I like to travel to Orlando from my local airport, Birmingham, via Dublin where it is possible to go through Homeland Security and then arrive in Orlando as a domestic passenger. Interestingly in Dublin airport I couldn't buy a bacon sandwich but I could order a portion of bacon and two slices of toast. So I asked them not to toast the toast and voila I made myself a bacon sandwich.
On my first day I spent some time resting and taking photos of Kenny & Betsy's garden for a project later in the year. This is the mango tree in flower. Then I went shopping. Michaels and JoAnn's of course.
During the afternoon Betsy & I went to get our nails done.
On Thursday I went to a hairdresser recommended by several friends. Here you can see the before and after. I was expecting it to be more radical. Plus to be honest the after photo doesn't do it justice.
On Friday I made my way to Cocoa Beach where the getaway was based at the Hilton Hotel. I had time before it started to walk along the beach. It was a very hot day and I foolishly did not take any water with me. I thought I might be able to get a better photo of the rocket being launched from Cape Canaveral if I got closer to the pier. Wrong! Plus it turned out to be 2.5 miles - each way! I was exhausted by the time I got back to the hotel.
And the photos - well I'll leave you to be the judge! They certainly wouldn't win any prizes.
I stayed an extra night at the hotel and went for a much more sensible walk through the park next to the hotel and back along the beach.
In the evening I went with friends to a Japanese restaurant where the chef cooks your dinner in front of you. The chef was quite an actor!
The next morning I got up early - well early-ish! It was about 6.50am to watch the sunrise.
The pelicans came to share the view.
After I checked out I went to the Waffle House to get breakfast. However everyone else in Cocoa Beach had the same idea so there were no available tables and quite a queue. I decided to drive back towards Palm Bay and hopefully find somewhere for breakfast.
And I did - at one of my favourite places. Squid Lips in Eau Gallie.
And here are my pancakes.
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