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Friday, January 27, 2012

Day Seven: Orlando

Theresa Neuhoff Audia, a sportswriter at The News-Herald, will be blogging while on her trip to Orlando, Florida from Jan. 21-28.

Today was our last full day in Orlando.
My husband and I debated on going to Epcot, but after a week full of activities we decided to lay low.
Plus, the weather called for showers and a clouds which wouldn't be the best conditions to walk around a theme park which cost $85 per person.
Instead, we started our day by working out. We then went to the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe. The Roman Catholic church was absolutely beautiful. We walked around, lite some candles and took in the beautiful church.
I almost forgot to add that we attend the Orlando Magic game last night in downtown Orlando. They played the Boston Celtics at Amway Arena.
The crowd was unbelievable. There were people everywhere. When we got to our seats, we enjoyed cheering for both teams (since we are dedicated Cleveland Cavaliers fans).
We left the game early because that day we woke up at 5 a.m. for the hot air balloon ride.
That could explain why we were too tired to go to Epcot today.
After visiting the church this morning, we went shopping at the Orlando Premium Outlets which included stores such as Guess, Bebe, Gap, Banana Republic, Rockport and more.
My husband had more luck than me shopping, but still it was a fun afternoon despite the rain.
Tonight, we are going to eat at Miller's Ale House which is close to our hotel.
Our plane leaves late tomorrow afternoon so we'll spend most of the day at the pool before we drive to the airport to go back home to snow.
I'll miss this sunny place that we've called home for the past week. We woke up to a new adventure every day which made the trip that much more exciting.
I would suggest Orlando as a vacation spot because there is so much to do. Heck, I could have spent two weeks here. But now it's time to say goodbye and go home.
Thanks for the awesome memories Orlando.

-Theresa Neuhoff Audia



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