Thursday, February 25, 2016
This time of year is absolutely amazing in Central Florida!
The weather is typically just right with very few rain showers, the crowds are
not horribly bad and there is one other reason that makes February through
April a great time to visit Central Florida. I know you may be thinking Epcot’s
Flower and Garden Festival, and while you are close, we need to drive a little
farther towards Orlando to find the reason that I am speaking about, Universal
Studios Orlando’s Mardi Gras Celebration.
That’s right, Universal Studios pulls out all the stops for this
celebration every year. I have to admit that Mardi Gras is most likely the
number one reason why we keep our annual passes to Universal Studios.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
The lyric from The LEGO Movie’s signature song perfectly sums up the new 4-D movie, The LEGO Movie 4-D: A New Adventure. This awesome theatrical attraction can be seen exclusively at LEGOLAND theme parks and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers. The LEGO Movie 4-D: A New Adventure brings Emmet and his friends back together. It’s a sequel to the blockbuster The LEGO Movie, where Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure is mistakenly identified as the key to saving the world.
The LEGO Movie 4-D: A New Adventure is set after the events of the movie. This 12 ½-minute story finds the gang entangled in an Evil Secret Plot involving a mysterious theme park inspired by their adventures in The LEGO Movie, one that requires them to call on the Master Builder skills of a surprise ally to save the day.
Returning to voice their iconic characters are actors Elizabeth Banks (Wyldstyle), Nick Offerman (MetalBeard), Charlie Day (Benny) and Alison Brie (Unikitty).
Added to the cast is Risky Business. Who is Risky Business? He is a unique mix of arrogance and frustration, and is voiced by Patton Oswalt. But you will have to see the movie to find out all about his evil plans.
Almost 200 artists and technicians at Los Angeles-based Pure Imagination Studios supplied their expertise in crafting cutting-edge 3D computer animation. It has a mix of humor, action, and adventure wrapped into 4-D fun. Even the red carpet entrances are interactive. It is a great addition to LEGOLAND.
I think this new multisensory experience is a must see for LEGOLAND guests. We love it.
For more information, visit www.LEGOLANDDiscoveryCenter.
When you go to LEGOLAND check out the LEGOLAND Hotels. More than two million LEGO bricks make up over 2,000 Lego models all over the hotels! Choose the room theme you like the best.Talk about an awesome sleepover!
LEGO Friends Rooms are now available to book!
Your fans can be some of the first to stay and play in their very own piece of Heartlake City! Complete with the Café, Stables and guests' very own LEGO tree house. The themed rooms are available for stays beginning . Limited availability but a lot of awesomeness!
|Lori Fries, Official Legoland Blogger|
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Woke up to crazy swollen feet today. I've been drinking a ton of water but I guess not enough! Breakfast was a dry cake and water. Our first stop today was the Coliseum. There were people outside that were illegally selling souvenirs. I could tell by the way they wanted me to hide when I was handing them my money. Roman guards were watching things going on outside the gates. If you wanted a photo with them, it was 10€! It was so neat to see these ancient ruins but there was a lot of scaffolding surrounding it for cleaning and maintenance. After looking around and taking photos of the inside of the Coliseum, we explored the surrounding grounds.
Next on our exploration today was the Vatican. After a quick food truck lunch of a pizza panini, Pringles and water, we headed that way. The line to get into the Vatican was long, as we waited on our guide. The walk consisted of a ton of steps and several hills.
After we completed the guided tour we had a bit of time to shop. I purchased an authentic rosary and had it blessed at the Vatican. We were to meet up with the rest of the group at the bottom of the Spanish Steps before heading off to dinner.
Supper was authentic pizza at Restorante degli Amici. It was delicious! For dessert, we once again had gelato.
After the meal we were taken on a night tour of Rome. Most of this was via bus but there was still some walking. We saw the Pantheon as well as the Trevi fountain. The Trevi was closed for repairs and cleaning but we could still view it. I also found a cannoli! After a long day of touring, we headed back to the hotel to rest up before Pompeii.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
On day 8, we woke up early for a hotel breakfast. Scrambled eggs, bacon and croissants with Nutella! It appears most of Europe has a Nutella addiction.
After breakfast, we loaded back on the bus and rode for about 2.5 hours to Assisi. We stopped at a little shop that offered free samplings of native wines and foods. I let Clay try the strawberry wine, I thought it was delicious, he on the other hand...let's just say I don't have to worry about him being a drinker.
There were also cheeses, sausages, truffles, olive oils, chocolates and spices. We also tried some of the truffle spread with cayenne pepper on a cracker. It was ok, but I am not really a fan of truffles. Clay bought a giant chocolate bar. Several people bought some oils, wine and sausage to bring home.
Assisi was the most gorgeous town I have ever visited.
We walked through the town and stopped to have a delicious lunch at Ristoranti Pizzeria Monaci. Clay and I split a lasagna and it was amazing! The others at our table had pizza.
|Italian Olive Oil and Spices|
Assisi was the most gorgeous town I have ever visited.
|making wishes at Assisi|
|Assisi was gorgeous|
|Walk Way to the Restaurant|
|First real Italian meal, lasagna|
|The walk back up....|
|Shop owner making fresh sausage|
After a long walk back to the bus, we got more gelato....chocolate again.
We hopped back on the bus and headed towards Rome! The hotel was very modern in design but they didn't believe very much in ice or air conditioning. Tomorrow we Rome!
Friday, February 20, 2015
|Eurostar to Florence, yes we are still tired.|
Florence was a very historical and beautiful city. We walked through street markets and shops. There were so many street performers and if you stopped to watch, you were expected to pay.
|Streets of Florence|
|Our first, of many, gelatos|
After 6 hours of walking, on very little sleep, We boarded a bus and headed to our hotel. We were staying at Hotel Europa. We all unpacked and freshened up a bit and headed down to supper.
The resort room itself was pretty spacious but the bathrooms were tiny and the hair dryer was kinda crazy. We hit the bed soon after supper and went right to sleep!