Saturday, February 03, 2007

First full day

This is our first full day in Florida. Neither of us slept very well so we got up early and unpacked. The weather isn't very good - cloudy and not very warm (somewhere in the mid-sixties) and noticeably cooler than yesterday.

We walked to Denny's (on International Drive) for breakfast around 10am. Boy, American breakfasts are something. They're huge. I had a "Meat Feast", which is sausage, some other meat, bacon and two eggs - along with three pancakes topped with a big blob of butter - and all the coffee I could drink. I normally skip breakfast at home and have a coffee and (low fat) muffin around 11am. So this cholesterol mountain at 10am was a shock to my system. It cost $7 (£3.75).

When we arrived at the airport yesterday, the immigration officer got chatting to us and recommended the Mount Dora Art Festival, which is held once a year in a local town. It sounded good so we decided to give it a try. We had planned to take it easy for the first couple of days to let our system adjust the time difference. We got back to the hotel around 11.30am and headed off to Mount Dora around mid-day.

Mount Dora is lovely. Very American. We parked our car out of town and got a complimentary yellow school bus to the actual arts festival. There were lots of people sells arts and crafts - mostly jewellery and paintings. We didn't buy anything but had a nice time strolling the main street of Mount Dora and looking at the beautiful houses.

Margaret took lots of photos. We had lunch around 3pm at an old (and expensive) tea-room and got the bus back to the car about 5pm.

We got back to our hotel room around 6.30pm exhausted. The jet lag and the over-eating were kicking-in. We skipped dinner, watched some TV and fell asleep around 9pm.

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