Category Archives: Florida vacations

Hogsmeade Village and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure.

We arrived in Hogsmeade village via the Hogwarts Express, such a great way to arrive in Hogsmeade village. The first sights on arrival are the snow capped village houses and the Hogwarts castle spires. The gray block buildings stand on … Continue reading

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Universal Studios Diagon Alley and the Escape from Gringotts

Universal Studios Orlando has been brought right up to date and is simply stunning! They have incorporated some great technological advances that make new themed rides like Transformers and Escape from Gringotts a must see! The Wizarding World of Harry … Continue reading

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Homosassa Springs State park – Florida natural wildlife and Manatees

We had seen manatees in their natural habitat at Blue Springs State park on the St Johns River but decided to go to Homosassa Springs State Park as one can see resident Mantees all year, not just the wild ones that … Continue reading

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Celebration – Farmers market and Celebration Town Tavern

We decided to visit the Farmers market at Celebration, about 20-30 minutes from Solana Resort. Celebration is a planned community in Osceola county, Florida and was originally developed by The Walt Disney Company. The farmers market is a short distance … Continue reading

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Farmers market and Hollis garden at Lakeland, Florida

Following various artcles on the attractions at Lakeland, Fl, we decided to visit the Farmers market which meets on a Saturday between 8am-2pm at 200 North Kentucky Avenue, Lakeland. Its approximately a 25 minute easy drive on the I4 from … Continue reading

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Lakeridge winery – Clermont, Florida

We decided to do something a bit different on this vacation trip so visited the Lakeridge winery some 25 miles north of Solana Resort. This winery has been open since 1989 and has vines on the gentle rolling hills above … Continue reading

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Blue Springs state Park – St Johns River and Manatees

We had never seen manatees in their natural habitat so took a trip to the  Blue Springs state park  which is about 52 miles north of Disney World, at Orange city, virtually all the way on the I-4. The admission … Continue reading

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Cape Canveral Cruise on vacation in Florida

Cruise out of Cape Canaveral – villa holiday Florida On our last holiday to Florida, we decided to take a cruise going out of Cape Canaveral on Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL). We had booked the cruise about 6 weeks prior … Continue reading

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Music Event at Bok Tower Gardens

We visited the concert under the stars at Bok Tower Gardens on May 1st, 2010. This was the 20th annual concert performed on the great lawn at Bok Tower with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra; a regional community orchestra of approximately … Continue reading

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Villa Holiday, Orlando, Florida

  We arrived at our villa, after a flight from the UK to Sanford Airport, dropped off luggage and then out to the near by Publix supermarket for some food shopping. After a good night sleep we headed off the … Continue reading

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