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Centre St Fernandina Beach

We leave NY today and fly to Jacksonville Florida. We were advised to get to the airport early as it is summer holidays here and there is also a lot of construction at Laguardia airport because they are building a new terminal. We arrive with plenty of time to spare so we managed to pass the time easily watching the Crows Melbourne game on the WatchAFL app Justin gave us access to. It made the time waiting around for the flight go so much faster.

We picked up our car at the airport at 3.30pm but it has been a very stressful afternoon. For a start we couldn't get the GPS working, so thinking it was the concrete car park we moved out from under the roof, put the hazard lights on, and tried to get it going. Most cars behind us managed to move around us but eventually one stopped and a guy asked us it we were okay. He told us to follow him to where we could pull over and he would help us. We drove behind him until he pulled over on a grass verge. He was trying to give us some directions when the cops pulled up behind us and flashed their lights. So he mumbled some vague directions and we had to pull out and move on. After a few arguments and almost a divorce we finally got the GPS to get us vaguely to the Yulee area where we are staying tonight, although we did pass the same scenery twice!

Our Motel is near a main highway and is like one of those shady ones you see in American movies, where the baddies hang out. I wasn't expecting much because it was cheap, but it was in a good location for us on our first day. Not too far from the airport, so Phil would not have to drive too far on this first attempt at driving on the right hand side of the road and not too far from our cruise the next day. It's clean but very, very old and a little bit dodgy!

We drive over to Amelia Island to a quaint town called Fernandina Beach. There is a small harbour and a lovely main street with little boutiques and cafes. There are lots of those beautiful old American two story wooden homes with the front porch and the rocking chair. We eat a cafe and share a souvlaki, as the meal sizes here are enormous. We are finding that to eat relatively cheaply (we have to, because we are away for so long) it is difficult to find food that is healthy, most of the cheaper restaurants/cafes serve mainly deep fried and always with chips.

Fortunately we make it home before dark because we don't want to get lost again!!!

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