Welcome to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For my theme, "Florida - Outside the Theme Parks", the letter O was so simple. Or was it?
Should I blog about Orlando, the city that is 8th in population growth in the United States? Its Greater metropolitan area now has a population of over 2.13 million people, but some 51 million tourists visit each year.
Or, should I go back to basics and blog about Oranges, the fruit that made Florida famous? Before Orlando became a theme park destination, after all, there were oranges (and a man I will blog about more in my "P" post.)
I remember visiting passing through Orlando in 1972 and again in 1975 and 1976. When I next returned, in 2006, it was as if a small city had been replaced by New York City. Yet, there is a lot to explore outside of the theme parks. So, Orlando is my pick.
Here are some non-theme park oriented pictures I took on a January visit.
The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, a 400 foot tall ferris wheel. It became a fascination, watching it change color at night.
And one more shot of Eola Park. You would never think, if you know where to go, that you were in a major metropolis.
Anyone interested in Orlando history can access a website called Historic Orlando for more information.
"O" day of the Blogging from #AtoZChallenge and day 17 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #blogboost.