2015 Trip 1, Feb. 22-23, Florida in Winter

Orlando, FL Sunday and Monday, Feb. 22-23

The last two days we did what many Northerners long to do when they come to Florida; lay under the sun by some water. We have been in Florida for three weeks and the last two days were the first two days of sunbathing weather. Fortunately, we were still at the Hilton Grand Vacation Club site in Orlando which afforded great pools and lounging areas.

Our building at HGVC-Tuscany Village Orlando

Our building at HGVC-Tuscany Village Orlando

Sunday we started the day with 9:30 Mass at Mary Queen of the Universe basilica, which was right across from the Hilton property. When we first came to Orlando with the girls in the mid-1980s, we stayed at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Mass at that time was held in the luau area of the resort. Over the years, Mass in hotels needed to be replaced with a church for vacationers. Mary Queen of the Universe Basilica, consecrated in 1993, can seat 2000.

Sunday afternoon was at the pool, with hamburgers grilled pool side. The temperature hit the low 80s. Monday began cloudy and cooler but by noon it had warmed up again and the skies, while sometimes cloudy, were generally fair and the temperature again hit the low 80s. We spent the afternoon Monday poolside also.

Our sojourn in Orlando ended tonight with dinner at B.B. King Orlando, a restaurant featuring a house band playing the blues and a southern style menu. The food was good, the music good and it was a pleasant way to end this portion of Trip 1. Three weeks down and five weeks to go.

Ed and Chris Feb. 23 10 pm

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