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Trip Start Jun 28, 2012
Trip End Aug 28, 2012

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Left New Orleans very early in the morning, still feeling the effects of the previous nights booze! Short flight with a connection in Huston then on to Fort Lauderdale. Checked into The W hotel, and a great room that overlooked the beach.

The next stop was supposed to be Atlanta to see my mate Ron, but he had just taken a great job in West Virginia and had left town the week before, so I decided to go to Fort Lauderdale instead. Was a bit sad I didn't get to see Doug or Tim and visit my fav Atlanta bar called Tripp. Hopefully I'll get to catch up with Ron later on my trip.

The first time I went to Fort Lauderdale was back in 2005 with my friend Tim Cornish. It was 2 weeks after hurricane Wilma had caused major damage to Florida, and half of Fort Lauderdale without power. The hotel we were staying at had insisted that all was ok, and we shouldn't change our plans, but when we arrived in the city, the place was deserted, with little or no power. Everything was closed, except for our mostly empty hotel. We decided to leave first thing in the morning for Orlando.

I've been back to Fort Lauderdale many times since, and love the place! Along with Palm Springs, it's a place that I would consider living if I ever left London.

First night, as it was a Thursday, I went to a bar called George's Alibi for their weekly Long Island Iced Tea night. $3 for a huge drink served in a jam jar! After one of these, I remembered that I don't like Alibi's on a Thursday, because it's way too busy. lol. So I crossed the road to Bill's, one of my fav bars.

The following day was the opening ceremony for the Olympics. On my into Wilton Manors, I learned that NBC in America, were delaying the screening till 9pm USA time. WTF??? Apparently for advertising reasons. Absolute disgrace in my opinion. Anyway, seeing as I was out already, did a bit of a bar crawl, had some food and watched the ceremony in a bar called Sidelines. Had a great time with the very excited Americans. I even got a bit watery eyed at one point. I though it was really touching that most of the Americans in the bar stood for the British national anthem. The general consensus was that the ceremony was a huge success. I was VERY proud to be a Londoner. Danny Boyle did London proud.

Went off to Bill's after to meet up with some of the Key West boys that were in town. Had a laugh and way too many per.

On the last day (Saturday) had a walk along the beach and dipped my toes into the very warm Atlantic. Ordered some deep fried Oreos out of curiosity. Very nice actually! Only ate one though. Went out to a club called BOOM! that night. Really like it there. The DJ played some great music.

Key West is calling... 

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Love FL! Spent a week there some decades ago!

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