PHOTOGRAPHY: Going Universal

It was more difficult to focus on taking pictures in Orlando, Florida. We were busy with theme parks and shopping and the occasional golf. Also, there are only so many photos you can take of roller coaster rides before you lose inspiration. Anyway, I have some pretty good moments captured. Here we go…

 

How tall are we and which rides can we go on??

How tall are we and which rides can we go on??

Numerous options...fun, fun, fun

Numerous options…fun, fun, fun

 

Coming in rejoicing :-)

Coming in rejoicing 🙂

 

You are SCARY, Mr Megatron

You are SCARY, Mr Megatron

That’s a wrap! Now back to the cold reality of normal daily life 😛

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HOLIDAY: Chicago, Florida, here I come

My last awaited holiday is finally here. I’m off to Chicago this week and I’m really excited! I’ve spent most of this weekend doing my hair, nails etc. It’s vital to look good on holiday, right?

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Photo Credit: Yekemi Otaru

We’ll probably do a couple of days of Disney (for the boys, adrenaline is not really my thing *control issues*) and shopping (yay!). I have my little list and I plan to stick to it …eek!

We’ve been to Chicago for a wedding once before but not as tourists so if anyone has any recommendations for sight seeing and shopping, please drop a comment – thanks! I would like to take shots of the architecture and perhaps try street photography if I can get complete strangers on the streets to let me take their photo (wish me luck)… Tips valuable here too.

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Photo Credit: Timi Ejiofoh

The thought of taking my eyes of the ball and relaxing for a few days is relaxing in itself.

Expect a couple of great shots as I’ll be sure to put my best attempts here.
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Three cities, one country: The people & places series (3)

The Dixie Cups at the New Orleans Jazz & Herit...

The Dixie Cups at the Jazz Festival (2006) in New Orleans, Image via Wikipedia

We try to go to Disneyland, Florida every other year. The first year we went, my son was a year old so the trip was really for his dad. Every other trip since then has become better and better for father and son. I’m not a thrillseeker and I absolutely HATE rollcoasters. Call me a control freak but I just can’t cope with that speed and no hand breaks. I’m sweating just thinking about it. My head kept telling me, ‘Jump! Save yourself!’ And I have to untell it and say, ‘No! Stay! Save yourself!’ Oh dear.

Last year though, we took a chance and went to three cities in the US. It was a big risk because with two young children, I expected to have a headache, a backache and a cracked voice by the end of it all. But I really enjoyed it! We went to Florida, New York and New Orleans. Each city was special and gave me a real insight into people, life and the art of holidaymaking. Finally we had gone on a holiday that was a winner for father, mother and the kids. I describe each city in a few lines.

New Orleans

The most delicious food in the world! Incredibly tasting. We attended the Jazz fest as well- it was like music to my ears. The strangest thing I’ve ever seen is here too- Graves above the ground and ghost-like trees hanging over them. I’m told that the ground is so water-logged, dead bodies will float away with the sea if buried in the ground. Eek!

New York

I loved the style and energy in this city (a little too expensive for me though). The history of hardwork and film was rich. And taking a tour through Broadway? Priceless. Seeing the excitement and smiles on my husband’s face was enough to make it one of the best trips ever.

Florida

Even though I’m not into rollcoasters, I did enjoy the 3D shows and watching my kids laugh and play. But most of all, I LOVE to shop in Florida. Fantastic shopping exists at Florida Mall and Prime outlet. So. it’s credit card heaven. After hiding my money in New York, I happily used it up in Florida. No regrets…..until I got home to the UK and found the exchange rates had skyrocketed (sweat sweat)!!

This marks the end of my People & Places series, which was a joy to write. Thanks for reading!

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