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Disney World

Dinner and the resort

Last night's dinner was at the Biergarten restaurant in the Germany exhibit in World Showcase in Epcot. The dinner is buffet style with family seating, German servers and some excellent German beer. My table mates were a nice couple from Jefferson City MO, who wanted to do Disney without the kids to see what they missed the last time they were here. I had a 7:05pm reservation, and I was seated in about 10 minutes. The food was good, and the German show band was wonderful. Epcot in the evening is a bustling place, especially during the holidays. I am staying at the Port Orleans French Quarter resort which is in the Downtown Disney sector of the park. Location is everything when visiting Disney. Because you have to bus to everything from a majority of the resorts, the transport time can be considerable. It took me almost 85 minutes to get from the resort to the Germany pavilion. I was going to allow only an hour, but decided to go a little early. There was a considerable wait at the resort for the bus, and, due to the loop it takes, there were four more resort stops at the Port Orleans facility before we headed to Epcot. However, the ride home was good - with only a few minute wait for the bus, and a 10 minute ride to the resort, as my stop was the first stop in the loop.


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Disney World

Animal Kingdom

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Since I was in Florida for some family business, I decided to spend a few days at Disney World, updating my experience there. They have instituted a Magic Band electronic ticketing and reservation system that I wanted to make sure that I understood. I am staying at the Port Orleans French Quarter Resort in a river view room. This resort is in the downtown Disney area and you can take a boat to the complex, which I will do tomorrow. I decided to do the Animal Kingdom today, which is relatively quick to go through without little ones. The Expedition Everest roller coaster is robust for Disney, and not being a roller coaster person, was plenty to get that urge out of me. Going backwards, dropping in total darkness is about the most excitement that I can take! I also did the Kilimanjaro safari, which is always fun, even if you have been on safari in South Africa, which was an earlier trip. Dinner tonight is in the German Beirgarten in Epcot, which I am looking forward to.

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Switzerland and the Rhine

Photo Album

I have uploaded my complete photo album for this wonderful trip with wonderful folks.

Please click Rhine Photo Album to enjoy.

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Switzerland and the Rhine

Cruising and Amsterdam

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Our final day aboard AMACello was spent cruising the canal to Amsterdam, followed by a canal cruise and city tour. Amsterdam is the largest city in Holland with almost 800,000 people living within the city limits. In addition to one of the largest commercial centers in Europe, it is also one of the top financial centers of Europe. The historic canals of Amsterdam were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2010. As you would expect the Anne Frank House was under heavy police protection. Of course, no panoramic city tour of Amsterdam would be complete without a drive by of the Red Light District!

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Switzerland and the Rhine

Cologne (Koln) Germany

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Our program today included a walking tour of old historic Cologne including the wonderful Cathedral, one of the largest in Europe, followed by some beer and potato pancakes. Cologne was first settled by the Romans in 50 BC because of its natural harbor and there still are Roman remains being excavated. it is the cultural center of Rhineland. The Cathedral in a UNESCO world heritage site. The most famous product other than beer is Eau de Cologne or "4711", formulated at the beginning of the 18th century.

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