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Karl
01-08-2012, 10:35 AM
More pics than words as I have a bit of real work to do in the office at the moment

Having done the Orlando thing a few years ago, we thought we'd try to experience another side of Florida, a more laid back side, on the Mexican Gulf. So we rented a Villa, a car, and a boat for a few days.

Having experienced the hell that is a non-direct flight on our last trip, this time was to be a 9 hour direct flight from Düsseldorf to Fort Myers, much better. As luck would have it the plane was pretty new and we all had our own screen with a wide selection of films etc. Great stuff.


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Arriving at Fort Myers airport was way less hassle at immigration than the mess that is Orlando.

The Villa had the key in an outside keybox. Enter the code, collect the key and in you go, that is, unless the owner of the Villa changes the keycode and doesn't inform you. I could have murdered lots of people at that particular moment in time.

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In, at last

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Mr. Sexybeast got his Chevvy Traverse again

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The next morning, breakfast at Denny's, well, it wouldbe rude not to

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Then off to Fort Myers for a wander around...

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Karl
01-08-2012, 10:37 AM
This chap became a daily visitor to our Villa, feck knows what he wanted but it wasn't bread?


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Budweiser plays havoc with your bowels...



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The Sanibel Causeway, stunning


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Driving onto Sanibel Island, quite the Postcard picture...


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Sanibel's shell beaches are something else, if a little sharp to walk on!


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Lots of Turtle nests


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Funny little spiders by our pool, Crabspiders, apparently


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Karl
01-08-2012, 10:38 AM
Right, let's take the Tamiami trail and drive to Miami





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Straight through the Everglades...





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Near some nasty young men....





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Along a very long straight road, under a rather dark sky...





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'Karl, go and stand by that pond' hmmm





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Welcome to Miami





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The Hotel...





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The view at reception





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The view from the room

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Art Deco bald patch





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Sunrise from the room





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Karl
01-08-2012, 10:39 AM
Next up was a quick dash back to the Villa for the evening and then off to Orlando for a few days of hell.





Rather than blatt up the motorway we took some smaller roads to see the real Florida as it were, quite an eye opener compared to the affluent tourist areas!!





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Whilst in Orlando, we went bowling in the evening which was a great laugh. Well, until I started asking some black hoodz to show me their guns and were the no-go areas were in Orlando, then Claire and the kids started to get a little bit worried. In my defence, I was a tad pissed





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Then two days at Universal bla bla bla bla...





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Karl
01-08-2012, 10:40 AM
Back on the road again, spinners anybody?

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Oooh, look, Daddy's hired a little speedboat....





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Yes yes, I know, I should have tried harder at school





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Under the Causeway and out to the Gulf of Mexico...





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Pretty cool stuff..






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Visitors on the way back into shore

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Karl
01-08-2012, 10:48 AM
The biggest forklift truck, ever???
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Some of the Villas were a bit, err, posh…



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Everglades



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That’s it folks, hope you enjoyed it, we did. Would wego back? In a heartbeat J

Karl
01-08-2012, 10:48 AM
Sorry about some of the broken links, I've tried to fix them, but I can't :karl:

Dan
01-08-2012, 10:56 AM
Do you only own one pair of shorts?

Karl
01-08-2012, 10:57 AM
Nope, but the other one was in the wash :lol:

Tim
01-08-2012, 10:58 AM
:thumb:

I spent a week in that part of Florida when I was about 13 I think, really nice part of the world. We did the everglades and all that kind of stuff.

I do enjoy Orlando, but it isn't America really, well, not as I know it now.

Simon
01-08-2012, 10:58 AM
Looks blooming fab :thumb:. Nice one, Karl :veryhappy:

Gary Kinghorn
01-08-2012, 11:06 AM
Looking forward to looking at this properly later as we have just booked for Oct next year :thumb:

Karl
01-08-2012, 11:10 AM
Looking forward to looking at this properly later as we have just booked for Oct next year :thumb:

Whereabouts, Gary?

Ollie_247
01-08-2012, 11:19 AM
we did the local rodeo in florida one year and out on the everglades at night is amazing.

Nige
01-08-2012, 11:48 AM
Sorry about some of the broken links, I've tried to fix them, but I can't :karl:

Fixed :thumb:

Looks like you had a fantastic time !

Karl
01-08-2012, 11:52 AM
Fixed :thumb:

Looks like you had a fantastic time !

Cheers, Nige.

We had a fantastic time, personally speaking, it knocked spots off Orlando. Although Claire and the kids might not agree :wink:

Floyd
01-08-2012, 11:56 AM
I enjoyed your updates on my phone but the 'puter pics look even better :thumb: They are good holidays :thumb:

Nige
01-08-2012, 12:01 PM
Having seen you after a few beers, I can imagine your conversation with those guys when you were bowling :rolf:

Chris D
01-08-2012, 12:45 PM
Awesome. Followed this on FB and it looks like you had a great time :thumb:

I had a short stopover in Miami when I went to Belize. Would love to go back.

Weeman
01-08-2012, 12:45 PM
What's the french for De ja Vu?

I seem to have seen these pictures before, weirdly while you were still on fcuking holiday!!!!:loser:

Karl
01-08-2012, 12:49 PM
What's the french for De ja Vu?

I seem to have seen these pictures before, weirdly while you were still on fcuking holiday!!!!:loser:

These pictures were all from Claire's camera, and not posted on Fartbook. So do one, Feldman:loser:

Weeman
01-08-2012, 12:52 PM
My facebook has actually been quieter since you got back. Loser

Karl
01-08-2012, 12:54 PM
Claire's the loser, get your facts straight:lol:

Weeman
01-08-2012, 12:56 PM
Claire I can forgive, you were on just about as much *shakes head*

Karl
01-08-2012, 12:57 PM
Can't wait to see you not posting all of your cute likkle baby pics :loser:

Weeman
01-08-2012, 01:02 PM
I'll be still working though and at home, not sat in a country in the sun 1000's of miles away, that I've paid Thousands to visit while talking to the same losers I talk to everyday on the internet. :wave:

Karl
01-08-2012, 01:11 PM
Each to their own, Weeman. Maybe you should consider shacking up with AGT, I reckon you'd make a very happy couple :wink:

Oh and I nearly forgot, we also found out where Lucky gets his clothes from :lol:

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slidersguesthouse
01-08-2012, 05:21 PM
cool pic mate glad you had fun

sannibel island is lovely really enjoyed the day I spent there

Gary Kinghorn
01-08-2012, 05:46 PM
Whereabouts, Gary?

This is us :thumb: It's in the middle of 'Old Town'

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Emma and I went a few years back and went down the Everglades etc. This time we will do some parks with the kids, plus some other bits and bobs :thumb:

Joel
01-08-2012, 06:17 PM
Florida; it's more than just an alligator-infested swamp.








But only just.

Floyd
01-08-2012, 06:55 PM
Loads to do there if you have the cash. There's also too much great food!!!!

orsonbuggy
02-08-2012, 10:33 AM
Great pics, Karl - good to see you had a great time :thumb:

That pic of you by the pond in the everglades - I remember doing that and thinkin' "where's that 'gaitor" :happy:

Rory
03-08-2012, 10:00 PM
Great report Karl, it was action-packed. :thumb:
Looked like y'all had a cracking holiday in the sunshine state.

Though I'm disgusted that there were no pics of you airborne at the wheel of the speedboat...
loser!

RichW
05-08-2012, 05:31 PM
Thanks for sharing - looks like a really nice place to go :thumb: