DAY 2 - FRIDAY 16TH MAY 2003
We wake up in the Hilton at 6:30 am after a reasonable nights sleep.
This is the first REAL day of our holiday because we will arrive in Orlando today.
Our flight is not until 12:30 so we have some time to relax. Down to the health club for a display by the Stringer synchronised splashing team. The pool is a reasonable size and the facilities are good.
On to breakfast
which we get free as part of the room cost. There is a good range
available including cereals, fruit, Continental and English
Back to the room where we pack our overnight bag.
now 9:00 am and we have been swimming, had breakfast and are now
ready to head out for the airport. What are we going to do for
the next 3 and a half hours? The horrible possibility of a
shopping spree begins to creep into the darkest recesses of my
Across the walkway to the airport and we walk past the Virgin check-in desk to gloat at the people waiting in line. We are shocked to see that there is no queue at all! And they got to miss Mr Grumpy!
And so it
Accessorize Oh, I just need to pop in
here. Boots Oh, I just need to pop in
here. Monsoon Oh, I just need to pop in
Much more of this and Ill be doing some popping of my own. Is steam coming out of your ears a sign that you are relaxed and ready for a 9 hour flight?
Through to the
departure lounge where the pain continues.
A watch for India, a comic for Georgia and perfume for Tam. Ill admit that I get some aftershave (Burberry London) so I cant complain really.
The flight boards on time and Tam is lucky enough to have the full search. They even make her take her shoes off. That must be a lovely job, searching peoples smelly shoes.
We take off on
time and an hour or so in I watch my first film, Chicago. What is
it with musicals on flights to Florida? Last time I watched
Moulin Rouge. I half expect to see the flight attendants to break
into song and dance. Mind you, if they looked like Catherine Zeta
Jones (Douglas?) in stockings, this would not be an altogether
I have to say that I think that Moulin Rouge is the better movie, although Chicago is pleasant enough and must be something special to see on-stage.
The second film
is Catch Me If You Can. Now that is my sort of film. I like Tom
Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio is excellent in the lead role. Just
shows what you can get away with if you have enough front.
Its the same approach Ive been in trip report writing
I have also just discovered that Virgin have one audio channel playing nothing but Clash songs. Now THATS cool.
The flight is very good and we land in MCO 30 minutes early at 4:00pm. I seem to be able to put up with the flight much more easily than I used to. Perhaps it is because I am getting used to it. I ought to be, this is our 9th time!
dont go entirely smoothly from this point on. Firstly the
added security checks add a few minutes and then we have to wait
for our luggage at the second baggage reclaim. Two of the cases
come quite quickly, but the third fails to turn up. In the end
there are about 4 families left waiting for a suitcase each. The
worst thing of all is that its the suitcase containing all
MY clothes thats missing! I have visions of me wearing the
clothes that Im standing in for the next 2 weeks. I would
still look devastatingly attractive of course, I just
wouldnt smell so good.
To a huge sigh of relief the case finally turns up and we head off to find Happy Limo. They are nowhere to be found, but a nice chap that works for the airport rings them for us and they say they will be there shortly.
The girls still
dont know we are going in a stretch Limo. As it pulls up I
say Wouldnt it be nice to go in something like that
one day?. Nods of approval from India and Georgia.
Well, todays that day. The girls faces are a
Chris from Happy Limo takes care of all the luggage and insists on opening and closing the door for us.
We eventually pull away from the airport 2 hours after landing. I dont care really. Im on holiday.
.. its so big it would even contain MY ego!
Now THIS is definitely the way to travel! Cold beer, cool rock and space to spare. The journey to the Radisson at Port Canaveral goes too quickly. Chris lets us check in and then drives us round to our room.
First impressions of the Radisson are that its nice. As Tam says, a couple of years ago we would have said that its wonderful, but we have been so spoiled by the DVC that nice is all we can manage.
The bags are
dropped off and its straight to the pool for the girls to
have a splash. They are holding up very well considering it is
now midnight UK time.
The pool has a rock formation over it with a stone panther stood on top. I look up to see the strange sight of a bird sat on the panthers head. Ive never seen that before even in my more surreal drunken moments.
Back to the room where we change and head out to the restaurant next door. Its called Kelseys and is an Italian place. Im too tired to report exactly what we had to eat, but it included a pitcher of beer and came to $45 with tip. Not bad at all. I have to admit shamefacedly that Tam produces an excellent effort on the beer front. At one time she is in front of me by nearly a full glass. However, this is not a sprint and I have caught up by the end.
asleep straight after she has eaten, so its time to head
back to the room and into bed by 9:30 pm.
When asked to comment on the day India says The Limo was great and Georgia says Night night.
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