Holy Land Experience - My Mini Vacay

My mom has always said she would so love to visit the Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Florida. Because it's so hard to know what to buy for her as gifts, my sister Gloria and I gave her an all expense paid trip to Orlando & the park!

For Mother's day we gave her the tickets and for her birthday which is in November, we paid for her plane ticket and hotel room. Gloria and I would also come with her (we were the added gifts!! LOL).

We left for Florida very, very early last Thursday morning out of Austin, like at the ungodly hour of 5:50 am. I had no one to blame but myself - I made the reservations after all. Because I'm an insomniac, I got no sleep the night before, maybe 30-45 minutes and it was so early in the morning, it was a challenge just to find coffee at the airport. This also caused us to land in Orlando hours before our hotel room was ready for check in. The hotel was kind enough to store our luggage and my mom and I were sleepy and tired but we decided to do some sightseeing. There was a trolley stop right in front of the hotel so we hopped on that and just rode around on it seeing the sights. We finally got off in an area that had lots of restaurants. After lunch we went back to the hotel and our room was ready. Nap time!!

My sister flew in from Albuquerque and arrived late afternoon. She had a long day of travel and was exhausted as well. We decided to walk to the nearby Carrabba's Italian Grill. It was happy hour when we arrived and I ordered a Sicilian Prickly Pear Margarita and it was delicious! We went back to the hotel and we were all sound asleep by 9 pm! I've NEVER gone to sleep at 9! We were all tired from our long day.