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    Holidays to Florida: Our Complete Guide

    August 24, 2018
    A guide to holidays in Florida

    As children, holidays to Florida seemed a luxury reserved only for that affluent family in Home Alone, or the lucky prize winners of daytime competitions. Enchanted by all things Americana, I’d daydream of taking such a trip – obsessively collecting glossy brochures from our local travel agent. Carefully cutting out all the Florida Disney holidays, I’d leave my snippets strategically around the house, hopeful  that my parents would be swayed by the beaming face of Mickey Mouse. Sadly, my dream…

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  • Fulfilling Our Childhood Dream in Florida

    Since our trip to Anna Maria Island  last year, Florida is a state that has continued to surprise us. A sleepy, pastel-coloured haven located off the Gulf of Mexico, our week on this idyllic island…

    June 3, 2018
  • A Visit to St Pete, Florida

    “I don’t know why, but I woke up this morning and felt like some Cuban food”, a voice comes from the table next to us. “Like pulled pork or something. I’m Buddy by the…

    May 30, 2018
  • Swimming with Manatees on Crystal River

    For someone who prides themselves on an eclectic, wide-ranging bucket list, the experience of swimming with manatees came as a rather late addition. In fact, prior to visiting Anna Maria Island last year, the…

    May 22, 2018
  • Where to eat in Tampa

    A Two-Day Guide to the City of Tampa, Florida

    There is something stirring in Tampa: an energy, an excitement, a buzz. Walk through the city’s downtown area – a territory once dominated by linoleum-filled skyscrapers – and you might feel it rush by;…

    May 14, 2018
  • A guide to holidays in Florida

    A Guide to Anna Maria Island, Florida

    Last Christmas, during that strange hiatus between Christmas and New Year, the BBC aired ‘The Real Marigold on Tour’. The series was based on the popular film ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’, that tells…

    December 6, 2017
  • The Hidden Details of Universal Studios, Orlando

    A few months ago, my life was gripped by a television series. Telling the surreal story of a Western-inspired theme park, full of lifelike robots and guests dressed as cowboys, HBO’s Westworld fascinated me.…

    February 9, 2017
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

    It was a hot, summer’s day in 1997 when our Mum returned from work with two copies of the first Harry Potter book: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The following week was spent lying…

    February 2, 2017
  • A Guide to Universal Orlando Resort, Florida

    *Disclaimer – for my parents: I really did enjoy our holidays growing up. Please don’t feel bad. Growing up in the late 80s and early 90s, I was part of generation Americana. Despite being…

    January 26, 2017
  • Fall in Washington DC

    In many ways, I like to think that the UK is superior to the US: superior chocolate, superior music and superior public toilets (why do all toilets in America have huge gaps either side of…

    October 31, 2016
  • A Road Trip to Virginia

    On Friday we embarked on a good-ol’ fashioned road-trip into the depths of Virginia. We should probably mention that our brother lives in DC and so helped arrange the trip and did all the…

    December 15, 2014