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Orlando Tour For Busy Mind Thinking

For Belinda of BusyMindThinking.  Since my header shows the Orlando skyline at night, I thought I would give you a glimpse of Orlando by day.  Who doesn’t know Orlando, right?  I live in the Lake Conway area near the International Airport,  just on the edge of the downtown area of Orlando.  Not so touristy over here.  More like a small town within a big city.

This is the downtown area by day.  We have a population of about 250,000 metro and 2 mil in the surrounding areas that include the resort areas South to Longwood North.
This is the downtown area by day. We have a population of about 250,000 metro and 2 mil in the surrounding areas that include the resort areas South to Longwood North.
The flora, foliage  and flowers are fantastic here year round.
The flora, foliage and flowers are fantastic here year round.
This is my cousin's nudist resort, Cypress Cove Resort.  This is why I came to Florida 16 years ago.
This is my cousin’s nudist resort, Cypress Cove Resort. This is why I came to Florida 16 years ago.
Everyone knows Disney and Epcot, but there are many other parks here; Universal Studios and Citywalk, Islands of Adventure,, Sea World, Aquatica and Discovery Cove, The Holy Lands,  Olde Towne, Harry Potter's World, Legoland and many more...never a dull moment. Over 52 million people pass through the gates at Disney annually.
Everyone knows Disney and Epcot, but there are many other parks here; Universal Studios and Citywalk, Islands of Adventure,, Sea World, Aquatica and Discovery Cove, The Holy Lands, Olde Towne, Harry Potter’s World, Legoland and many more…never a dull moment. Over 52 million people pass through the gates at Disney annually.
The new Amway Arena draws a crowd for sporting events and music concerts
The new Amway Arena draws a crowd for sporting events and music concerts
There are literally hundreds of resorts like this one.  We have over 400,000 hotel rooms in Orlando.
There are literally hundreds of resorts like this one. We have over 400,000 hotel rooms in Orlando, and 37,000 restaurants.  That makes for a lot of traffic..
Most hotels have a water feature of some sort, like this lazy river.
Most hotels have a water feature of some sort, like this lazy river.
One of the nicest benefits to living in Central Florida is that the beach is only an hour away in either direction,  East and we have the sunrise over the Atlantic, West and we have the sunset over the Gulf.  It is fun to try to do both in one day.
One of the nicest benefits to living in Central Florida is that the beach is only an hour away in either direction, East and we have the sunrise over the Atlantic, West and we have the sunset over the Gulf. It is fun to try to do both in one day.
Good night Belinda.  I hope you enjoyed your tour!  Sorry I was so late getting this up.
Good night Belinda. I hope you enjoyed your tour! Sorry I was so late getting this up.

Going Home After the Novel

We recently went on a short vacation to North Carolina from our Florida home, which gave us the time and chance to go back through my hometown of LaGrange, Georgia, the setting of my first novel, “Red Clay and Roses”.  That first novel being factional; that is a fictional account of a true story, we were want for a little sightseeing.  We stayed in that Small Town, USA setting a couple of days and I took some photographs.  We also chanced to visit Callaway Gardens, also mentioned in the novel, and it’s lovely little chapel.  I have put together a little slideshow which the reader of my novel might compare to their imagination.  I always liked doing that; visiting a place that I have chanced to become acquainted with through a novel.  These are a few shots of the town proper and the gardens.  The azaleas and dogwood had already passed their peak when we visited, but it was a delightful journey home just the same.  When my next novel comes ready for publication, I have some shots of the orphanage that I spent time at in my youth.  I had the wonderful opportunity to go back and speak with some of the young ladies who reside there now.  I wish I could have stayed longer and gotten more photos of the places mentioned in the book, but this is what I have put together in a little slideshow:

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Whether you have read the novel or not, this gives but a glimpse into the setting.  Unfortunately, the town train depot stands no more, and there are but two tracks where there were once near a dozen.  I would have liked to have included Sybil’s apartments and the home of The Good Doctor as well as The Heart Of LaGrange Hotel, but as there are people living there now, I did not feel it appropriate.  I hope this may aid your imagination and apologize if it has hindered it.  It was a travel back in time for me.  I wrote the story on remembrances and found most of them to be accurate, though somewhat changed with time.