Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Daytona Beach To Disney World--Come Explore The Sunshine State With Me

I traveled to Daytona Beach and Disney World in April of 2006.  We spent two days lounging on the beach and enjoyed soaking up the rays of the Florida sun.  We dined at a unique 50s style restaurant chain called Johnny Rockets, it was like a dinner through time.  

After the beach, there was much more fun to come.  We spent the rest of our vacation at Walt Disney World.  We decided to take one park a day, to see that we get the most of our trip.  We visited the Magic Kingdom first, we were greeted by the southern bells on Main Street U.S.A. and gazed at Cinderella's castle in front of us.  The place is so enchanting, it made me feel like I was 8, when I was really 18.  There are so many rides to ride in Magic Kingdom that you may not have enough time to ride everything .  Here are some of the better rides to ride. You have to ride all the mountains--Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain.  The Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean and Peter Pan's flight.  Also, no trip the Magic Kingdom is complete without riding the ever poplar "It's A Small World".    
Day 2- We visited The Animal Kingdom.  It is a park that is dedicated to all the Disney animal characters.  The park is more like a big zoo.  There are not many rides at this park.  There is one ride there that is my favorite ride in all of Disney, Expedition Everest.
Day 3- We took the famous monorail to Epcot.  It is a very futuristic place.  My favorite ride there is called Space ship Earth, which is actually located inside the Epcot Ball.  Other rides that should be visited is Soarin, Test Track and Mission Space.  The World Showcase is a place where you can travel all over the world in one location.  Each country has events and activities that are original to the country.
Day 4-  Our final day was spent in Disney's MGM Studios.  The entire park was themed like the days of old Holly Wood.  Characters walked around like old movie stars of the 20s.  Special rides to visit are the Holly Wood Tower of Terror Hotel, The Rock and RollerCoaster.  Special shows to see are the Indiana Jones show, The Muppet Show and the back lots tour.

The point of Disney is that no matter how many travel magazines and videos you read, you will never be able to see all of Disney in one trip.  But by limiting yourself to just seeing the most important sites, you will make your trip to Disney the best it could be.  

Monday, March 14, 2011

California Here We Come

We had just celebrated spring break, and I unfortunately didn't get to travel anywhere due to school work and just work in general.  But were all gonna go on a five minute vacation right now.  I visited southern California a couple years back now, but I still remember every image from the trip.  Our group visited all the sites from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles via the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, a highway that runs along the coast.  The picture below shows me in front of the old mission Santa Barbara.  One of the many old Spanish missions along the coast.  It was truly a site to see, (Notice the black bird to the left).  The picture at the top of the page is beautiful Malibu, the houses are right on the beach and can cost millions of dollars.  I was on celebrity watch the entire trip.  We visited the pier in Santa Monica, Sunset Boulevard, Venice beach and Hollywood.  My celebrity watch did pan out in Hollywood.  I spotted the star Monique, she was promoting her reality television show Charm school.    

The weather in California is very sunny and warm, but you never sweat because there is very low humidity and there is always a generous amount of wind coming off the ocean.  The skyline in California was cloudless every day when we were visiting.  Many people also ask me "Are there really surfers in California?"  and my answer is always "Yes", there were many surfers in the ocean when we would go to the beach.  Another California experience was when we ate at In and Out Burger.  It is something that we in Pennsylvania don't have the pleasure of enjoying. It was the best burger and fries I ever had.      

This is a picture of our plane 30,000 feet in the air getting ready to descend into LAX.  The experience that I got from So Cal is that IT IS EVERYTHING IT IS CRACKED UP TO BE.

Henry Ford Museum--Greenfield Village, lets travel to the past

Sorry viewers I have been so busy the last couple of weeks, I haven't had a chance to blog.  When I visited Michigan, our group visited the town of Deer born.  Here is where the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village is located.  Visiting museums was never a big hobby of mine, so I expected it to be boring.  I was so wrong.  After visiting there, I feel that it is truly a place everyone should visit at least once in their life.  The building resembled a warehouse that is a shrine to American history.  To name some of the few important items on display at the village was the 1961 Lincoln Continental that President Kennedy was assassignated in, the chair Abraham Lincoln sat in when he was shot and the bus that Rosa Parks rode on when she refused to give up her seat.  
The museum is truly all American and I felt much pride and astonishment as I walked through it.  I think the most amazing part of the museum is that we forget where these items in history are located (They are all located at the Henry Ford Museum). 

Greenfield Village is right next door to the Henry Ford Museum and it is just as amazing.  Every building at Green field Village was taken down and rebuilt by hand.  The village has many famous buildings.  Some being the Wright brothers home and Thomas Eddison's laboratory.  The village also offers steam locomotive rides and rides in original model T cars.  If you are looking for a quick get away, visit the Henry Ford Museum and Green field village in Deer born, Michigan.