Posted in Florida 2012

13th March 2012 (Day 2): Chilling

Hawthorn Suites
Hawthorn Suites

So a few more words about the Hawthorn Suites where we stayed. It’s a good value hotel but some of it is a bit basic.  The general decor is a little tired and maybe in need of a little update but the staff were really friendly and for the price it is really good value for money.  I have read that the hotel is due to be rennovated in the next 12 months which would be good but hopefully wont affect the price too much. The hotel is just off International Drive, just down Sandlake Road, and would be a short walk to the restaurants on I-Drive, although we always drove I will confess.  As with everything in the US, you drive everywhere. There is a complimentary breakfast each morning which is cereals and a couple of hot dishes (eggs, sausage or bacon etc).  Nothing fancy but it is free and we used it a few times when we wanted to get something quickly before going out for the day. We had a twin queen room, so you get a bedroom, living area with dining table and small kitchen area and separate bathroom.  This worked well for us as it meant we could put Rosemary to bed and then stay up a bit longer ourselves.

Hawthorn Suites
Hawthorn Suites

Our bedroom included a small child.

Hawthorn Suites
Hawthorn Suites

Kitchen including the banana thief.

Hawthorn Suites
Hawthorn Suites

Our room overlooked the swimming pool which was nice. We wanted a quiet day to start our trip so decided to go to breakfast at Perkins and then head to Walmart to stock up on food and snacks, nappies and such like.

Then went to the outlet stores and see what was available.  Started off at the Vineland Avenue stores.  Not very much unfortunately and some of the reductions weren’t very good.  Just got a few things here and there, the Timberland store had the best offers I think.  In one store they had a $100+ pair of trainers reduced by 60c.  What a bargain! Mainly things bought for Rosemary really as the children’s clothes were where the best offers were. So not as successful as we’ve had in the past.

We went to dinner on International Drive at the Ming Court restaurant on International Drive. Which was quite nice.  Food was OK, but portions were much bigger than really needed for 1 person and Julia’s food was a bit cold when it came out.  Rosemary enjoyed her’s which was a nice box with various things in it. The decor was quite cool with a huge Chinese dragon on ceiling and Chinese roofs  throughout the restaurant.

Ming Court
Ming Court
Ming Court
Ming Court
Ming Court
Ming Court
Ming Court
Ming Court
Ming Court
Ming Court

Enjoying the Fortune Cookies.

Ming Court
Ming Court
Ming Court
Ming Court

So nice quiet day and getting used to the temperature (mid 20’s oC) and overcoming the jetlag.

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