Orlando of Florida!!!

Let me stay in nostalgia lane shall we ! I am remembering my fav places in my dear Florida USA, a State I lived for 18 yrs of my life, graduated from university, got married, has my best pro job experiences there, and my 3 boys were born, Let me tell you a bit more about Orlando ,Orange county, Florida , bringing back many memorable moments in my life that should be in my blog, Hope you enjoy the post and do come visit , a very popular place indeed,

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One anecdote for credit when credit is due, my last girlfriend before marrying my Frenchie was met at Nichols’s Alley (now closed) at 70 West Amelia avenue, Orlando while she was going to the University of Central Florida but was a native of Daytona Beach, ok, done deal was not to be.

Orlando attracts about 75 million tourists a year and is the second largest hotel city in the USA, The City of Orlando is nicknamed “the City Beautiful”, and its symbol is the Linton E. Allen Memorial Fountain, commonly referred to as simply the “Lake Eola fountain” at Lake Eola Park, Together with the University of Central Florida, the seventh-largest university in the United States by capacity, Within its urban area, there are more than 100 lakes, the largest being Apopka, Eustis, Griffin, Harney, Harris, Jesup, Monroe, Sand Lake, Conway, and Tohopekaliga, Some of the best neighborhoods and suburbs ,me think are Downtown Orlando ,Winter Park, Celebration, Lake Buena Vista (disney), Winter Garden, and Altamonte Springs.

The area is very well serve by the Orlando International Airport which have used, and from where my Frenchie came to marry me in 1990! Another major factor in Orlando’s growth occurred in 1962, when the new Orlando Jetport, the precursor of the present-day Orlando International Airport, was built from a portion of the McCoy Air Force Base. By 1970, four major airlines (Delta Air Lines, National Airlines, Eastern Airlines, and Southern Airways;(flew on the first 3 all gone now except Delta) were providing scheduled flights. McCoy Air Force Base officially closed in 1975, and most of it is now part of the airport. The airport still retains the former Air Force Base airport code (MCO).

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A bit of history I like on Orlando

Prior to being known by its current name, Orlando was once known as Jernigan. This name originates from the first European permanent settlers, Issac and Aaron Jernigan, cattlemen who moved from the state of Georgia , and chose the name after the protagonist in the Shakespeare play As You Like It. Prior to the arrival of Europeans in 1536, Orlando was populated by Native Americans including the Creeks. Few archaeological sites exist today except for the ruins of Fort Gatlin on Lake Gatlin south of Orlando. This fort was built in 1838 by the American army during the wars against the Seminoles, but was abandoned after the end of the Third Seminole War, Most pioneers did not arrive until after hostilities in 1850.

And the things to see oh my my loaded in Orlando !

Along the I-4 expressway, you reach the Orlando magical area, what can I say,,,The Walt Disney World resort is the area’s largest attraction with its many facets such as the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, and Disney Springs. The Walt Disney World Resort is located about 30 km from Orlando, actually by the Lake Buena Vista city area but commonly call Orlando. Perhaps the most critical event for Orlando’s economy occurred in 1965 when Walt Disney announced plans to build Walt Disney World. The vacation resort opened in October 1971.

orlando magic kingdom me and twin 1993

Others like  Universal Studios, is a multi-faceted resort comprising Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, Volcano Bay, and Universal CityWalk.,  SeaWorld is a large park that features numerous zoological displays and marine animals alongside an amusement park with roller coasters like Mako, Manta, and Kraken. The property also comprises more than one park, alongside Aquatica water park and Discovery Cove. Fun Spot Orlando is a more typical amusement parks with big thrills in a small space with roller coasters like White Lightning and Freedom Flyer. Orlando is also home to I-Drive 360 on International Drive home to The Wheel at ICON Park Orlando, Madame Tussauds, and Sealife Aquarium. Also, WonderWorks an amusement park for the mind ,and Ripley ‘s Believe it or Not ! Memories forever!!!!

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Some of the shopping centers or malls that we frequented while living there were the The Florida Mall is the largest mall in Orlando and one of the largest single-story malls in the USA . There are over 250 stores, seven anchor department stores, and the Florida Mall Hotel & Conference Center Tower. Orlando Fashion Square is located on East Colonial Drive, near Downtown Orlando. Orlando International Premium Outlets is an outdoor outlet mall with over 180 stores. Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores is a strip mall style open-air outlet center, that is located 2 miles from Walt Disney World near US-192, Orlando Premium Outlet mall, 4951 International Drive,now call Orlando Vineland, and the Pointe in I-drive.

We had many many nights out to eat , and many have closed after so many years but the most memorable one , and still open was at TGIFridays I-Drive, This one will post the webpage : https://locations.tgifridays.com/fl/orlando/8955-international-dr.html

The Orlando Tourist office on things to do : https://www.visitorlando.com/things-to-do/

The city of Orlando on transports : https://www.orlando.gov/Parking-Transportation

The Florida State tourist board on Orlando things to do : https://www.visitflorida.com/places-to-go/central/orlando/

There you go folks, even if pictures are few as in those days were not important the memories lingered forever, This is my youthful life in the Sunshine State of Florida and Orlando was a big part of it. Family came and we still went at even in my last visit in 2009 to visit my cousin who now lives there, Hope you enjoy the post and have the opportunity to visit this marvel city of Orlando, Florida.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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