Spotlight on Florida: Key West

Key West is a beautiful island at the farthest end of the Florida Keys. Although a popular tourist destination the island retains old world charm. You wont find chain stores or McDonald’s. You will find fishing and boating harbors, museums, art and crafts stores and fine dining. You wont even find a “real” beach but you can swim in the manmade beach.

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One place I’ve wanted to visit is Ernest Hemingway’s Key West Home. It seems no matter what I do I just can’t seem to get there before close. Just too busy swimming I guess.

Another popular attraction is the marker doing Key West as the most southern point in the continental United States and only 90 miles from Cuba.

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Spotlight on Florida: Panama City Beach

My daughter and I decided to treat ourselves on our Christmas Trek to Orlando to visit the other daughter. We had wanted for years to stay in a hotel over looking the beach but when we got to our room we found the door faced the road which meant the room behind us would be overlooking the ocean. Then we opened the door…

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…this is what we saw. Oh, what a lovely view. It may have been December but we kept the door and window open all night and the sound of crashing waves was our lullaby.

We enjoyed a lovely walk along the beach at sunset. The next day we swam in the pool, very unique pools with waterfalls (photos are lost).

 

Spotlight on Florida: Castillo de San Marcos

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, St Augustine Florida

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Spotlight on Florida: The Vegas Strip at Legoland

No you’re not in Las Vegas, however, these amazing miniatures accurately portray a few of the popular Vegas hotels. This is a fun place to visit with your family, even young children enjoy the scenery, rides and waterpark. I’ll share more of this fun park after our next trip. LEGOLAND is located about an hour west of Orlando in Winter Haven.

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Treasure Island

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Luxor

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New York, New York

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Excalibur

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Spotlight on Florida: Gasparilla Island Light

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Gasparilla Island State Park

Spotlight on Florida: Let it snow

You might think being just north of the tropics we wouldn’t have snow but it does snow down here in Florida. But a white Christmas?

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Flowers and Snowflakes

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First time in snow

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And the culprit to all this snow….

a snow machine

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So what is this snow? The snowflake, obviously lights, the snow village is more like ice and the falling snow, well that’s actually soap. Although we had fun it didn’t satisfied my desire to see mounds of the fluffy white stuff.

 

photos taken at: SeaWorld Orlando (Christmas Celebration), Busch Gardens Tampa (Christmas Town) and Rosen Shingle Creek Resorts (Winter Wonderland)

 

Spotlight on Florida: Palm trees decked out in red and green

Nothing says “Christmas” as much as palm trees all decked out with red, green and white Christmas lights.

Spotlight on Florida: Dreaming of Sugar Plums & Gingerbread Houses

Grand Floridian Hotel, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Spotlight on Florida: Boggy Creek Airboat Rides

Boggy Creek Airboat Rides is one of the best in Florida and the best way to view the extensive wetlands of central Florida, referred to by some as the “Central Florida Everglades”. Catch a ride on Lake Tohopekaliga in Saint Cloud then hug an alligator.

 

Spotlight on Florida: Autumn in Florida

This week I’m spotlighting a season in Florida rather than a place. The other afternoon I took princess out for a walk. I immediately noticed a chill in the air, ah, a sure sign of fall. I later checked the temperature…70º, definitely sweater weather. This is the time of the year I miss living in the north. I miss the change of colors, but not wearing sweaters.

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We do have changing seasons here in Florida and changing leaves. Last year my daughter brought me a leaf and said in complete seriousness, “see mom, leaves do change colors”. With shock on my face I replied, “It’s dead”. The leaf was brown and crumbly just like the leaves in the photo below.

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So if you want to see beautiful, colorful autumn leaves this is what you will see. Fake plastic or silk leaves, colorfully dyed in the colors of autumn. Ah Florida. At least I’m not wearing a coat!

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