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Monday, March 16, 2015

Floriday Trip Day 5: Animal Kingdom

Alright, we were out pretty late the night before... and yes... I made us get up and be at Animal Kingdom at 8am.
But look, I let Brent stop for a coffee break!

Pretty! I just love all the lush surroundings in this park.

Kilimanjaro Safaris

I've always loved these gorgeous bird houses in Maharajah Jungle Trek

Beautiful blue bird in her equally beautiful gold house.

Lovely fountain.

My parents met us in the park this day! Love this pic, she is having so much fun!

There was a tiny baby gorilla... I watched him for about 30 minutes.

Tiger in the Maharajah Jungle Trek


The sun came out after noon and it was so glorious! We all stopped for a beer from the Dawa Bar.

I had a delicious saison! Sitting here with my family in the sunshine was one of the best moments of the entire trip.

I love seeing this park at night. Lights!


Brent bought this hat! Isn't he handsome?!

After the park, we all went to Animal Kingdom Lodge. It was beautiful as always but... I was getting cranky... time to head back to the resort.

Brent and I decided to walk over to the Riverside part of the resort to catch Yeehaw Bob Jackson. If you haven't seen him yet, make it a priority. He is such an entertainer! By the end of the night, he had everyone singing along and dancing around. Truly a highlight of any trip.

Bob and his piano.

The man puts on a SHOW!


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Florida Trip Day 4: EPCOT

We had an early morning, catching the bus for EPCOT, here we are both checking the weather

We made it!

Hard to tell in the photo but... we essentially rope-dropped The Land. What? I love that ride!
We rode just about everything in Future World (Spaceship Earth, Ellen, Figment, Test Track, and the Land... I don't do Mission Space anymore...), then made our way to World Showcase.

Mexico Pavlion!

Admiring the fountain.

Holiday decorations were still up!
Tequila flight with nachos, guac, and salsas at La Cava del Tequila
Norway! So sad without Maelstrom but still beautiful
Some lunch in Japan.

Beer (from German), in France.

Kir Royale
We spent the day wondering around, sipping cocktails and nibbling on snacks. The sun was shining which made for a gorgeous day.
I got a skool bread and Hubby tried the lefsa. Delish.

Pretty clocks

 Then we met our good friends, Corinne and Dan in England. They were staying in an incredible room on the Boardwalk, check out that view!

Then a monorail bar crawl:

Lapu Lapu and something glowy at the Polynesian.

Lapu Lapu!


mmm cocktails.
We also had a drink at Meisner's Lounge in the Grand Floridian, then called it a night

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler!

It's Mardi Gras everyone - wahoo!! I have really fallen in love with this somewhat under appreciated festival. I just love the vibrant colors, costumes, and of course, brass band music. Here are some of my favorite Mardi Gras/New Orleans related memories:

A few years ago, some of my friends from Hawaii had a reunion in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. It. Was. Amazing. We hope to do it again!

John, Maggie, and me. Note the Mardi Gras shot glass suspenders on my friend John. Genius.

Maggie and I visited a Mardi Gras museum and I just loved this old photo.

And here are a few shots from Port Orleans French Quarter, where we stayed on our honeymoon:

Love the wrought iron

View from our room.

The boat is right nearby!

And of course, the fanciest place to be in all of Disneyland... Club 33, in New Orleans Square. Now, I have never had the pleasure of dining there... but I do make it a point to get my photo taken by the door for every trip.

And lastly, I haven't shared my photos from New Years yet (though I do have some blogs planned related to my resolutions/goals), but we went to a fabulous Mardi Gras themed party:
Sue and me, in our masks.

Sue's Hubby, Jon. Oh and yes, that's 3 glasses of champagne in my hands.

So what are your Mardi Gras plans? It's a time to go all out you know! Sue and I are going to an 8 course meal at one of our favorite restaurants. Well, guess there's just one thing left to say:
Cheers and laissez les bon temps rouler!