A Grand Adventure

Have you ever dreamed of packing up your suitcase, heading off on holiday and staying away for as long as possible for the adventure of a lifetime? Well now you can by entering our competition ‘A Grand Adventure’.

This is the opening line to a competition I came across a couple of days ago and it has got me thinking! What would I do with if I won £1,000 and could go anywhere in the world. I suppose the first question is would I go on my own or who would I take? I can’t imagine traveling alone, so I would have to take my other half and my son.

Next £1,000 (not including the cost of flights) is not going to last very long unless you are careful, so its a good job I get called Dell boy! So where to go? I have been looking at holidays but have decided that this year my roof is going to come first, so no foreign holiday. Now that I have found this competition I find myself dreaming and browsing through holiday sites once more…
I have always fancied Sardinia, and I love all of the places in Italy that we have visited, but no that seems to touristy…Next I thought cold, how about the Northern lights, that would be simple out of this world. Hmmm thinking about it the boy and I don’t really do cold…My mind keeps wandering back to Florida. I can’t explain why I have such a love of this American state. Its touristy, and even tacky in places, but it also has a hidden side, one that if you are willing to poke about you find hidden behind the brightly painted rollercoaster and thrill rides.

Hidden Florida it is!

For a start the three of us would fly into Orlando the Theme park capital, and hire ourselves a nice little run around. A Chevrolet Aveo for the month for just half the budget that would be the best way to get around. With petrol a whole lot cheaper than the UK I think we will be have plenty left to get all the way down the west coast of the state and drop our little motor back to Miami Airport on our way home.

So the first stop on the tour be Beverly Hills, yes that’s correct there is a place in Florida with that name, with lots of campsites I think we would have to pick up a tent and rough it for a few nights. It is the sunshine state and I don’t think we would get cold at night. This part of the state is known as the Citrus county, with plenty of places to explore. I know that my son would love to see Manatees so a visit to Welcome to Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park a lovely place to stop, and even spend the night.

Next would be Clearwater, as I have always wanted to watch the sunset over the Gulf. Also this is the home of Winter the dolphin from the film a dolphins tale. It would be great to see the dolphin that this film is based on as my son loves dolphins so much I think this would be a moment he remembers forever.

A quick hop down to Cape Coral and over to Pine springs, with its untouched beauty and the Cayo Costa state park. Luxury with a primitive cabin on the island, which is only accessible by boat. Snorkelling with the local wildlife and then fishing for our tea, we could feel like we are on our own private island. Then sitting round the campfire in the evening toasting marshmallows with the locals.

Next stop Naples, with its sun drenched beaches and time for a spot of relaxation maybe even the odd sancastle or two, but just a holiday wouldn’t be the same without one!

How about some more adventure and off to see the real Everglades with Captain Steve kids ride free, and alligator’s are a guaranteed!

It’s just a short hop across on I75 through the Big Cypress National Preserve to Fort Lauderdale and then down to Miami. Stopping off at Miami Zoo. “I wonder if it has changed much since we last visited 14 years ago on our honeymoon?

Our final destination before home Sunny Isles, north of the centre of Miami, and I would treat my family to a night in one of the many cheep motels and maybe a big pile of maple waffles from the waffle house. Lets face it we wont be going hungry on our trip as we can make one American meal easily do three little British people easily!

Returning home would be hard, I love this sunshine state and would love to live there, but at least I have had the chance to sit this afternoon and dream. If you get the chance to go to Florida, visit the theme parks but PLEASE don’t forget the hidden side of Florida.

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Lego Hobbit attack of the Wargs (79002) review for Izziwizzi Kids

The boy was very excited to be reviewing LEGO, as it is his favorite toy, we have lots of other sets but this is our first Hobbit set. I don’t think that it matters that the boy hasn’t seen the film, as you will see from the video review he still enjoyed building and playing with the set.

The set is for ages 8-14 and I think this has been aimed at this age group because of the film. The boy (7) started without me and built all the Wargs and figures, he had very little problem building the tree and only needed one small bit of help clicking the moving parts together. This set costs £49.99 and I can see that it is priced a little bit more due to the Hobbit branding but think for what you get especially if you are a fan it is good value.

This is the shorter of the 2 video reviews which we did, and you can see that the boy loved building this set. I think children who have seen the film will enjoy the set even more, but don’t think that this stopped my boys enjoyment, as he has got all the baddies from Starwars out to battle with the dwarfs! I think the only slight frustration we found was that it is very difficult to fire the dwarfs into the tree, for most children I don’t think this would be a problem, but for mine he likes everything to work as described.

I like this Lego set it is nice and robust, it doesnt look like it will fall apart easily and need rebuilding. The box is a good size, with some great detailed pictures on the back. You get 6 figures which makes it great as a stand alone set as well as combined with other Hobbit sets.

We give this LEGO set a family score of 5/5

I think LEGO have done a great job theaming this set to the story and think it has great play value, especially for boys.