Florida was fun.
Sunshine, broad open spaces, Gator swamps, driving on the wrong side of the road, lazy days by the pool, busy days visiting attractions and afternoon showers that came down in the afternoons with the regularity of clockwork for about 20 minutes.
Florida was Daisy Duke to New York‘s Devil Wears Prada atmosphere.
That weather I was talking about…?
In the below photo, the small sign in the left hand bottom corner reads “It is illegal in the state of Florida to feed the Alligators.”
First of all, fair enough – safety first kids.
Second of all, WHO ON EARTH GETS CLOSE ENOUGH TO FEED AN ALLIGATOR AND THEREFORE NEED A SIGN LIKE THAT?
A bit of Harry Potter to compete with ‘that mouse’; below is the Three Broomsticks inside Universal Studios where we had to have lunch which included Pumpkin Juice, Butterbeer and mini-Cornish Pasties.
‘The World’s largest Orange’. Inside it was full of horrendous touristy bric-a-brac and crates of normal sized oranges, but I didn’t really expect much more from it!
I actually did a U-turn to go to this place, there was no way that I was missing out. Not a chance.
We also visited Celebration, a designed town put together by the Walt Disney Company as a ‘master-planned-community’ to promote as a return to small-town values with walkable and safe communities. It’s story-book beautiful.
Check out Miss R’s very funny blog here.
And, the Desperate Housewives’ set was inspired (though not filmed) here.
Florida was full of peerless Southern Hospitality (nothing was ever too much trouble, ever), a few English Tourists in Footballs shirts and gold chains (sadly) and some awesome shopping malls.
I also learnt that I was capable of driving a right-hand-side car in monsoon conditions. We happened to be there for the first Tropical Storm of their rainy season (which gave birth to 8 mini-tornadoes), and driving back from NASA (Cape Kennedy/Canaveral) we were caught in the most insane rain storm. It was so intense I could only see the road markings because my lights were reflecting off them. At 5pm in the afternoon. I’m really not the most experienced of drivers and I can’t tell you how stressed I felt. But I didn’t panic, and it’s one of the things I’m most proud of that I have done in the last 6 months.