24-Jul-12 Florida stage 1

In Blog, Personal on July 24, 2012 at 4:33 pm

After my technology rant yesterday, I thought today I would bore you all with stage 1 of our recent trip to Florida. Mainly because I have had no time to come up with any other original and compelling dialogue for my blog!

As already stated in previous blogs, the first 6 nights of our vacation (already slipping in to American) was spent in Orlando after flying Virgin Atlantic direct from Gatwick.

It’s the first time we had flown Virgin and we were very impressed. Unfortunately it was a tad misleading, as we had the pleasure of flying Barbarella, one of the first of Branson’s 747 fleet to be refurbished with new technology, livery and layout.

Whoever designed these crafts has done a brilliant job and it’s probably the best long haul flight we have all had (To be fair, the only comparison for me up till now has been BA, First Choice and Thomson, so maybe I’ve had limited visibility)!

I guess it was long overdue, as 747’s have now been in service since 1969! Could Boeing have ever thought this craft would be so successful when building it?

Everything about visiting America is an experience, as everything is just so much bigger and better! After convincing our car hire rep that we did not need a bigger car (because the existing 4 wheel Mazda CXR 9 with space for 7 and associated baggage was more than enough), we left the airport for our town house in Kissemmee negotiating first the car navigation system, driving an automatic for the first time and then the highways!


Of course, the easiest of the 3 was the navigation system with me being in Information Technology? Be serious! I probably found it easier to negotiate the highways. What a difference to driving here with so many lanes to switch between (even on their town roads).

Our town house was fab. What deals there are to be had on the Internet. This Particular one I would recommend again. Although I kind of let ourselves down here, as no picture of the pool and the lake we backed on too. Ah well, will have to download that off the Internet later!


Our plan for the proceeding days was to negotiate the Disney theme parks for 3 days and then Universal for 2 days. So now the challenge of buying tickets! I will save this stage of the journey for another day, as we nearly got ourselves banned from Universal. Those who have negotiated with the ticket booths in Orlando probably know what’s coming next in stage 2 of our vacation (oops. American again)!

  1. Midge we went Florida in 2004 and can’t wait to go back. Your observation of its size and everything in it is so true. We were impressed by how easy the lifestyle is there and indeed, how everything is geared towards that easy way of life. We pre-booked our park tickets ( other than tickets for Busch Gardens) and were grateful of our foresight once there. I look forward to your next blog about the …. Vacation.

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