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Disneyland Paris – Day 2

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Getting up at 6:30am on Saturday 31st August was a killer but we had to be ready for breakfast at 7:00. I could quite happily eat croissants and Pan au Chocolate every morning. These were accompanied by a choice of serial, fruit cocktail, yoghurt with apple puree, toast with spreads and cheeses. Juice, tea a coffee were available to self-serve. We had everything we needed to start an energetic day, and once we were done, we went back to our room to get ready for the parks. This time I had everything planned out, and the fact that we had a two-hour head start before the regular ticket holders (people not staying at a Disney hotel) arrived made it even better. First stop was Fantasyland where we enjoyed some of the smaller rides such as ‘Dumbo the Flying Elephant’, ‘Mad Hatters Tea Cups’ and the rather amusing ‘Alice’s Curious Labyrinth. Unfortunately ‘Peter Pan’s Flight’ was closed for maintenance. And despite a spot of rain, it didn’t ruin our morning.

Our next stop was Discoveryland and ‘Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast’ which was fun. By the time we had finished those rides and had a walk around, it was 10am and time for all of the rides to open, so we headed to Adventureland where we went on ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril’ which is a looping roller coaster. We then took a short walk to Frontierland where we obtained a Fastpass ticket (which is free) to come back to ‘Big Thunder Mountain’ (one of the most popular rides and one with the longest wait time) in the afternoon. To pass the time we went to ‘Phantom Manor’ which is pretty self explanatory and then back to Fantasyland where we met our first character.

We waited around 45 minutes for ‘Winnie the Pooh’, the queue was quite long and we had back ache by the time we reached him. It was worth it as he was adorable. I know! your thinking ‘it’s just a guy in a costume’. But the characters have been well trained and their mannerisms are spot on. it’s also great to see the reactions from the children.

It was then time to return to ‘Big Thunder Mountain’ for a short wait with our fast passes. This is like a high-speed mine train with no loops but a fantastic view of the surrounding area as you go around. We had worked up quite a appetite by this time and went ‘Earl of Sandwich’. It’s great value for money but unfortunately I didn’t find the food as enjoyable second time around but it was still good none the less. After that quick stop, I introduced Jordan to the ‘Walt Disney Studios Park’. The queues were all quite long for the rides here but it was nearly time for the action packed stunt show so we went to watch that.

We still had ages left in the parks. That early start meant we could pack a hell of a lot in, so we Witnessed the ‘Stars ‘n’ Cars Parade’ in the studios park and ‘Disney Magic on Parade’ in the Disneyland park, both of which I had seen last year and you can view my photo’s by clicking on the links. We went on my favourite ride, ‘Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith’… a high-speed loop-the-loop, indoor ride accompanied by Aerosmith tunes which I always find myself singing along to.  Jordan got to meet Minnie mouse and after a tiring day we decided that it was time for dinner.

One of my most recommended eateries is Annettes Diner. This is a 1950’s American, Rock ‘n’ Roll style diner. The staff are friendly and occasionally burst into song and dance for the customers entertainment. Jordan had a standard cheese burger and fries which isn’t as big as most of their other burgers. I loved their veggie burger and their deserts are delicious. some of the waiters/waitresses may also serve you on roller skates, which must take a lot of skill.

To round off the evening, we purchased some Minnie mouse ears in one of the stores and went back to the Disneyland Park to wait for the ‘Disney Dreams’ event, made up of lights, lasers and fireworks. Images are projected onto Sleeping Beauty’s Castle to make up a little story. It really is amazing. People tend to begin their wait up to an hour before the event to ensure a good spot and it can get pretty packed. It started at 11pm and lasted around 20 minutes. Because of the crowds, we had to then endure a very slow walk out of the park and by then we just wanted to go to bed and rest our poor feet.

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Church of St George, La Coruna

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While in La Coruna, Spain we stumbled across a real gem… another church, but this one was bar far the most stunning.

La Palma, Santa Cruz Part 2

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Here’s some more photos I took in La Palma on Sunday 12th May 2013

On Board Independence of the Seas Part 2

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Here’s some more photo’s taken in and around the Royal Caribbean Freedom class ship, Independence of the Seas during my two week holiday from the 4th May to 18th May 2013.

Whirl pool

Whirl pool

Royal PromenadeRoyal Promenade

Birds eye view

Birds eye view

Birds eye view

Birds eye view

Skylight Chapel

Skylight Chapel

Karaoke bar

Karaoke bar

Gym

Gym

Gym

Gym

Studio

Studio

Johnny Rockets

Johnny Rockets

Arcade

Arcade

Library

Library

Service desk

Service desk

Casino

Casino

Casino

Casino

Night club

Night club

nightclub decor

nightclub decor

nightclub decor

nightclub decor

club Seating area

club Seating area

 

 

Dance floor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

club decorNight club model/decor

Defeated

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Consuelo Parra art

Haunted by the past
she tried to run from,
emotionally drained
and feeling defeated,
she fell to her knees
in mercy

Her head in her hands
she tries to catch her breath
in-between sobs
that make her body quake
uncontrollably

she searches for the strength
to get her through
the overwhelming sense of guilt,
left by the lies and deceit
and thinking about the day
she can learn to forgive herself.

Untitled  digital art by Consuelo Parra. Check out her work HERE.

Don’t Judge Me

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Consuelo Parra art

Don’t judge me
as I do not judge
to see is not to know,
though don’t despair

I care not for
your shallow thoughts
and naive comments,
I don’t need your pity
for I show no emotion
and shed no tears

I find comfort in silence
and loneliness is a friend,
for solitude is my savour
in the dim light of day

a stranger to myself
I sit here
in this cruel, cold world
accepting what it brings.

I’d be lying if I said I was completely happy with this piece. I found myself well out of my comfort zone attempting prose for the first time. I’m far more familiar with rhyming poetry but I’m desperate to try it. I want to be able to experiment with styles of poetry. I’d appreciate any feedback no matter how critical.

The artwork above is that of Consuelo Parra entitled ‘Secrets of Forest’. Check out her facebook page

Post 100

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Well I got there! My 100th post. Quite an accomplishment when you don’t know whether your going to stick with blogging or not. But I love it so much and I don’t know what I would do with my spare time if I didn’t have my blog. I was unsure what to write for my first post so I came up with ‘The Joys of Christmas Shopping’ on the 3rd December 2011. Looking back on it it seems pretty lame. I don’t know why I didn’t write a proper introduction about myself at the time as it seems like such a sudden way to begin things. But generally speaking, I don’t think I’ve done too badly. I started my blog because I love sharing things with people, be it people I know or not. I also love to read other people’s blogs too, sometimes we are influenced and inspired more by total strangers.

Here are 10 of my favourite blog posts I have made since joining WordPress:

  1. Vampires Don’t Sparkle
  2. A big Price to Pay for Being Different
  3. Being Human – The Big Change
  4. Disneyland Paris Parade
  5. A Picture with Meaning
  6. A Super Disappointment
  7. Entertainment Media Show
  8. Mini Tea Signing 2012
  9. Sugar Skull
  10. Paignton Zoo

Here’s to the next 100 posts 🙂