Tuesday 1 November 2011

A Welcome Break!

Just settling back in after a fabulous holiday in Florida; two weeks that flew past and left us all exhausted!

Magic Kingdom

The weather started out with constant rain for a couple of days, but that thankfully stopped and the remaining days were warm and lovely.  We last visited Florida in 1997, so there were quite a few new additions, in particular Disney's Animal Kingdom and more recently the Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios.

I was particulary looking forward to visiting the Harry Potter area at the Island of Adventure, but found it quite disappointing.  It is visually stunning, but it was just too busy to see it properly and the shops are so small that with the amount of people in each one it was a shoulder to shoulder shuffle through each one...

On the other hand, I wasn't that excited about visiting Disney's Animal Kingdom, but it was AMAZING!!!  Not really being a 'thrill rider' I enjoyed every bit of this park; the shows were spectacular and the features and rides were all fantastic.  I went twice and could have gone again and again. 

We were all looking forward to the Shamu show at Seaworld, but found it a bit disappointing this time around as the trainers no longer go into the water with the killer whales (quite understandingly following the death of a trainer there).  However there was a wonderful dolphin show called Blue Horizons that more than made up for this.

We flew with Monarch from Manchester to Sanford, and stayed in a lovely villa in Clermont, just off the 192.  It was really nice, with a spa and pool that backed onto a lake; we'd all definately stay there again.

There were lots of great restaurants nearby; I would recommend the Santa Fe Steakhouse for steaks and ribs, and The Crackerbarrel for fantastic breakfasts and dinners like meatloaf and potloaf.  While we didn't have any really bad meals we would not return to The Red Lobster or Applejacks...

Well, back in England now; I chose not to return to Switzerland, so I'm back in the Lake District with its usual fair share of rain and wind.

I'm busy knitting some dolls and I will blog their progress as soon as I take some photographs.

In the meantime, Happy crafting!


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