Thursday, 7 June 2018

Florida - A to Z of Places I have visited


For the next few months I am going to write about some places I have visited and do them in alphabetical order.
Still wondering what I will do for the more unusual letters like Q and X etc. but maybe I will have a brilliant idea later.





I have been to Florida 3 different times.

In 1983 I flew over to the US from Northern Ireland on my own to join my husband who had been there for a work conference.

In 1995 our family of 5 drove down from our (then) home in Delaware to let our children experience Disney World and Sea World and a few other places before we would be packing up all our belongings and returning to live once again in Northern Ireland.

In 2017 - yes just last year - Fred and I returned to Florida for a week so that he could attend a church conference and I could sit at the pool at the hotel.


So some of the highlights of Florida for me have been the following:


St. Augustine

In 1983 we were driving from Jacksonville to Kissimmee (after my horrible experiences both at JFK Airport and at a motel in Jacksonville which could be a future Travel Blog Post) and stopped in St. Augustine to see the Alligators.  I mentioned this briefly in an earlier blog post The Alligator in the Ditch.


St. Augustine is a lovely old town and we were able to take a bit of time to see around a bit of it befor going to the Alligator Farm.

Photo Credit - Pixabay



Photo Credit - Pixabay




Photo Credit - Pixabay


I have to admit that I do not like alligators but we enjoyed the alligator farm but if I ever had the chance to go back to At. Augustine I would rather explore the town (old and new) rather than the farm again.



Kenedy Space Station


In 1995 one of the places we saw was the Kenedy Space Station and for anyone with a husband with an engineering background like mine this was a place not to be missed, our two boys who were 11 and 13 at the time also had a great time and our daughter and I quite enjoyed it too.


Photo Credit - Pixabay





Disney World


In both 1983 and 1995 there was a visit to Disney World and of course the first stop each time was The Magic Kingdom


Photo Credit - Pixabay

followed by Epcot Centre.


Photo Credit - Pixabay


My best memory of 1983 was Fred and I buying turkey legs to eat for lunch and not realising how big they would be.
They are enormous but also delicious - so if you are heading there try them out (if they still do them after all these years).



Sea World


In 1995 we also went to Sea World and Universal Studios which are also great for all ages.


Photo Credit - Pixabay





Photo Credit - Pixabay



Relaxing


2017 in Florida was so different for us.

No Alligator farm, no Space Station, no Theme Parks.

As well as relaxing by the pool I got to do some relaxing shopping because we found two nice large Craft Shops for me to wander around  -  just didn't get to buy all that I really liked because of having to travel back home but managed to get a few things I couldn't get in the UK.


How could you possible pick scrapbook paper from this multitude?



We also got to meet up with some friends from when we lived in Belgium for a lovely meal and chat one evening.


AND


We got to go to some restaurants we had loved when we lived in the US






Doggy Bag from The Ponderosa!

 so just had to take some selfies to make our kids jealous.


What do alligators and doggy bags have in common?







6 comments:

  1. Visiting you at Friendship Friday Blog Party & Social Media Boost 333 and the first time I'm visiting your blog. Yahoo! Will pin this and come back for more travel posts as I love to see places I haven't gone to before. Please drop by my blog too. It's www.colors4health.com

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  2. Fun memories. We are hoping to make a trip to southern Florida this year. We'll see since it will be hurricane season! The alligators sound interesting but the town of St. Augustine looks so lovely I would rather go there. The girls? They'd prefer the alligators.

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  3. Sandra, how about heading to Quebec for your Q word? I have never been, but I would like to someday.

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  4. I lived in Florida when I was in elementary school, but never go to see St. Augustine. It's definitely on my bucket list!

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  5. We love Florida! It's become our go to family destination.

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