About Chris O
Lives in London
Since Aug 2007
Hi. I’m Chris, an American freelance creative living in London. I keep busy working as a blogger, photojournalist, community manager, consultant, curator and more. The opportunities and challenges keep getting bigger, better and more meaningful for me every year! I’m having so much fun. Favorite destinations are many and my list of must-see places to visit seems to get longer the more I travel! I’m a huge fan of Lisbon, Istanbul and Queenstown – to name but a few preferred repeat locations. I also love heading back to the States every chance I find and cannot get enough of the Deep South – Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and the Carolinas – and Hawaii holds a particularly special place in my heart as well. And even though I’ve been based in London for years, it and the whole of Britain still yield myriad wonders for me.
Amusement & Theme Parks, Speciality Museums
Antique Shops, Flea & Street Markets
Nothing’s beefier than a Beefy King fresh cut roast beef sandwich (although the King’s pastrami sandwich comes close). A mainstay on the Central Floridian fast food scene for nearly half a century, foodies in the know make a dash here when craving something meaty served quick and with a smile.
This masterfully restored Spanish farmhouse designed by architect James Gamble Rogers II, evokes a sense of 19th century Spain — even as it overlooks a modern day golf course — and serves the greater Orlando community as both an historic museum and unique events space.
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany art, including the chapel interior that Morse designed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. You’ll find one of America’s most important collections of pottery here and more.
Located on campus at Rollins College, Cornell Fine Arts Museum has a collection featuring more than 5,000 works — ranging from ancient to contemporary — with important pieces by Chagall, Picasso, Warhol, Moore, Basquiat, and many more. The museum also holds the only European Old Masters collection in the Orlando area.
Opened in 1949 and still owned by the same family, Gatorland is Orlando's longest running theme park. This 100+ acre attraction features a free-flight aviary, petting zoo, animal shows, alligator breeding marsh, a Screamin' Gator Zip Line, and more; along with the chance to see lots and lots of alligators and crocodiles, including four rare leucistic 'white' alligators.
Not to everyone's tastes perhaps — the Holy Land Experience is a Christian theme park in Orlando based on the religious history of first-century Jerusalem. It contains recreations of famous artifacts and also stages in-depth re-enactments of the Stations of the Cross, and life size cut-outs of Tammy Faye Baker.
Voice of the Beat Generation, Jack Kerouac, lived in this humble house for a year during which time he wrote the novel 'The Dharma Bums.' Today, the house is home to a highly esteemed 'Writers in Residence' Program and welcomes interested guests who arrange visits beforehand.
This 50-acre 'botanical oasis' set in downtown Orlando is a designated US Historic District, and as vibrantly beautiful as any garden you could ever hope to visit.
One man’s trash/another man's treasure and so much more can be found at this gargantuan flea market. A visit here is not just a chance to sift through jazzy junk however — Renninger’s is also home to a popular antiques market, as well as hosting a range of events throughout the year.