Three Islands

Friday, and we were woken to the Captains dulcet tone over the PA confirming our arrival at the cruise terminal on the Dutch side of the

Beach was brilliant

Beach was brilliant

Island, “Philipsburg”.  This is a unique Island is so much as there are 2 countries here, Holland and France; currency, Euros in France but still Guilders in Holland with French spoken at the French end and Dutch where we are.  In the centre there is a very large lagoon that also connects the

Should have bought our swimmers!

Should have bought our swimmers!

two countries, and it was here we moored many times in the past on Anam Cara.

e651fbcd-42a6-4c16-ba45-7c4f1814bad1We went ashore, jumped onto a water taxi and headed to the town, we were going to take our swimmers but decided not to.  Once we arrived at the pier taxi terminal and got “up-close” we regretted our decision, the beach and sea looked so inviting: oh well, it is what it is, get on with it!!37772328-5d78-4a96-8c51-c563a3684e1e

We wandered along “Front Street”, this road runs parcel to the seafront promenade and is lined both sides of the street with jewellery, clothes and watch shops.  You can’t go more

Enjoying the rum punches

Enjoying the rum punches

than a few steps without being accosted by shop keepers trying to get you inside.   Ever since Rio de Janeiro where Christine lost her Bvlgari in the sea at cocacabana beech she has been looking to replace them but obviously this particular model has been discontinued.  I had already checked there was a Bvlgari shop and when we stumbled upon it in we went, expecting to come out empty handed.  No such luck, they had a new range called “diva” and in that range there was a pair that Christine fancied; ah well that’s taken care of the Birthday present and the name of the range was very appropriate!!!!!!!!!!

It was time for a drink, rum punch being most appropriate but the one served at this rather touristy bar was rubbish, me-thinks they just showed the bottle to the glass😡😡😡 so after finishing it I was 1f586c53-bf65-4790-afb9-884f2f82ea38determined to find a real Rum Punch.  We wandered around and found a back street bar, full of locals and away from the touristy areas and as a bonus, they had “Ting” a local mixer and especially good with rum; we had landed in the right place.  Several “Rum & Tings” later we headed back to the ship and being the “local” bar, and still with money in our pockets!!!!!!!    

Back on board and headed to the stern to wave good by to St Martian, tomorrow we arrive at St Lucia.

Again early this morning we woke to the Captain announcing our arrival into Castries. The good news is it isn’t broadcast in our cabin, but unfortunately we do have a speaker just outside our cabin door, so really hacked off.  We ambled down to breakfast and heard several announcements from the captain apologising for the slow processing of the guests waiting for a tender.   What happened we no not, but after a number of apologetic announcements from the Captain, he delegated it to officer of the watch, coward.  Open tendering eventually came into being around noon by which time we had decided not to bother.  Castries is a port town with little or no interest to us and had we had the full day we may have gone to re-visit old haunts, such as Rodney Bay or Marigot Bay or perhaps Soufriere, where the Pitons are.  Still we had a relaxing day aboard.  Tomorrow we head for Barbados

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Excitement mounting

Sunday 25th November, the day we have been waiting for has arrived but no hurry, our boarding time is 1330 so decided to go in style and booked a limo to collect us at noon.

We arrived at the dock along with another couple of thousand people, still we eventually boarded, found our cabin and settled in, well not until we visited the buffet for our first lunch!!!!   Compulsory boat drill took place then we were off, sailing serenely past the statute of liberty, down the Hudson River and into the Atlantic, we now have 3 sea days but at least as we head south and the weather gets warmer.  Though we thought New York was cold, apparently we had been lucky, a few days earlier it had been much colder.

We used these three days to get re-aquatinted with Queen Mary 2 as she has undergone a re-fit since we last sailed in her.  The only issue on these sea days was a medical one;  we had to divert to Bermuda to enable an evacuation of some poor guest who had a major health problem.  We never found out what the issue was except that we had to add an extra 250 nautical miles to our journey and about 8 hours so our Captain then turned up the wick and we motored along at 24-Knots and eventually he caught up so we still arrived at St Thomas on

In cable car

In cable car

time; well done QM2.

 

In the restaurant we are on a table of 6  the other 4 are from Canada: very nice people but unfortunately not the party animals we normally like to be with, so we’ll try and move to another table if possible.

Going up

Going up

We’ve enjoyed numerous lectures on subjects ranging from the music industry to the truth about Columbus, and Concorde to WW2 spies and the evening shows are varied and quite spectacular.

Thursday 29th November and our first port of call, St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands where we took this opportunity to go on the “Sky Ride” (cable car), something we never got round to doing on our numerous visits in Anam Cara.  This was

Fabulous views from the top

Fabulous views from the top

well worth a visit seeing Charlotte Amalie and the Bay Area from a great height.   These islands were named by Columbus in 1493 after St Ursula and her army of 11,000 virgins who were reputedly killed in 238 AD by the huns?!?!  The US bought them from the Danish government in 1917 for $25-million.   Though we are actually in the US here in St Thomas with the currency being Dollars etc., they actually drive on the left hand side of the road; weird or what !!!!!

After a full day we joined the sail away party around the aft pool and

Worth the 21$ each, amazing views

Worth the 21$ each, amazing views

headed to St Martin, expecting to arrive around 0700hrs tomorrow.

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Nearing the end!!!!!

Wednesday, and today we are having a day off, “hooray”, time to catch our breath.  A leisurely procedure getting up today followed by a relaxing time watching Mia in the pool with Mum and Dad.  Today we were going to have lunch out and use the $50 voucher we had as compensation for the pool not being heated on the day of our arrival, but first, Christine and I had a mission to go to the Florida Mall Disney shop to get a particular Mickey Mouse; believe it or not, we couldn’t get it at any of the Disney parks!!!!!  

We eventually got into gear and left, then realised we still had the pushchair and car seat so had to return.  After we had loaded our destination into sat nav, we twigged we would struggle to get there, buy what we needed and get back in time for lunch so stooped at the first suitable place we could get a coffee; “Dunkin’ Donuts”, nothing like a nice slimming doughnut to have with your steaming morning coffee, in fact we bought a box of a dozen to take home for tea🤪🤪🤪🤪🤪.

Due to a miss communication, when we arrived back at the house, “they” had already left so when we arrived at Longhorns Steak Restaurant, we were late, ah well we are on holiday.  We had an excellent, leisurely lunch accompanied with a nice Malbec and finished off with an interesting “house” concoction as a digestif, wow, for the US it was powerful stuff.  So powerful, that as we left the restaurant Dave started to climb the wall by the front door but soon got told to come down by the restaurant manager: Health and safety spoils all the fun!!!!

Back to the house to enjoy pudding, doughnuts and other naughties Jane had bought earlier helped down with more alcohol.  We then headed for the lovely warm pool to relax, but no, instead we spent a very enjoyable hour or so playing on the lilos etc.  Later we all collapsed and had early nights.

Thursday 22nd November, Thanksgiving Day and everything is closed except for theme parks and restaurants which means only one thing, they will all be very busy.   To counteract this Dave, Jane and Mia left the house at 0700hrs, we of course stayed in bed!!!   It did pay off, as the most important attraction they wanted to do was the “Peter Pan” ride, each of the previous visits we found the queues to be well over an hour’s wait but this morning, getting there at opening time they were on within 20-minutes.  Apparently it was a very successful visit in spite of being very busy.  They managed to accomplish most of what they wanted.  We also accomplished what we wanted, we chilled out by the pool, getting ready for our up-coming cruise.

We did try and get some food shopping from our local Publix supermarket, but as I said, everything was closed so when the family returned, we headed to our nearest Denys; for a less expensive meal.  Five miles up the road we found one and enjoyed another steak , though this was not in the same league as Longhorns; but still enjoyable.  After a short evening, we all hit the sack.

Friday, and Jane, Dave and Mia left early again; they were meeting friends from Abu Dhabi for Breakfast, we on the other hand had a lazy morning.  All week we had been trying to get “this” Micky Mouse to match the Mini Mouse we had bought Mia on a previous trip to Florida and today we headed out again for the big Disney shop in the Florida Mall.  Now we knew it was “black Friday” and it would be crowded but, we don’t think we had seen crowds like this before.  Firstly parking was a challenge, though this was most probably the biggest car park either of us had seen, finding a place was like looking for a needle in a haystack.  Eventually we found one and walked through J C Penny, a local department store.  Though the scrum was relatively genteel, people were all on a mission; all we wanted was to walk straight through the store and into the mall though the mall wasn’t that much better!!!!  Eventually we found the Disney store, packed to the gunnels with wall to wall people, still we managed to find a Christmas Micky that has to do.   After a quick cuppa we returned to the house though a half drive trip took well over an hour, still it was Black Friday; never again.

On the way back to the house we bought some steak and various trimmings for our last night as We knew Dave, Jane and Mia were doing their own thing.  We then packed our bags and went off to bed, ready for an early start tomorrow as we fly to New York.

Up and at ‘em early, everybody came to wave us off and we set off for the airport.  First we had to drop off the rental car; well signposted into a multi-story car park where there was an army of people to check the car back in and in the most efficient way.  Numerous cars were being returned and our car was checked-in by the attendant scanning the bar code on the windscreen, and giving us our receipt before we had removed the cases from the boot; incredible.  Orlando is an extreme busy airport and checking in of course is self service so we played the stupid oldies and had everything done for us!!!!!   The security check was rather slow to get through but more due to the volume of people, than inefficiency.  Being an internal flight, that was it we just had to wait.  We eventually loaded and just short of 2 hours, we arrived at JFK, collected our bags with minimal fuss and then searched for our driver who could not be found so jumped into a cab and headed for the hotel.

Our visits to the various attractions took us by surprise, they were so much busier than when I used to go in the late 80’s early 90’s but the real surprise was how short the rides were.  On one occasion Jane and Mia queued for well over an hour and the ride lasted 2 minutes.  We timed several rides and they were all very short. We got talking to one fellow who had worked at the Magic Kingdom and apparently it was not unknown on Christmas day for the “special rides” to have queues with up to a 4-hour wait and people spending all day and only getting on two of the big rides.  The general consensus is February is still the best time to visit though even then it is busy.   We don’t see us returning in the future to repeat the experience, still the bonus is our three week cruise starts tomorrow😀😀😀😀

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It’s all go!!!!!

Sunday and again an early start heading back to Magic Kingdom.   It is so big and there were so many people the other day that we only

Mia with the princess

Mia with the princess

covered about 20% of the park so today we gave it our best shot.

Even though we were ahead of the game, the build up of crowds going through security bag search was daunting, at least with pre-paid tickets, we don’t have too

Another parade, they were brilliant

Another parade, they were brilliant

long to queue at the actual  entrance gates.

Today we attacked several rides, mainly  Jane type rides though I did accompany her on a number whilst Nanny Christine took charge of Mia.   Again we were tripping over people, being Sunday the park

More of parade

More of parade

was again very busy and though it is still early November, Veterans Day (last week) seems to kick start the Christmas holiday period.  Xmas carols all the time, Christmas themes everywhere and “Santa’s” in their grottos.   We regret 82dad17f-b90c-4bce-978f-64e50a0f3b1ecoming in November, speaking to locals, February is probably the quietest and therefore the best time.

After another hot and exhausting day we left the Magic Kingdom and headed back to the house to drop Christine and Mia off whilst Jane and I headed out to Orlando International to collect David and a

Beauty and the beast

Beauty and the beast

second hire car: next week we have different itineraries.

Dave’s flight arrived a little early than scheduled and he had the good fortune to hit Border Control at a quiet time so didn’t have the long wait we did, the result of that was he was waiting for us, oops!!!!!  Whilst Dave and Jane got away very quickly, I hadab42d89c-5c7e-4e04-afc4-33be99102b2f to queue for ages at the Alamo desk to collect the car.

Monday and away at 0700hrs as we headed to Tampa to visit Bush gardens.  Though just over an hour away we didn’t want to get stuck in commuter traffic and arrive late so, “up-and-at-em” and breakfast near the park entrance.  Jane and Dave had memories of a bumper buffet breakfast, all you can eat at a chain called Denys, so this was our mission.

Shortly before we arrived at Busch Gardens we spotted a Denys on the d8129311-fbfa-4c55-bfff-c9da9667e51eopposite carriageway, so a quick “U” turn and we were in, only to find they didn’t do a breakfast buffet.  The Disappointment on their faces was clear to see but never the less we did enjoy a very good breakfast, plus

Rhino enjoying the mud

Rhino enjoying the mud

numerous pancakes; no wonder everybody puts on weight!!!!!

Being early at Busch Gardens meant we could get onto several da5685a1-53db-4791-82d7-f8eee11972cbrides before queues built up; we started with a cable car ride across the “African Plains”, looking down on the “reserve” then onto a Log Flume.  Now we split, Dave and Jane went off to do their Kamikaze rides whilst the 7da8702c-33cc-4014-bd09-9d92f30f9cecthree of us did the more sedentary rides.  Our paths crossed periodically but one of the most enjoyable attractions was the train journey that weaved its way through and around the game reserve where we saw elephants, black and white rhinoceros, hippopotamus, lions, giraffes and many many more.   This has now 1e7892d6-7428-44ba-ba48-6192bfada253encouraged us to bring forward our planned trip to South Africa to enjoy the “real” safari park; Harry is now on the case!!!!!  Another highlight was the ice show with a Christmas theme.  I have to say all the shows, though they may only be for around 30- minutes long, are full scale productions, and this ice show was no exception.

After a long and exhausting day in Busch Garden we left but being rather late for Mia stopped at the same Deny restaurant we had visited in the morning and have to say, again, we were really impressed; nice food and at reasonable prices.

Tuesday we went our different ways, Jane and Dave went to Universal’s “Islands of Adventure” park, on their own to get a full days

Seaworld

Seaworld

fix of “kamikaze rides”.  We on the other hand took Mia to “SeaWorld”, far more appropriate for young and old alike!!!!! 

We had a slight problem before hitting the road, we couldn’t start the hire car.  We have a brand new Hybrid Ford that had a mind of its own, we tried everything to

Dolphins performing

Dolphins performing

start it and by this time it had run down the drive into the road and we were stuck.  I thought I had done everything I was told when collecting it. Foot on brake then push start button, gear selector in neutral, hand brake on, 15a4d1d8-fdc1-400b-a233-f672030cbbecdoors shut doors open! Nothing so resorted to ringing the breakdown service.  All I wanted was to know what I was doing wrong, or not doing but no, first I had to answer all sorts of questions.  Eventually I was told, foot on the brake and press the start button simultaneously,

Whales splashing everyone

Whales splashing everyone

hey presto it started.  What a fool I felt still we were now on our way.

We arrived later than planned but hey, we were here now and  thoroughly enjoyed the 3 shows we watched, firstly the dolphins and their keepers entertained us

Brilliant show

Brilliant show

with flips and tricks and gentle water splashes over the two front rows. Next we visited the Shamu stadium where the Killer Wales perform.  These

Back flip!

Back flip!

giants of the sea did some quite spectacular tricks though in this show the keepers don’t enter the water.  The highlight was when these giants of the deep splashed everybody in the first 15 rows, there was no escaping, these people were thoroughly drenched; all good fun. 

Sea lions having fun

Sea lions having fun

Lastly we visited the sea lions, here the theme was “finishing school” and collecting their diplomas, an odd subject but thoroughly entertaining.  They were so funny that all the children including Mia were rolling about in the aisles, well they would have but health and safety here

Sharks

Sharks

means they had to stay in their seats!  Our day was completed by walking around the park looking at all the various fish ponds, including sharks, sting rays and various species of seals.  There are of course roller coasters, all of which looked

Mia enjoying the carousel

Mia enjoying the carousel

really scary with vertical drops with upside-down sections; fortunately Mia didn’t satisfy the height restrictions!!!!!

We finally arrived back at the house, and

I had to go on as well!

I had to go on as well!

after a light supper went into the pool and had a great time with Mia; needless to say it was very enjoyable.  Long after her normal bed time we eventually put her down one very happy little girl and she was asleep in moments.  Mum and Dad returned later in the evening loaded with shopping, they had taken advantage of the “Black Friday” bargains.

We even found Father Xmas

We even found Father Xmas

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More theme parks

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom

Tuesday and today we’re off to the Magic Kingdom, our aim was to leave the house by 0800hrs, bearing in mind we are all awake very early, still we were out by 0830hrs, under the circumstances not too bad.   By the time we had parked in the attraction car park, taken the tram to the 3c3ba083-cfdc-48bd-98fd-2c459066b9d0monorail station, and eventually arriving at the park, it was around 10.30 and the park was very busy but, most children were back in School though having said that, the area most appropriate for Mia, Fantasyland, was still heaving.  Jane and Mia queued for one ride for about 75- minutes and c2ef0ff8-d09c-4b32-b572-b3a20e74c6d6I timed the ride, two and a half minutes.   I take my hat off to Mia for the patience she has demonstrated so far.  Today the Magic Kingdom has a special event on this evening so the park closed at 1800hrs, probably just

Main parade

Main parade

as well!!!   The highlight of the day being the grand parade at 1400hrs, we were in the front row as it f9adbbeb-6659-4416-a894-92ca7ec8fe70went past.   Again an exhausting day but a salad for lunch and the only junk food were donuts and cinnamon rolls.

Wednesday, up early again, this time for Walt Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  We didn’t bother with salads as our plan is to leave early, around 1500hrs, and cook a proper roasted dinner tonight.  We

On safari

On safari

arrived at opening time, fortunately this

Giraffe enjoying his freedom

Giraffe enjoying his freedom

park is fairly quick to get into and headed straight across to the opposite side as we wanted to do the Safari trip before the queue got too long.  This is the most popular ride here, a truck takes guests through a game reserve where there are da5685a1-53db-4791-82d7-f8eee11972cbelephants, rhinoceros, both black and white, giraffes lions, wilder a2c4dd26-fb78-4b78-8bb6-66acd3ef814ebeasts, in fact every animal you would expect to see on safari in Africa.  It was very well laid out, the animals have plenty of space and are managed extremely well, this was worth getting here early for.   By the 9391f9d2-4633-451f-b729-2db80d8d451ctime we had completed our Safari ride, the park was filling up but fortunately not to the crowds experienced the previous few days.  There are several children’s rides we went on but most of the park is7da8702c-33cc-4014-bd09-9d92f30f9cec given over to animals.  Having said that, our planned departure time of 1500 hrs didn’t happen, it was so good we didn’t leave ‘till 1800hrs.  Back home, too exhausted to cook and eat, good job we bought a sandwich during the day!! And bed.o

Thursday and a day off, rest at last, we’ll that was the plan.  After a leisurely morning enjoying our pool we headed out to one of the many outlet shopping malls.  Again today we were DETERMINED to have a proper roast diner, so with that in mind, minimal food during the day.   Obviously we couldn’t get what we wanted in the outlet mall so headed of the “Florida Mall”, a very large space where Christine and I managed to find the Sperry Shoe shop we were looking for and stocked up with a couple of pairs each.  We now hot-footed it back home early enough for us to cook and eat a roast dinner at a reasonable hour, hooray, and enjoy a bottle of wine.

Friday and it was off to Epcot, it’s all go here you know!!  We arrived early and straight onto our first ride, the big round golf ball at the c2ef0ff8-d09c-4b32-b572-b3a20e74c6d6entrance, a ride that covers communications from time in memorial to the present day.  I have been to Epcot a number of times and I have never, and I mean never, walked straightdf2892c8-d60d-4499-8716-770ed0431cef up the ramp and onto the ride; great Scott we were early!!!  Surprisingly the park was reasonably quiet, not too many people so managed to do virtually all the rides with minimal queueing.  Once these rides were done, we headed around the lake, world showcase.  We stopped and had a pint at the 89950f46-e7bc-405a-b6f0-86332d28249cRose and Crown in England, watched a couple of performers in France who juggled and piled a number of chairs on one other 78e99d93-259c-4dfe-9a6b-e0f40e2d3eb1before one of them climbed to the top and did a hand stand, we had lunch in Italy and finished with a charming water ride in Mexico.   We couldn’t stay for the firework display at 2100hrs, poor Mia wouldn’t have been able to make it so left around 1800hrs but on the way out re-visited the big golf ball ride, again, virtually straight on.

Saturday, and again a quiet day of rest and reflection, enjoyed a swim in the pool and after lunch headed out to Disney Springs, a Disney shopping mall set alongside Lake Buena Vista.  Today we were very very strict with our diets, in the last few days we’ve all added weight eating far too many naughties.  Of course this was a silly place to visit as between every store there’s a coffee kiosk etc., all selling fast food, cakes, buns, chocolate, ice cream, and then there’s numerous restaurants doing anything from Steaks to Oysters, pasta dishes to Japanese food, all very tempting but I can report, we were very disciplined, we walked by everything.

Tomorrow we are returning to the Magic Kingdom before heading to the airport to collect Dave.

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Orlando, here we come

Thursday 8th of November and we’re off again.  We start by flying to Gatwick then hiring a car before heading on to Jane’s; it’s Dave’s birthday so are ready to babysit.

Arrived at Pascals Paddocks ok, but not needed for babysitting duty this evening, but we are needed Friday morning as Jane and Dave are booked in to view a school for Mia.  Dave on the other hand has decided to celebrate his Birthday Friday, and has taken the day off and booked tickets for the circus that’s in Newmarket.

Following their visit to the school, we headed off to Northampton to meet our new accountant as Brian (old accountant) has decided to retire at long last.  I have been with him since 1982 and will now have to “train” a new one!!!!!!!!!  We followed this meeting with a quick visit

Dave doing his bit

Dave doing his bit

to our solicitor before heading over to Newmarket, arriving at the circus entrance with 5 minutes to spare before the show started.  Our party of 6 included Dave’s mother, Newmarket being her home town.  The circus, well perhaps the best I can say about it was “interesting”.  Of course circuses aren’t what they used to be, no big cats, no elephants or horses, in fact no 4 legged animals to be seen, so what’s left? Well there were Acrobats, jugglers, other acrobatic performers and oh yes, 1 solitary clown.  The highlight of the evening was when this clown selected 3 members from the audience, one being Dave who were given certain tasks to do.  Unfortunately the task given to Dave

Dave doing his seal impressions!

Dave doing his seal impressions!

included laying on the ground and move along like a seal, well, Dave being fit and agile had no problem which gave the “so-called clown” something of a problem; he had never had anybody do this and then to add a little spice, Dave did a backflip.  By this point the clown had lost it and quickly moved onto the next chap he had selected, he was more compliant, he played along to his game!!!!  

We managed to stay to the end at which point, having 2 cars, Christine and I shot off to look for a pub and have a meal.  

About 10 miles south of Newmarket we pulled off the A14 at a signpost pointing to some obscure village called Great Wilbraham, and the only pub, the Carpenters Arms, fortunately had a restaurant not to mention the local microbrewery ales available.   So far so good and rather than eat in Solitary in the restaurant, we ate in the bar where there was a wood burner roaring away and some atmosphere; we even got chatting to some locals.  We both agreed we had struck gold, the food was excellent, the ales extraordinarily good, service was spot on and we didn’t need to take out a mortgage; just!!!  We completed our unexpected evening playing bar billiards; not played that game for years. 

Our journey back to Brentwood was miserable, it rained cats and dogs, still we got back to find everybody had gone to bed.

Next morning back to Gatwick to return our hire car and book into the hotel for the night, flying out tomorrow.  Jane and Mia arrived around 1900hrs.

The shuttle took us to north terminal Sunday morning and we booked

Mia enjoying the space

Mia enjoying the space

in, well nearly.  Jane enquired about upgrades to Premium, yes was the answer, there were a few spaces but we had to pay the extra.   After much discussion and a ‘phone call to Dave, we did it.  What a good decision this was, as Jane and Mia had the two front seats just behind the bulkhead with sufficient private floor space for Mia to play and amuse herself on this 9-hour flight.   Arriving in Orlando was a little fraught as the airport is being re-furnished, especially immigration.  Here again, being premium we were off the plane before everybody else and into the immigration queue and therefore out within about 45-minutes.  To add to the issues, at the time we landed there was a BA flight, (another Jumbo) and a further plane from Manchester, in all about 1100 passengers.   We were warned about these flights and it was suggested we ran, which we did.  Some of the stragglers were

Frozen show

Frozen show

queueing for 2 to 3 hours!!!   After immigration we collected our bags and headed, by train, to the main terminal, collected our rental car and headed to our villa.

We eventually arrived at our villa totally exhausted, knackered and couldn’t wait to hit the sack, but I must say 3year old Mia took it all in her stride.

Jane and Mia enjoying the show

Jane and Mia enjoying the show

Naturally we all woke in the wee hours of the morning and couldn’t get back to sleep so had a rather early breakfast before heading out to our first attraction;Walt Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  What we didn’t

Toy story

Toy story

know was that this Monday is a bank holiday, Veterans Day we believe, and the Park was heaving.  The queues on all the rides were long but for the best rides, people were queueing up to one and a half hours.   There is a system of fast track passes available but to get these fast track passes for the god rides, one needs to get onto their website 30 days before the day of

Couldn’t get on this 210 minute wait!

Couldn’t get on this 210 minute wait!

the visit.  The fast track passes available on the day are naturally for the less exciting rides. Still we did a full day, much queueing and not too many rides achieved, still Mia enjoyed herself.  I’d like to say that’s why we are here but I suspect the truth is we are here c5afab5c-0b8f-4b3b-bac0-028af2a438d3for Jane!!!!!

During the day we ate the usual rubbish, donuts, burgers and chips, Cinnamon buns

Beauty and the beast

Beauty and the beast

etc., etc., but tomorrow we will be organised.  We stopped off at Publix (supermarket chain) and bought individual salads to improve our diet!   We were back home around

Mickey

Mickey

2000hrs, minimal food needed and bed, totally exhausted.

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