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Category: "America 2008"

05/29/08

  11:37:23 am, Categories: America 2008
We got up early, checked out the hotel and took our car to the Alamo rental station, where we got on a shuttle bus to the airport terminal. First we had a short flight to Atlanta, where we had a connecting flight of 9 hours to Brussels. We arrived early… more »

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  11:33:47 am, Categories: America 2008
Quite a long ride today to the farthest point South in the USA that is reachable by car: Key West. It is reached over many bridges between the small islands of the Keys. It was a long drive but it had very beautiful scenery. But at Key West itself it… more »

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  11:31:31 am, Categories: America 2008
Our last National Park on this trip, the Everglades. The Everglades are very large, and is actually a huge almost dry river bed. It features many animals like alligators, herons, turtles, etc. Our first stop was at an alligator farm which also had… more »

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  11:23:26 am, Categories: America 2008
Today we drove to Miami, in particular, Miami Beach, where we stayed at the Hotel Marseilles. It has small pool but was right at the beach and had a small sand garden with palm trees and hammocks. We stayed some time on the beach and went to drink a… more »

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  11:20:32 am, Categories: America 2008
Today we went to SeaWorld. SeaWorld is like a zoo combined with a family park. It's many water animals and live shows with animals but also has some theme park features like roller coasters and the likes. They had two wonderful shows with dolphins and… more »

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  11:20:16 am, Categories: America 2008
It was an hour drive eastward, to Kennedy Space Center, also known as Cape Canaveral or just The Cape. It's located on an long-stretched island that sticks out of Florida. Although the space center is located here, it is also a natural park with even… more »

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05/20/08

  10:17:47 am, Categories: America 2008
Today was our last very long drive, 6 hours to Orlando. It was very warm when we arrived in Orlando and to our surprise, our hotel had been bought by another hotel chain ;p. It originally was a Best Western, but now it was an EconoLodge hotel ;p. But… more »

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  10:08:06 am, Categories: America 2008
Today we are leaving our lovely chalet behind and had a 6 hour drive to Atlanta. We're actually just passing through as we're only staying here for one night. We arrived in the early afternoon and decided to go visit the Coca-Cola Museum. Coca-cola… more »

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  09:51:32 am, Categories: America 2008
I wasn't feeling too well today and we had a long hike ahead of us, so I stayed at the chalet and do a bit of the laundry, washing up and putting out the garbage. The other three went on a 5 mile hike called "Alum Cave Trail" which took them to quite… more »

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  12:32:59 am, Categories: Anime, America 2008
I was in Orlando on my last trip to America and was looking to buy some anime-related things. I did a google search to find some shops and found a forum where they talked about a shop near Florida Mall called Bad Apple Comics. It's actually an American… more »

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Comment from: Itachi ^-^
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Thanks!
This will help loads When i go to Florida!

10/21/08 @ 10:19
Comment from: Malin

Yeah, thanks. Where was that florida mall?

08/02/09 @ 16:00
Comment from: animewarrior
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Thanks so much! I’m going to Disney World… >> next week… ^^ and I wanted to get some anime when I was there. Florida Mall it is then.

09/15/09 @ 13:39
Comment from: Shaphat

I´m going to Orlando too and I will stay at Florida Mall Hotel. When I went there last time I went to F.Y.E too n bought some FMA DVDs there, for Manga I prefer Waldenbooks, that´s the library in the Mall, it has a lot of manga to choose from.I also went to Hot Topic, you can find Anime T-shirts and some random anime stuff there.Another Book Store Barnes & Noble is across the mall and you can also find lots of manga there. If you go to the Amusement Parks I suggest you visit Epcot, in the Japan Area you will find a store that sells stuff like Kimonos,anime DVDs,naruto cosplay stuff, candys, etc..

12/14/09 @ 23:40
Comment from: Marie
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Thank you! And also thank you Shaphat I was able to find lots of anime and manga shops :D

12/27/09 @ 21:55
Comment from: Naruto
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Thank you!

01/30/10 @ 23:59
Comment from: Matthew Webber
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Will check these out! Also of possible interest is Sci-Fi City (on Colonial Drive at the very eastern-most tip of Orlando) and if you visit EPCOT, try the department store in the Japanese Pavilion - it varies, but it often stocks a few kits and toys. I once saw some Lupin 3 figures there and they often stock Gundam kits.

10/31/10 @ 11:49

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05/19/08

  10:35:45 am, Categories: America 2008
Today we have another long ride to the Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. 4 hours of driving and 4 hours back on one day. When we arrived there just after noon we were surprised to see that Kentucky has 2 time zones and that the Mammoth Cave was in… more »

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  10:35:39 am, Categories: America 2008
We woke up in our chalet and saw a wonderful view when we looked outside the windows. Now we could also see how our surroundings looked like. Many trees and a few neighbors, but the whole hill was covered with vacation houses. Our chalet was completely… more »

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  10:35:32 am, Categories: America 2008
Today will be our longest trip by car being about 10 hours to drive from Washington DC to our private chalet near the Smokey Mountains. While doing this long trip we drove through our first National Park of this trip, Shenandoah National park. This… more »

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05/12/08

  10:06:47 pm, Categories: America 2008
There are pictures for day 3, have a look :) more »

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05/11/08

  10:16:16 pm, Categories: America 2008
We dropped off Nick at Six Flags Magic Mountain and went back to Philadelphia to check out the historic center. This is the birthplace of the United States of America where the Declaration of Independence was written and signed and has many old restored… more »

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Comment from: Timothy

Awelawel, ik ben eens benieuwd naar jullie verhalen als jullie terug zijn. Hou jullie goed ginder!

Groetjes,
Timothy

05/16/08 @ 10:12

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  04:53:20 am, Categories: America 2008
Today we went back to the States, our first real long ride, about 6+ hours. Therefore, we arrived quite late in Philadelphia, so we just had a quick look at the nearest district and had something to eat. We will visit the historic center tomorrow. more »

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05/03/08

  10:00:17 pm, Categories: America 2008
Today we went to have a visit to Toronto, about an hour drive into Canada. It has a few large shopping centers and also the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Rogers Center, and the CN Tower. The CN Tower is still the largest tower in the world at 553m. We didn't… more »

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  09:49:37 pm, Categories: America 2008
Early out of bed to take the airport taxi back to the airport. Our clock timer just went off at 5h30 and 15 minutes later the phone rang that our Jamaican taxi driver had already arrive (45 minutes early ;p). So we were in a kind of rush to get ready.… more »

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Comment from: tessie

cewl van chance gesproken seg;-) eerst ne sjieken auto en dan nog een jacuzzi in de kamer;-)

thx for the fotokez tot zover al;-)
Hopelijk al wa beter weer daar?

Groetjes!
Tess

05/04/08 @ 12:26

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  09:09:36 pm, Categories: America 2008
It takes quite some time to walk through Central Park as it is quite big. After just a few minutes you don't really have the feeling you are in a big city full of skyscrapers. It even has a zoo and a big lake (and several small ones). We went to check… more »

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04/29/08

  11:15:04 am, Categories: America 2008
First thing we did was go to the Empire State Building. Fortunately it was not very busy and we didn't have to wait in line very long. The view was of course magnificent, but very windy ;p After this we went to eat something at Wendy's, and then went… more »

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  11:10:49 am, Categories: America 2008
Today we went to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Unfortunately it was a very rainy day. We were quite wet when we arrived at Liberty Island, to top it off, there was a large security check, both at the port and at the entrance of the monument.… more »

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04/27/08

  01:25:11 pm, Categories: America 2008
Our actual first full day in New York. We first went to take a walk to Downtown New York. Went past City Hall, Ground Zero, Wall Street and to Battery Park to have a look at the ferry to Liberty Island. Took the metro up to Times Square again to get our… more »

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  01:18:43 pm, Categories: America 2008
(since we don't have internet in our current hotel, I'm just typing some quick & short posts for now) We arrived half an hour early in New York. Got into airport shuttle and got to our hotel. The hotel is really still in China Town with lots of… more »

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Comment from: Tine

Heej jongens!

Blij dat jullie goed zijn aangekomen.

Cool…op hotel in China town. :-)

Veel plezier daar nog, en zie dat ge daar ni van de eerste dag een indigestie oploopt met die gigantische menu’s hé. (En Sam… ge weet dat de deuropening van de living in ons nieuw huisje ‘maar’ 70 cm is hé. Zie dat ge nadien nog binnenkunt hé, hihi ;-) )

Greetz!

04/27/08 @ 13:42

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04/25/08

  02:03:50 pm, Categories: America 2008
I'm getting excited, only 13 hours to go until our plane leaves to New York ;p We will depart in Brussels at 11h45 on Delta Airlines flight DL141. Flight will be 8 hours and 10 minutes, but I think I can say I'm used to long flights after having gone… more »

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04/14/08

  06:59:09 am, Categories: America 2008
Only just got back from Japan and in 2 weeks I'm again on vacation to the States. As you have read before, this is with 3 other friends just like last 2 years ago. It's been in preparations for a few months now and it's almost in its final stage. Just… more »

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11/17/07

After consulting with the travel agency today, mainly about our problem with car rental and Niagara/Canada. It seems it's not possible to rent a car in Canada and drop it off in the US. So they gave another option and a small change and that might save… more »

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07/31/07

  01:01:40 am, Categories: America 2008
Here will come the planning, schedule and report of our trip to America in 2008. Last time in May 2006 we undertook a 3 week journey through the South-West from Los Angeles, Las Vegas, the National Parks to San Francisco. This time we will be doing the… more »

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