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Courtesy of Disney we attended this years MNSSHP



























































































































































































































































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Epcot, Food and Wine Festival then MNSSHP tonight.

Start of the day 2cups of Coffee



Sky liner is running tests. The Gondolas run quite fast and almost silent at the station.



International gateway entrance












Jamming Chefs



Spaceship Earth












Soarin





















Bendy tower






Hidden mickey



Test track












Venison Stew from the Alps Norway Kiosk. $6






The advertising picture :-)



Madras Red Curry and godfather lager






Piri piri shrimp
I’m not a big seafood lover but these were delicious






Now suffering from Brain Freeze after a Blood Orange Alcoholic Shaved Ice









Found Belgian Waffles and Beer Flight, i might never move from this spot :-)












Time for MNSSHP









Arrived yesterday at Disney BoardWalk Villas to be greeted by some great Disney Magic in my room.













































6am rope drop at DHS






06:28 entering smugglers run entrance



06:55 now boarding the ride












Breakfast : Ronto Roast



Morning Oats, this was oats mixed with fruit






Stoping off for a cheeky drink in the Cantina



Coming up, Fuzzy Tauntaun, dagobah slug slinger, jedi mind trick and a t-16 skyhopper









No queue at Build a Droid






Bo peep in Toy Story Land is very popular with a long queue



At the end of June we did a 4 night city break to Krakow. We flew from East Midlands airport on Ryan Air, now this was my very first flight with Ryan Air and the only thing that kept going through my head all through the booking process and flight was the song "Flights for 50p" by facinatingada, if you don't know what I am referring to then do a youtube search for "Flights for 50p" and watch this hilarious parody of Ryan Air.

Anyway all in all the flight was uneventful and I was pleasantly surprised, I know Ryan Air get a lot of stick but if the flights are all like the one we did then I would be more than happy to use them again in the future.

We stayed at Andels hotel which is just a short walk from the main square, we have stayed here previously and love the modern contemporary style of this hotel and the friendliness of the staff. We used their airport transfers which were cheaper than the taxis.

This is our second visit to Krakow, the first time we didn't do any tours, just spent our time around the old town, drinking, eating and watching the world go by.

This time we decided to do some tours, we did a horse and cart tour of old town, a golf buggy tour of old town, Jewish quarter and schindlers factory. We also did a full day semi guided tour to Auschwitz and the Salt mines.


























































































Over in the Ghetto there is a very poignant monument made up of 70 over sized bronze chairs. The monument symbolises the persecution of the Jews in Krakow who were ordered in to the Ghetto. The chairs represent the furniture that the Germans threw out of the windows in the liquidation of the Ghetto in 1943, where Jews fit for work were deported to labour camps and those unfit were killed in the streets. The chairs face in different directions symbolising the deportation routes from the Ghetto.



I was in two minds as to whether I wanted to take photos of Auschwitz, I always feel uneasy taking photos of places where atrocities have happened. We went to ground zero in New York a couple of years ago and I couldn't bring myself to use my camera. However it is encouraged that you take pictures of Auschwitz so that people don't forget what happened here.

If you haven't studied Auschwitz in any detail then like me you may not realise that Auschwitz is made up of 3 main camps.

Auschwitz 1 was a Polish Army Baracks that the Germans took over and converted it into a concentration/death camp.

Auschwitz 2 (Birkenau) was a purpose built concentration/death camp. It was 10 times the size of Auschwitz 1

Auschwitz 3 (Monowitz) a smaller sub-camp built to house prisoners as slave labour for the Buna Werke industrial complex.

There were quite a few areas that I still couldn't bring myself to photograph, so I post some of the photos I did manage to take during the tour.










































Moving from Auschwitz 1 to the large Auschwitz 2, the first thing that strikes you is the entrance. This is where the trains carrying the Jewsand others came through. The only thing waiting on the other side of the entrance was torment and death for the prisoners.

Auschwitz 2 (Birkenhau) was designed by the Germans for one purpose and that was to eradicate the Jews on an industrial scale.


















Remains of one of the Gas chambers situated right at the end of the train line.

The Germans destroyed the chamber at the end of the war to try and hide the evidence of what happened here.






One of the huts that housed hundreds of prisoners.



Inside the huts the prisoners slept in these small uncomfortable beds, there were several prisoners to each of the beds,






Most of the huts were destroyed by the Nazis at the end of the war to hide the evidence.









After an emotional tour of Auschwitz camps our tour guide took us to Wieliczka Salt Mine.

The Salt Mine is one of the most valuable cultural monuments in Poland, visited each year by over a million tourists from around the world. It is also a world class historical monument and as such is inscribed in UNESCOs First World list of cultural and natural heritage.

When you enter the mine you have a very long walk down hundreds of wooden steps to the bottom of the mine, some 130 meters straight down. Luckily there is a lift back to the surface.



The pictures don't really do the mine justice as they don't give a true sense of scale. The mine is massive, the tour only covers 1% of the actual mine but it still takes a couple of hours to se what is in that 1%.

The main attraction of the salt mine is all of the intricate carvings that the miners have created in the mine. In their spare time the miners carved out of the Salt Rock, many statues and carvings depicting battles and religious scenes. There are full churches and a cathedral carved out of the rock.
























One of the many chandeliers created from Salt Crystals





















I was in Prague last week and thought I'd share some of the pictures taken during the trip.
These photos were all taken on my iPhone so may not be the best, but for those that haven't been to this beautiful city it will give you a glimpse of some of the wonderful architecture.

We were expecting it to be snowing but unusually for this time of year it was dry and overcast most of the days with the sun occasionally breaking through.



A view from the Astronomical clock tower looking over the old town square towards our hotel, we were staying in the Ventana hotel just off the square, it the one set back slightly middle right of this photo.
If you are planning a trip to Prague, then I can highly recommend this hotel, it is 5* very friendly and the location couldn't be any better.



The Astronomical Clock















Charles bridge



Prague Castle and Cathedral
















































































































































































































































Today is our last full day, but being parked out we have a relaxing day by the resort pool, there is a quiet pool near our room and we have the pool to ourselves.

Later we have Citricos booked for dinner then off to EPCOT for illuminations












Our Table is located directly opposite the kitchen and we are treated almost to a chefs table as the executive Chef is next to us and giving us a personal experience of the dishes his team are preparing.



Served with the bread is an extra taster dish of Pork Belly and slaw.



My starter is Roasted Beets with Goats cheese



Tracy has the 'Crispy fried yellow tomato and buffalo mozzarella' to start.



We both have the Oak Grilled Fillet which was to die for, succulent and very tasty.



A creme brle with fresh fruits for me to finish the meal.



Tracy has the Tiramisu.

Citricos is an excellent fine dining restaurant which I couldn't fault in anyway.
The Staff are very friendly and explain the menu extensively. The Head chef and his staff give a personal service to what they do and that shows in the quality of the food.
This restaurant is now at the top of my list of fine dining restaurants available with DDP.



Off to EPCOT for Illuminations to spend our last night here.






Today we are at Blizzard Beach then this evening we have booked Cirque Du Soleil and Ragland Road for Dinner.

The DIBB Busy Day Guide has Blizzard Beach down as a recommended park and the park happens to be the quietest I have ever seen a water park, as you will see in the following photo tour of Blizzard Beach it is virtually empty.





















Empty Private Cabannas



Empty seating area






Spot the guest



Not so hidden Mickey



Another empty seating area































































The day started a little overcast which may have kept some people away but I have never seen a water park this quiet.
These photos of Blizzard Beach were taken after lunch between 1-2pm.



On to Downtown Disney for the 6pm showing of Cirque Du Soleil.






Last time I saw La Nouba was several years ago so I was looking forward to the show and it didn't disappoint, the show was fantastic.









On to Ragland Road for Dinner


















A Guinness to start the evening meal



Tracy opted for the Fish and Chips which she said was delicious.



I opted for the "Bangers and Booze"
Sausage and Mash with Guiness Beef Stew.

This was very tasty, I have had some great meals on this holiday and this was one of the best, if I could got away with licking the plate I would have done :-)



For dessert Tracy had the "Dundon's Delight" Raspberry Pavlova with ice cream and raspberry sauce.



For me, "Fluffy Lemon Clouds", Lemon Curd Tart with Meringue.

Ragland Road is a great place to eat, the restaurant is very lively with a live band playing and table top Irish Dancers.
The food is great quality with good flavours and friendly staff.

I think with this restaurant it will depend on where you are seated as to your experience, some seats are quieter than others and some are tucked away so you can't see the entertainment.

Because of the music and dancers it does attract people standing around just watching which again depending on where your table is could mean you have people stood blocking your view of the stage.

The music, dancing, live band and the good food make this a great choice for evening entertainment.


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Park Hours - Tuesday 19/11/2019

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Magic Kingdom
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Epcot
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Animal Kingdom
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8:00pm
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9:00am
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9:00pm
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5:00pm
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Universal Studios
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SeaWorld
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