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  • Universal_Orlando_Resort
    Beware as some hotels do not provide shuttles at all and taking a taxi around Orlando is very expensive and there are great distances between parks. Universal has no official conveyances, so you are dependent on your hotel providing a shuttle or giving you a contact to book one yourself. (I chose to stay atMore
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    I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo. Unless you stay inside the Disneyworld complex - which, of course, being as tight-fisted about money as I am I would never do unless I gotMore
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    Harry Potter World’s Dragon Challenge Unless you are an extreme sports participant and think having your brain rattled around in your skull for an unbearably long five minutes while alternately hoping you don’t die while secretly thinking it might be preferable to enduring this ride for another second...is a really great idea...DON’T GO ON THISMore
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    SLO to Santa Barbara is pretty easy shot down the coast road. It’s a nice town, but the real attraction for me is the Magellan travel goods store. http://www.magellans.com/ I’d been lusting after their goodies for a few years now as I get their weekly e-newsletter but they don’t ship to Australia, so it wasMore
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    I had actually not planned to visit Hearst Castle. I had seen so many travel shows featuring it that I thought I could happily miss it. But then something happened... The fog cleared as soon as I started to come down into San Simeon, the local town that grew up around the property. Looking atMore
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    Morning in Monterey brought the thickest pea-soup fog I’ve seen outside of London. It covered the whole coast all the way down to San Simeon where Hearst Castle is. I know I’ve been to Carmel-on-sea, but I couldn’t see any of it! Bizarrely, the previous night was perfect with clear skies and a gorgeous sunset.More
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    Leaving San Luis Obispo, driving through very dry and extremely beige landscapes, I stopped for breakfast at the Denny’s in King City an hour & a half later. As this is the United States and there is no monarchy, I enquired where the King came from. Apparently Charles King back in the 1880s was aMore
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    Arriving in LAX after a sleepless night flight from Sydney, getting into a hire car and navigating the streets of LA armed with a printed Google map to find the Best Buy to pick up the GPS I have bought weeks before was a challenging way to start my three-day LA-Monterey-Laguna Beach trip along theMore
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    It seemed like such a good idea... Hire a car in England for a week and visit all the ‘off the beaten track’ villages I had been missing when travelling on trains and buses. Then I got the GPS and it all went pear-shaped pretty quickly! My rental rep set it to shortest route, noMore