Sunday, June 27, 2010

Final Days in Florida

After doing the Disney thing for a few days, and on the Friday morning of the Memorial Day Long Weekend, we checked out of our resort and headed for a few days on the coast. My perfect idea of a totally relaxing holiday involves sitting on a beach, and since they're in short supply in Calgary, I wasn't about to pass up the opportunity to go to one!
We went to Sanibel, which is a tiny island just off Florida's Gulf Coast, near the city of Fort Meyers. It's uniquely located in the currents, and is known for being an excellent place for sea shell collectors due to this. And it's beautiful!

Lots of shells on the bottom - had to wear shoes or end up with cut feet!

I spent a lot of time doing this, and came back with lots of shells.

We went on a sunset boat cruise, and the first mate got this fluke shot of us, the sunset and a flock of pelicans. Lovely!
We left Sanibel early Monday morning and booked it back to Orlando to catch our flight back to Calgary. Our trip home was a gong show due to a cancelled flight out of Toronto, but we made it! I'd definitely go back to Florida again - it's warm, humid, sunny and surrounded by ocean, which makes it pretty much perfect in my books! :)
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Florida Days 6 and 7

May 26 (Trevor's birthday) was our first day at Epcot.

We had lunch in France - so yummy!

We stayed late in the park for the fireworks, and all the buildings around the lake were lit up. This is the Canada pavilion.

Our second day at Epcot we mostly visited the Land pavilion and the Sea pavilion.

The Sea pavilion was my fave! :)
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Friday, June 11, 2010

Florida Days 4 and 5

Day 4 in Florida (the Monday of the Canadian long weekend) was spent sleeping, resting, eating and shopping.
Yummy lemon filled Krispy Kreme

Day 5 was spent at the Magic Kingdom - hence the Captain Jack impersonator! He was really spot-on.

The Swiss Family Treehouse - one of my first and favourite movies of all time

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Florida Day 3

Our third day in Florida was spent at Disney's Hollywood Studios for Star Wars weekend. Totally awesome.

Nothing says "good morning" like a display of Imperial might

Pretty much the best ride ever. They're re-doing it this summer, for the first time since the original series came out. I'm glad I saw it before it went all Clone Wars.

It's Indiana Jones! Actually, his stunt double, but he's got the hat so it's ok.

Queen Susan, me, High King Peter. The lighting was too bad and the camera nearly dead, so I didn't get a picture of Prince Caspian's armor, but it was there. *swoon* :)

I would have uploaded a picture of the Toy Story ride, which was my absolute favourite, but I was having too much fun to take a picture!

And if you ever happend to find yourself at Holywood Studios, I highly reccomend the buffet at Hollywood and Vine - SO good!
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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Florida - the first two days

We had a great time in Florida...this is the first of a series of posts with a few photo highlights...check out my webalbum for more!
We arrived in Orlando on a Friday afternoon, and after checking into our resort (thanks to my in laws and their timeshare!) we headed to Downtown Disney for sightseeing and dinner. On Saturday we drove to the coast and spent most of the day touring Kennedy. We went to church at a Lutheran church in Viera, and finished up the day with dinner at Coco beach. Much fun!

Ogopogo made it all the way from Kelowna to Downtown Disney! With a little help from the Lego store...

The NASA Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Centre

Sunset at Coco Beach
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Friday, June 04, 2010

Catching Up

I can't believe last time I posted was the end of April! Is anyone even still reading this thing? :P

One of the highlights of the past few months was getting brand new windows and outdoor in all the townhouses in our complex. They look really nice and will hopefully be excellent for our resale value. They really perk the place up.

In early May I went to a Jeans and Classics Abba tribute at the Calgary Philharmonic. It was fabulous - Dad said they really sounded and acted like the real thing. That was before my time so I can't comment on that, but it was a lot of fun. I can't recommend the Philharmonic enough! They have a really exciting line up for the next season that I'm looking forward to. You should check it out!

I also went to Stars on Ice, which was a good show. I totally forgot to take a camera, which was disappointing. Virtue and Moir skated, and so did Joannie Rochette. I haven't been to Stars on Ice in about 10 years, so this was a good time to go and cheer for our Canadian Olympic medalists!

Stay tuned - hopefully in the next couple of days I'll write a post about our epic trip to Florida - it was so much fun! If you're dying for a sneak peek, check out my web album for some photos and a few pithy comments. :)