day on the Gulf Coast. Instead of heading for the more popular resorts of St Peterburg and Clearwater we drove further north to a jewel of a place…. Tarpon Springs. <...
Viewed 2265 times since 1 September 2008.

The A1A Coastal Road - the Atlantic Coast of Florida
“The Scenic & Historic A1A Coastal Road is more than a name – it’s a state of being. ” We picked it up in Daytona and travelled up Ocean Shore Boulevard through Ormond Beach right the way up to the Fernandina Beach, St Amelia with a couple of nig...
Viewed 2916 times since 12 September 2009.

The Dodge Caravan – Mini van (MPV)
During a recent trip to Florida we decided to have a change from renting the usual SUV (4x4) and thought we would give one of the newer generation Mini Vans a try, known as people movers in the UK. We decided to rent our vehicle from Alamo. <...
Viewed 4290 times since 8 February 2011.

The Dodge Nitro - A new addition to the Dollar car rental fleet
Having booked our SUV (4x4) car rental for our April ’07 visit, I was fully expecting to be handed over a Jeep Cherokee Laredo, a vehicle I have had the pleasure of renting on many visits. On this trip however we were given a brand new model in the S...
Viewed 4443 times since 1 September 2008.

The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad Stunt Show. Universal
The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad Stunt Show If you have never visited this live action stunt show then you simply must as this is one of the best in any of the Florida theme parks, there is plenty of action with explosion fire and water but what ...
Viewed 2047 times since 23 December 2011.

The Glen Canyon Dam Arizona
The Glen Canyon Dam Situated in the northern part of Arizona, on the outskirts of the town of Page, stands the Glen Canyon dam. This concrete arch dam straddles the mighty Colorado River between the upper and lower Rive...
Viewed 356 times since 2 October 2016.

The Incredible Hulk - Islands of Adventure
The Incredible Hulk Roller Coaster is situated at Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios. The ride is located near the entrance of the park and is one of the first things you can see when you arrive. What strikes you when you are waiting to enter th...
Viewed 2525 times since 11 September 2010.

The John and Mabel Ringling Museum Of Art
THE JOHN AND MABLE RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART On our trip to Sarasota Bay we discovered the amazing John and Mable Ringling museum of art. There is an international art collection of paintings and statues, a jewel-box Italian theatre, the world’...
Viewed 1232 times since 14 June 2013.

The Last Launch of Shuttle Discovery
It took me five attempts to see a shuttle launch. Each time I scheduled a trip, the launch got moved just outside of my time in Florida. Twice I extended my trip to try and catch it but I had no luck… Until now. Ever since I was a young boy, I was fa...
Viewed 1180 times since 3 May 2014.

The Little White House Key West
When visiting Key West Harry Trumans Little White House ( not to be confused with Roosevelts Little White House in Georgia) is well worth a couple of hours of your time. Situated on Front Street the museum is close to the centre of Ke...
Viewed 614 times since 27 December 2015.

The LUSH store in Orlando International Airport.
If you walk through the main shopping area of Orlando International Airport your will not fail to smell the delicious aromas wafting out of the LUSH shop – and what an evocative name that is. It can mean so many things – lush as in a rainforest, or l...
Viewed 3738 times since 3 February 2011.

The Sandbar
What a fabulous place. On our last trip to Florida we spent a lovely day at Anna Maria Island, situated on the west coast of Florida near to Bradenton. The day was made really special by our lunch at the Sandbar, so I thought you might like an...
Viewed 2868 times since 1 September 2008.

The Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit (spoiler free)
The Atlantis exhibit at the Kennedy Space Centre opened in July 2013 and I was lucky enough to pay a visit a couple of weeks after it opened. Before seeing it in person, I had read lots on the internet about the engineering required t...
Viewed 1998 times since 5 May 2014.

The Town of Celebration Overview
Whenever we visit our home in Florida we like to take a trip to the town of Celebration. Located just off H192 and very well sign posted (look out for the water tower) is this beautiful quiet community was built by the Disney corporation in a...
Viewed 3670 times since 27 December 2010.

The Toyota Highlander by Alamo
When looking for a comfortable 4x4 to rent during the summer my usual procrastination was curtailed by price when I was distracted by an extremely good deal (at the time) being offered by Alamo via the car rental pages of this web site (http://www. o...
Viewed 4205 times since 1 September 2008.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
The Islands of Adventure is a theme park twinned with Universal Studios and is, in my opinion, the best of Orlando' s theme parks. The current main attraction is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a marvelously atmospheric recreation of Hogwa...
Viewed 2371 times since 15 January 2011.

Three restaurant critiques
Three new restaurants I tried this trip were Chilis, Sante Fe and Millers Orlando Ale House. I thought I would give my review of them here for your perusal Chilis At first we thought this was a nice inexpensive restaurant as the staff w...
Viewed 2394 times since 19 November 2010.

Tibbals Learning Centre, Ringling Museum, Sarasota
One of the most fascinating parts of the Ringling Museum is the Tibbals Learning Centre. Upstairs are various displays of the circus from early days to Cirque Soleil where you can even see Buffalo Bill’s gloves and an old black and white film of the ...
Viewed 1656 times since 18 September 2012.

A Whistle Stop Tour of St Augustine
On our most recent trip to Orlando we decided to see a little more of Florida and booked three nights in St Augustine, which is located on the Atlantic coast thirty five miles south of Jacksonville and around a hundred miles north east of Orlando. ...
Viewed 2745 times since 1 September 2008.

Typhoon Lagoon Refurbished Part 1
Over recent years we had always gone to Blizzard Beach as our favourite Water Park but when we visited in March it was closed for refurbishment so we decided to go to Typhoon Lagoon. We had a late flight back on a Saturday night and as my...
Viewed 2261 times since 12 April 2011.

Typhoon Lagoon Refurbished Part 2
Lockers are available for rental at Typhoon Lagoon and are a good idea particularly if all the family want to go on rides together this will avoid your leaving items unattended by your loungers. We always take our own towels but I know you can get th...
Viewed 1884 times since 12 April 2011.

TyPhoon Lagoon Refurbished Part 3
Once we get to our seating area we organise ourselves and then go straight for a leisurely ride on the Lazy River which goes around the outside of the Park, this is a very safe area with lifeguards situated all around. Lazy River never lo...
Viewed 1807 times since 12 April 2011.

Typhoon Lagoon Refurbished Part 4
After our visit to Shark Reef the girls and Grandad decided they wanted to go to the Wave Pool. At the very edge of this little ones with their parents can paddle but of course the girls wanted to spend time further in bobbing about in the waves and ...
Viewed 1876 times since 12 April 2011.

Universal Studios Island of Adventures – Part 1
When Universal Studios first opened it started at the entrance by the globe and what is now Islands of Adventures and all the night clubs and cafes was the car park. How it has changed. Now there is a vast multi story car park and two parks. ...
Viewed 1140 times since 23 December 2013.

Universal Studios Island of Adventures – Part 2, Harry Potter
And so to Harry Potter. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is Universal’s greatest triumph to date. You enter through The Lost Continent into England to see the snow capped roofs of the buildings in Hogsmeade and on to Hogwarts. The ...
Viewed 1206 times since 23 December 2013.

US Airways - Via Charlotte to Florida
Looking at some of the prices for direct flights out of the UK to Florida I was wondering if we would ever get out to Orlando and our Villa. Getting withdrawal symptoms and a lack of sun pushed me over the edge into really trying to get alternative o...
Viewed 2397 times since 27 June 2012.

Visit Lake Louisa State Park
As you head north along Highway 27 you will come across Lake Louisa State Park which is a beautiful and peaceful gathering of 6 glistening lakes and scenic landscape that spreads itself over gently sloping hills. The Palatlakaha River, which ...
Viewed 1958 times since 26 November 2010.

Visiting the Parks Part 1
You will find leaflets from the Parks advertising the attractions and rides and also their opening times all over Orlando. These are usually printed for each month (as the times of opening and show times change) and are an essential part of your plan...
Viewed 1887 times since 29 October 2011.

Vista del Lago - The Perfect Location
Vista del Lago is a beautiful tree-lined manufactured home resort located in a prime position less than 5 miles west of Disney. Set around several natural lakes and reserves, the resort is close enough to be right in the heart of the magic but is pea...
Viewed 2486 times since 16 August 2010.

A Weekend in Chicago
My niece lives outside Chicago and so on a recent trip to the USA to our villas we decided to go to see her for a weekend. The flight from Orlando International takes around 2 ½ hours and cost £155 each. We stayed in the Club Quarters hotel for 2 nig...
Viewed 1970 times since 29 September 2011.

What is so special about a holiday in Orlando?
Well where to begin. Here your children can meet Doctor Seuss, travel through space, take a ride with The Simpsons or come face to face with a dinosaur. Stare into the mouth of “Jaws”or join Captain Jack Sparrow in the Caribbean. Fly on Alladin’s mag...
Viewed 2280 times since 14 January 2011.

What makes Seaworld so good?
Seaworld is one of Orlando’s most under popular parks with families, however is not normally on the must do parks. The park boasts excellent visitor records and is actually one of Orlando’s best visited parks by people on vacation. Over the Years Sea...
Viewed 2252 times since 9 November 2011.

Where to eat in Orlando - Part 1
As a villa owner, I am often asked if I can recommend restaurants to eat in while in Orlando. Sometimes people think they may well cook at their villa, but trust me, you will be far too tired after a day at Disney World to want to think about shoppin...
Viewed 2158 times since 15 December 2011.

Where to eat in Orlando - Part 2
Part 2 For a more basic style of food, pork chops and mash for example, the Crackerbarrel on H192 is pretty good if a little bland for my taste, but I have heard good things about it from people. For the best ribs, especially baby back rib...
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Where to Shop in Florida Part 2
If you like Factory Outlet Shopping Lake Buena Vista shops are quite compact to shop at and conveniently located on South Apopka Vineland Road and open Monday to Saturday 10. 00am to 9. 00pm and Sunday 10. 00am to 7. 00pm. It always amazed me that sh...
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Why Go Back To Orlando
When my mother heard we were going to Orlando she said, “Fancy spending two weeks at a fun fair. ” Well you wont be surprised to hear that she had never been further than Italy in her 92 years on this earth. Not only do many people go to a “Fun Fair”...
Viewed 2126 times since 3 February 2012.

Zen Restaurant, Omni Resort
Looking for somewhere a little different for a meal to celebrate my nieces 18th Birthday in September 2015 we looked on the internet and found the Zen Restaurant at the Omni Resort at Championsgate. It’s only about a ten minute drive from our villa o...
Viewed 579 times since 14 June 2016.

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