Day 9 & 10 Fort Myers

Sorry folks – I’m a day behind so I’m combining efforts….

It was check out time from Orlando, we were both exhausted from a few hard days of theme parking but we didn’t want anything to go to waste. So, we headed off to Disney Springs for our last theme park and retail fix!

We cleared out Under Armour’s stock, checked out the chocolatier (believe it or not, the skull is chocolate!), tried on various Disney outfits and stocked up on caffeine.

The final shop to hit was Harley Davidson which I thoroughly enjoyed messing about and dreaming about my own bike….of course mine would be a cruiser!

Shopped out, we went hit the road for the next part of our day….Tampa. First stop, the Hard Rock Café.

I am getting quite a maps worth of pins going now, it is super exciting!

As we were in Tampa, we checked out the local ice hockey stadium and got the requested gift for back home, so I got to tick all the boxes there!

It was then time to head back on the road to our hotel in Fort Myers – and another upgrade woop! With a sea view to boot 😍😍 it felt only right to celebrate the evening with Hooters and some drinking games into the night in the hotel room. P.S. I suck at all drinking games and seem to do a lot of the drinking…..I need to work on this as I am not always great with the whole fresh the next day thing.

Today was a totally mellow and chilled out day. We went to a couple of shops to get the cheesy tourist bit done, had an amazingggggg couples massage at our hotel where I almost fell asleep and then had a lovely walk along the beach. Totally awesome!

Day 3 – Hollywood

First stop today was The Last Bookshop in Los Angeles. It was a mini heaven for me. There were more hidey holes there than inside a magician’s hat! I wandered round in a happy delirium druelling over all of the books and the artistry of how it was laid out.

I had to keep reminding myself I only had my backpack and so couldn’t buy the entire shop to send home!!

I even found a book like a game that I used to play with my mum. We called it the squiggle game where you draw a scribble and the other person has to make a picture out of it. I taught this to my sister-in-law Annabelle when she took me to the hospital with my ankle before leaving for the first part of my trip….

We stayed at the bookstore until lunchtime and then headed to the food market in the middle of downtown to have one of the most amazing fresh pasta dishes ever….the market was really cool. I haven’t seen the like before, loads of different food places under once warehouse style roof with more people than you can shake a stick at.

Then it was time to get in Bumble Bee, take the top down and hit up the Hollywood sign!

The next tourist spot was the Griffith Observatory which had the most amazing views of Los Angeles. It was such a beautiful sight….different from the mountains and other cities I have been to so far, but no less show stopping.

The parking for the observatory was a little crazy and almost made you rethink going….luckily we didn’t!!!

The final stop of the day…..Hollywood Boulevard to go to the Hard Rock Café (of course – I needed my mandatory pin!), the walk of fame and the old Chinese Theatre where the Oscars used to be held. I managed to have the fright of my life walking down the street as I was so busy reading the stars on the pavement I looked up and came face to face with a guy draped in snakes….I held my scream to a squeak and managed to tone down my dramatic dive into the road to escape, to a quick skip!

We drove back, dropped the car with the valet – I feel so totally fancy doing that – and felt ready to drop at the hotel room. Tonight is an early night ready for the most awesome day tomorrow.