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Florida | Tuesday to Friday

Now I'm home and back to work again (albeit in a new job!) my holiday feels like a distant memory so it's nice to be doing this post about the last few days of the holiday as it's made it feel a bit fresher in my mind.  It's such a strange part of being away isn't it? I'm beginning to be convinced that plane journeys eat away at not only your tan (how does that happen?) but a bit of your brain too! Feels like about a month ago I was there rather than last week.

On the Tuesday of last week we went to Cocoa Beach on the Central East Coast of Florida, about an hour's drive from the hotel.  Tom (boyfriend) and Tom (brother) wanted to go surfing and I wanted to lay like broccoli and read my Kindle.  You are probably beginning to get an idea from the photos below how well that plan went! Whilst they got their surfboards I spread out my towel, smothered myself in Hawaiian Tropic, lay back to enjoy the sunshine and the heavens opened.  I got absolutely soaked, not to mention covered in sand and with all my clothes wet and the Tom's returned to find me taking refuge under a tiny beach umbrella.  It brightened up for a little while before the clouds below swept in and the real storm began.  It was actually really eerie - you can see from the photos that the beach cleared, the lifeguards packed up, even the birds left! And there were all these beach umbrellas blowing around (made my way swiftly away from them, don't fancy being speared by a storm-force beach umbrella!) That's my brother in the fourth picture making his way out of the sea with his beginners' surfboard (it was his first time).  As the winds picked up and it started torrentially raining it was actually quite frightening and the boys had to really fight to get their surfboards back to the car as they were being buffeted by the winds.  I was definitely glad to be home and dry that day!

cocoa beach in a storm

cocoa beach in a storm


foam board


We had actually decided against going to Magic Kingdom as none of the men were particularly fussed, but on the Tuesday evening they were having a 'Not so scary Halloween party' where the entry was about £40 for the evening and there were parades, fireworks and trick or treating, and we decided that would be a fun thing to do.  I have to say that it was actually brilliant - compared to Universal Studios their attention to detail is amazing and it was so beautiful seeing the place all lit up at night, as well as the extra things they'd done for Halloween like glowing pumpkins and scarecrows etc.  There was a parade of all the Disney villains (as well as all of the classic characters) which was absolutely brilliant.  The fireworks display was later on in the evening and the show was incredible, there were literally hundreds of fireworks.  Around the park there were also designated 'trick or treat' spots where you could get a handful of 'candy', needless to say I queued for quite a few of those! That's my trick or treat bag in the instagram photo.... it was mostly children queuing but I never miss out on an opportunity for free sweets! 

not so scary halloween party


disney halloween



On the last day evening we went to the restaurant that was on-site at the resort, which was what they call a Hibachi-style restaurant (apparently really called teppenyaki, so says Wikipedia), where the table surrounds an iron plate and the chef cooks your food in front of you.  Has anyone else ever been to a restaurant like this?  I thought it was amazing and really theatrical.  Tom and I shared a steak/chicken combo which was about £18 each and there was so much food - we started with an onion soup, then a salad, then the chef cooked the rice, then shrimps, and then lots of vegetables, steak and chicken.  It was absolute delicious and such a great experience.

The first picture is me before the dinner; it was getting dark so it looks like the flash came on, I don't really have a shiny face (it's really not the most flattering photo of me generally but oh well!)

dress: Missguided | boots: boohoo.com

hibachi style cooking

And then of course on Friday we flew home - it was a night flight and I only managed to sleep for about an hour and to be honest I've been absolutely shattered ever since!  I can't remember having jet lag from coming back from America before but it has killed me this time, I am exhausted!  I started in a new job on Monday so I'm now settling into that and really enjoying being home.  I am still catching up on lots of blog reading so sorry if I've been absent from commenting/reading recently, I'll be back! :)


17 comments

  1. Your pictures are amazing! Love the stormy beach ones - sorry it messed up your sunbathing plan though.
    Erm...never before have I wanted to go to Magic Kingdom so much! It looks soooo cool!
    Glad you're enjoying your new job :)
    x

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  2. I love tepinyaki restaurants! but I love the picture with the birds fleeing even more!
    Glad rain wasn't too much of a dampener (haw haw hawwwww) on your trip, and sometimes the nights you don't plan are the best!!

    Enjoy the new Job! xxx

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  3. So jealous that you went to the Magic Kingdom. I am constantly begging everyone in my life to take me to Disneyland Paris (I fear they'll definitely say no to Florida, Paris I have a chance with). I'd be with you queuing up for the sweets!xx

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  4. I had a right ole nosey at your snaps on facey.. They're lovely. It's always so so magical, I've not been to florida for aaaaages!
    Love your dress lady, the colour looks super fab on you! Also good luck in your new job, you'll aaaace it!xx

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  5. I'd love to go surfing. I have hinted to Jonathan that I'd like lessons one day but I doubt he will remember :)

    I have only ever been to Florida in March, April or May when the weather is sunny. It was a shame it was rainy for you :( Especially on the beach!

    Magic Kingdom at night sounds ace! If I went round Halloween time I'd be far too scared about the really scary stuff, but I'd be fine at Magic Kingdom. It sounds brilliant!

    x

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  6. Fantastic photos, it does look super eerie, like a location out of a Stephen King book.
    I've always wanted to experience a proper American storm, probably the same part of me that always wanted to be a tornado chaser as a kid. ;)

    I have never liked Disney, even as a kid, but I've got to say it does look magical! Some friends and I have planned to go when we're 30, I guess everyone should go once in their life?

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  7. CANDY!

    Amazing photos Rosie, I am rather jealous! x

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  8. Your photos are amazing, I love the one with the birds!

    Last year Craig & I went to Disney's Halloween party and had the BEST time! We dressed up as zombies (photos here: http://www.eversojuliet.com/2011/10/65-florida-holiday.html) cause I'd read that they encouraged fancy dress and couldn't resist the opportunity going round Disney looking like a ghoul! Such a good night - a few kids took photos of us too, which was super cute.

    Glad you had fun, have really enjoyed your holiday updates xx

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  9. Oh no, what a dramatic trip to the beach! Hope you managed to get some Kindle reading done in the dry instead.

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  10. Your beach photos are amazing - so dramatic! Really jealous of the Disney Halloween party, it sounds like you had a wonderful time :)

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  11. I love having a nosy at your photos Rosie, your posts are always the best <3 Disney looked especially amazing, I'd love to be there at halloween or christmas time! I have been to a teppanyaki restaurant before, it is amazing and when you end up in glasgow and staying with me for a weekend (one day, it will happen!!) I will take you there :) xxx

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  12. Sounds like a wonderful holiday. My friend just came back from Florida and she had a great time too :)
    Your blog is lovely by the way, think I'll stick around for nosey!

    le fresne x

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  13. Nice pics, some are very impressive what a scary storm !

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  14. Great post^^I love your blog :)

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  15. Amazing photos! I am about to post some pictures of the firework show at Disneyland Paris but sadly haven't managed to capture it as well as you (bozo camera!).

    Lauren
    scarecrowsdonttalk.blogspot.com

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  16. Teppenyaki restaurants are great. It shows you the skills of the chef and their creativity as well. Plus the food is delicious!

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