“Must See” in Orlando FL

In the process of getting ready for our road trip coming this June 2014, I discovered some applications to help me learn about the cities we are going to be visiting (DC and NY). I shared them with you in my last post (http://writingnewstories.com/2014/05/28/research-research-and-more-research/). I talked to you about City Walks, which hopefully will be very helpful for what we need in this trip. One thing I notice about this app is that comes for many cities in and out of US. I was curious about the kind of information and suggestion that this application might have for the city of Orlando, where I live.

Everybody knows how touristic is Orlando! I am almost certain that half of the people that comes to central Florida is to go to the amusement parks and the other half of the tourist to visit the beach during the winter season, it’s a lot warmer here in Florida. So, I wanted to know the suggestions besides the amusement parks. For my surprise Disney World is not even mention, neither Sea World. I don’t understand why, but I am sure that neither of those parks need promotion.

One of the places that this app for Orlando mention as a “Must See” is Lake Eola Park and it is one of my favorite places in Downtown Orlando as well.

I understand that people when planning their vacation to Orlando, might not even think of passing by here with so much to do and so many parks in the itinerary. But going to a place without visiting the downtown of the city, is like leaving incomplete! Why coming here, why passing by?

Well, in any vacation (specially if you are visiting all the parks!) you need to whine down, to rest of the rush of visiting everything, you need a day to take it slow and easy… Also it will be good for you to know how people live in Orlando. Not everything is a Cinderella Castle around here and you wont see Mickey Mouse running around the city. Come a take a walk through Downtown Orlando, take a look to the normal side of the city!

You can start your walk at Church Street

During the day you will see cars around, at night the street is close to traffic and only pedestrian are allowed. You can enjoy the nice buildings of this small downtown, but still give you that sense of being in the city.

 

 

You will find in here, like in any other city, the bars, the restaurants, old and antique look buildings,the main library, museums and much more.

Because the downtown is not that big, you will be able to find Lake Eola Park without a problem, there are signs everywhere or you can ask, its easy to find. Around the lake you will find inspiring sculptures (http://writingnewstories.com/2013/11/20/eight-unique-sculptures-for-the-city-of-orlando/ ) and lost of friendly squirrels and birds, but the must important to mention are the swans. We have a community of swans living in the park, there are very well take care and protected.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Around the lake there is a walking or jogging trail, there are restrooms, restaurants, a playground for the little ones, sculptures, paddle boats and more. But the best thing that you can find in here is a time for you to relax in the middle of your vacations.

Until then…

xamlinnette 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mother’ Day Weekend! How you celebrated?

For me to have a happy Mother’s Day Weekend equals to have a great family time. Before Jorge came to our lives I used to take make a reservation in Coronado Spring Hotel in Disney World for the weekend for me and my kids. Seen my kids happy, all weekend long at the pool going down the water slide millions of time used to make the best gift I could ever had. They were little and they used to enjoy that very much, we also went to dinner together, walk the resort, and at night when they were so tired we watch a movie at the room until we all fall to sleep.

Now I have two teenager and our family is bigger with Jorge in our lives. It’s been 3 years since the last time we were at Coronado Spring, so I decided to do a reservation again now with Jorge with us too. It is funny to me how things were so different this time.

My kids have different interest now… To make the story short, it was nothing like the past years, on Saturday Jorge had to take some time to do his homework for his last class of his MBA. My son Jay, was more in to the Gym and running around the resort on the jogging trail. That left my daughter and me by ourselves, and even though I enjoy her company very very much, the feeling of being all together, wasn’t there.

 

 

Thank’s God for Sunday! We all stop our personal interests and obligations and decided to do everything together… I would not say more, I will show you our great time together. 🙂

 

Just for fun here a slow motion ping-pong video!! 🙂

 

After we got home, Jorge and me went for a bike ride, we have dinner in a close by restaurant and relax for a while. We bike back home with dinner for the kids. We ended our weekend playing a monopoly card game were Jay and Jadzia were the winners… we were tired 😉

Family time, no matter where, close to home or far, is the best gift I could ever have.

I hope you had a great Mother’s Day weekend too!

So, how you celebrated? What you did for this past Mother’s Day Weekend? You do the same thing every year? For me, this will be the last Coronado Spring Resort. Next year we will explore the west coast of Florida. Ana Maria Island!! I will love to hear from you! I will like to know what fun tradition you do during this family oriented weekend.

Until then…

xamlinnette 🙂

 

Our Condolences to the Disney Family

Disneyland CastleOur condolences to the Disney family, a great loss for them. Did you know that she was one of the inspirations for the magical Disneyland and World Disney World. Check my article, Remembering One of the Greatest Inspirations for Disneyland-Diane Disney Miller.

xamlinnette 🙂