Sunday, February 04, 2007

Quiet Sunday

Another cold(ish) day with cloud and temperatures in the mid-sixties. So we decided to visit Downtown Orlando today.

Downtown is the business part of the city but it also has some nice parks and town houses. We headed for the business area around 1pm. Our hotel is very convenient for Interstate 4 (I4) and it only takes a couple of minutes to get onto the motorway - and from there it's a 15 minute ride to the centre of Orlando.

We arrived at Downtown at 1.30pm and after parking the car explored the city. The streets were very quiet so we took lots of photos of the buildings - some of which were pretty spectacular.

We then went looking for somewhere to get lunch. There's a nice park in the centre of Downtown and we walked through this on the way to Starbucks, where we had coffee and cake. The cafe is in a lovely part of the town with some old picturesque town houses. Right across the road a blues band was playing in the forecourt of another cafe.

We headed back to the hotel around 5pm and went out for dinner at 7.30pm.

We came to Florida without tickets for the parks, hoping that we could pick up some cheap tickets here. But they're as expensive as back home. You can get really cheap tickets if you're willing to endure a time-share presentation - so we thought we'd give it a try. Our presentation is 8am tomorrow morning and we plan to go straight to Universal Studios after it.

We ate at Pizza Hut before returning to the hotel at 9.30pm. We're still suffering the effects of jet-lag and were exhausted when we got back to our room -- and we have an early start tomorrow.

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