Monday, October 15, 2018

A Florida Vacation PhotoJournal

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I've shared a bunch of Disney vacation pictures, but we did see a few other things on our recent Florida trip. We stopped in St Augustine for a couple of hours on our way down. I love this charming city with its rich history and lovely old Spanish quarter. We strolled through the historic shopping district and stopped at the Spanish Bakery and Cafe for lunch. (The Cuban sandwich is amazing!)

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I'm not sure we would have realized that the Cathedral Basilica of St Augustine is open for visitors to see if a friend hadn't recommended it. We did step inside for a few minutes to admire the gorgeous Spanish-style architecture, beautiful murals and stained glass, and enjoy a bit of reflective peace and quiet. 

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From there we walked back to the Castillo de San Marcos. We didn't have time to go inside, so we contented ourselves with walking around the outside of the fort's walls, and we did get to see the reenactors fire cannons!

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And yes, this did count as a History field trip. It actually fit perfectly, because in our American History class, we had just discussed the early settlements in North America and St Augustine was mentioned. In fact, St Augustine is the oldest European settlement in the United States. (I wrote a High School Lesson Book post about it a few years ago: From the High School Lesson Book - St Augustine and St Mary's)

These pictures are from our 2008 visit to St. Augustine, when we did explore all of the castillo. 

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Her face though. 😂

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That was on Sunday, and we spent Monday at the Magic Kingdom. On Tuesday, we relaxed at our condo, enjoyed the pool, and in the evening, we drove to Tampa to watch a preseason NHL game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Florida Panthers.

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pre-game selfie
 She's decided to cheer for the Lightning, so this was a bucket list item for her. And for real, when she insists on going to a hockey game, who are we to argue with that? We are delighted. We have hope that we've raised her right after all, since she's been a bit ambivalent about hockey sometimes. Now it would be ideal if she'd decide her favorite team was one of our favorites - especially if it was her dad's team, the Canadiens, since that's who she's named for . . . - but it could definitely be worse. We'll take it. (Train up a child in the way (s)he should go . . . 😉)

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Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday were Disney days, and Saturday was another relax at the pool day. On Sunday we headed back north. We made a stop in Jacksonville to have a late lunch with good friends of ours. They recommended a place called Kickbacks Gastropub and it was easy to see why! Not only is the food amazing, the building itself is fascinating. There's a three-level addition to the original building, with steampunk style sculptures adorning the walls, which are covered with 1.1 million pennies.

View of the bar from the second level seating area:

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Sculpture and pennies everywhere!

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Our friends knew the owner, who happened to come by and greet them, so they asked if we could see the basement area. He kindly obliged, and we got a bit of a tour. We saw the refrigerated beer "catacombs" and the private beer lockers and private dining room.

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 This is the small private room with the beer lockers. 

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Over 200 beers on tap, and none of the tap handles on the ceiling are duplicates!

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

A Disney Vacation PhotoJournal - The Rest of the Story

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I'm determined to get all the rest of the Disney photos into this post! Our second Disney day was spent at Hollywood Studios.

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And riding the Tower of Terror was pretty much the first thing we did there!

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There's a lot of Star Wars themed stuff at Hollywood Studios these days, from parades to rides to the fireworks show. The new Star Wars "land" is still under construction though. I can't even remember when it's scheduled to open.

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The other big draw is the relatively new Toy Story Land. We loved this area - fun for any age!

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The Green Army Men conducted Let's Play drills throughout the day and they were pretty entertaining.

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the technical drawings for the Slinky Dog rollercoaster!

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We had lunch at the 50's Prime Time Cafe. The food was delicious, and Kennady decided she needed a kids drink so she could have a light-up Buzz Lightyear.

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Our favorite roller coaster - the Aerosmith Rockin' Roller Coaster!

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The biggest highlight of the day was when hubby was chosen from the audience to be an extra in the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular! We've seen this show every time we've been at Disney World, and he's always wanted to be an extra. Well, this time he got to live the dream! 

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He was even the guy chosen to do the death scene!

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Day Three was Animal Kingdom. We took our selfie in front of the Tree of Life, although we never actually made it into the tree for the Bugs Life show.

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There's a new area called Pandora that is based on the movie Avatar. The Fastpasses for these rides were all gone, so we stood in line for at least an hour to get on the Na'vi River Journey. We kept an eye on the wait time for the other ride, Flight of Passage, during the day and headed over when it seemed reasonable. Reasonable for us turned out to be two hours!! I've heard some people have waited for three hours or more, so I guess we can't complain. Once we got on the ride we did not complain at all! We all agreed it's probably the best ride we've ever been on. And it's not even a roller coaster!

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We caught the Lion King musical show . . .

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played some hand drums,

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and went on the Dinosaur ride. Kennady loved this one, and it got genuine jump scares and screams out of us too!

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We loved the Expedition Everest ride, and Kennady and her dad rode it a second time.

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We even had pretty good luck on the safari ride and saw a lot of animals, including the zebra that came right alongside the jeep.

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And finally, EPCOT! Turns out the Food and Wine Festival was on during the time we were there, so we had tons of extra food choices! 

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The boat ride at Mexico is still a favorite. 

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The ride at Norway has been updated and now has a Frozen theme.

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trying out the fire sticks in China

Kennady was not enthused about seeing the America movie, but she did love the a capella singing!

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"Hallo, I'm ringing you from Great Britain at EPCOT"

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a little piece of home - Canada

Never too old to enjoy Turtle Talk with Crush either.

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We never did figure out the reason, but some of my photos at EPCOT were "smeary" like this. I thought it was a nice effect for the fireworks photo though!

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