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Recovery Day in Fort Lauderdale

Friday, 30 January 2015

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Eased into the day making no attempt to rendezvous with the sunrise. Ducked down to the foyer to partake of their 'Grab and Go' breakfasts. Hot beverages, muffins, fruit and chewy bars. Not a bad start to the day.

Just to backtrack quickly. Last night we arrived at the hotel at about 2130 and were quickly made welcome. Much of what was said went straight over our heads as we were both desperate to find the bed. Jenny said she could have slept on a barbed-wire fence. Personally I doubt that but she certainly took no time to fall asleep. I took a little longer.

We are staying at the Extended Stay America Hotel on SE 17th Street, Causeway. It is located conveniently close to both the airport and the cruise-port. The room has a modest sized kitchen, hotplate, sink, microwave oven and full sized refrigerator. Somewhat of an overkill for our two-day stay. Room appointments are adequate and there is an air conditioning unit, although very noisy it didn't keep us awake.

After breakfast we braved the eight lane road to crossover and buy stamps to send some cards home. We then had to cross it again to find a supermarket. The intention was to stock up on some Pepsi, Jenny's favourite beverage. There was a great deal for some 6-packs, so we picked up a total of three dozen small bottles for just $12. Now we'll have to work out a way to pack them so that we can get them aboard tomorrow. We carried our goods back to the hotel and then went back out to have a lunch.

We'd noticed a place called "Firehouse Subs" and figured we could get a good value meal there. We were not disappointed !! We stood there and spent a good 15 minutes deciding what to order from the extensive menu and options. We decided to combine the sub with the soft-drink option. Jenny's was 9 inches, I ordered the 12 inch one. We won't need any dinner tonight. As luck would have it there was a huge fire-truck parked in the car-park. I managed to snap a photo with the Android phone.

Poked our heads into a number of stores, including "ROSS dress for less" where we found some irresistible bargains. Still more gear to pack and get aboard. Picked up some small items at Dollar Tree Stores, an unbelievable range of items for just $1 each.

Back at the hotel we arranged for tomorrow's shuttle to the cruise ship. We will be checking out of the hotel at 1100 and will leave for the ship soon afterwards. Spent the afternoon catching up on some sleep and sorting out the luggage.

Next update will be from aboard the Ruby Princess.

If you want to look at what I've been up to you can view my latest photo by following this link to the image for Today

Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

Posted by greynomadm 14:31 Archived in USA

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Really did enjoy reading of your start to this journey. Been through the DFW Airport many times and you most definitely described it accurately - and I only had to handle the domestic side. Glad you had this planned with some down time before your cruise starts. Let the fun begin!

by milaniet

Your flight details are interesting and I'm not surprised that you needed a sleep. Safe travel and am looking forward to my next 'bedtime story'from the 'RUBY'.
Love littlesis

by littlesis

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