The Sunshine State really is a happy place. Before we left, I had a really hard time wrapping my head around the fact that I was leaving a cold place, and would step off the plane in a hot place (there's a first time for everything right?) and then when when it came time to come back to Canada, it was just as hard for me to understand that there would be snow on the ground. In fact, we landed in a snow-storm. It was actually poetic when the entire airplane groaned at the Stewardess' joke about "watching your step disembarking from the plane, there's snow on the step."
There were many highlights to the trip, including the seasonal high temperatures. It was funny watching the weather channel and seeing the rest of North America in the blue and green, and then Florida completely red. As soon as I got a chance, I bought a pair of pink sandals. At the beginning of the week we went to Blizzard Beach - which is one of Disney's parks and it's theme is a snowy Swiss Alp (ironic I know).
And the ocean is warm! I had no idea! I got to put my feet in the water in Cocoa Beach and I felt a bit like a kid, wondering at the under-toe pulling at me. And, and, and when we were on the Kennedy Space Centre tour, I saw a dolphin.
We had one of the best meals of the trip at Prato in Winter Park, an Orlando borough. We ended up there after Meg from Pink O'Clock told us that we had to visit her hometown! And seriously Winter Park is probably beautiful at any time of the year, but it was decorated top to bottom for Christmas. I'm not exaggerating when I say the main street was probably the most idyllic downtown I've ever seen. Prato was such a good recommendation too - the food was incredible. It's always cool to visit a place and have the opportunity to see it through the eyes of a someone who grew up there.
So all in all, I have so many good things to say about Sunshine. And Family vacations. And blogger-friend recommendations.