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Old 12-21-2011, 05:00 AM   #736
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Welcome home, Mary Ellen! Loved all your pictures on Facebook! Looking forward to reading all about your trip, so hurry up and get your Christmas prepping done.
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Old 12-21-2011, 09:32 AM   #737
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ME, if you do decide to become a tour guide in Charleston when you retire, I can make your historical clothes!
Thanks doris! I am sure they would be beautiful and very authentic. I definitely wouldn't mind being a tour guide. I like to talk and I'm not shy.

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I do so love old houses! I understand the no touch & no picture rules. Flash photos cause damage to textiles & paper, touching will eventually ruin the pieces from skin oils. When we had a historical log cabin furnished with our own antiques along with the sites things, people would pick things up & sit on our bed & furniture! We lived in the cabin all weekend during events.
I understand the rule as well. If one person touches, millions will touch. And I certainly understand the flash rule. However, I don't quite understand why you can't take non flash pictures other than the fact that you now own a copy of something they want you to see in person.

I don't think I would be comfortable having people tour through my house. It's definitely not for everyone!

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OKW is a resort that I would like to try! Have a great time!
We had a great time and we all really enjoyed OKW. It wasn't my favorite DVC, but it certainly had a great, laid back, down home feel to it.

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That Bakery had some yummy looking things in their case. That's funny a bakery sold cocktails.
The stuff in that bakery looked AMAZING! It was so hard to choose. And I think the cocktails are a great idea, especially since martinis are getting more and more creative!


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Beautiful sunset pics, the pics of the waterfront in Charleston were pretty too.
Thank you! We really did experience the most beautiful sunsets there. It was unbelievable. And charleston - well, you already know I can't wait to go back.

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Have a great trip!! Can't wait to hear all about it.
Thanks! We had a great time and I have one more HHI update then its all about Disney!


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Everything in Charleston looks gorgeous...especially the items in that bakery!! That cheesecake looks awesome!
That cheesecake was probably the best I've ever had. It really was delicious! And if I go back to Charleston (which I better), I will definitely be going back.

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Well, again, have a fantastic trip!! Can't wait to hear all about it!
We had a fantastic time! Thanks!

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Love the pics...wow them houses look huge!!

Those houses were amazing. Architectually they are very different from the houses here in the Northeast. Every single one was unique and beautiful.

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Yay on finally getting some food! I'm pretending that I'm stood on a verandah whilst looking at your shots and all I can say is what a view! I could easily get used to seeing that on a daily basis

The view from that one balcony was outstanding. I can't imagine what it would be like to see that every day. WOW!

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Kaminsky's bakery looks amazing as does your velvet cheesecake! Seeing those isn't helping with my mission to stay away from sweet things!

That cheesecake was amazing. It was better than any dessert I had in Disney this trip. Kaminsky's is what dessert should be!

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Great pics of the sunset once again..you sure lucked out with them on this trip.

I did luck out on the sunsets, didn't I? But something tells me there are a lot of beautiful sunsets in that region of the world.

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Have an amazing time at Disney World!!!!
Thank you! We had a wonderful trip! I look forward to reliving the details!

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Enjoying your Charleston photos. Those houses are gorgeous. And a bakery with a bar... now there's some good thinkin'.
Charleston was wonderful and I agree that the bar in the bakery was some forward thinking!

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I may not catch you before your departure so have a great time and say hi to Mickey for me!
I thought of you often this trip! It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed trying some new adult beverages, all for there medicinal effects, of course!

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Okay, now I've added Charleston to my list of places to visit. I'm going to have to take a week or so to hit all these gorgeous southern spots!
Definitely put it on the list because it is so worth visiting. I seriously can't wait to go back and its going to be a much longer trip - at least 8 nights!

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Good thing I had lunch before seeing those pictures from your lunch and dessert!! Oh my!! Looks so yummy!! Although, I didn't have dessert with my lunch.

I'm off in search of a treat...
The food down south was excellent. Really, really good treats everywhere we went and that dessert - to die for! Another reason I can't wait to go back.

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In case I don't "see" you - have a wonderful magical trip!!!
Thanks! We had a really wonderful time!
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:04 AM   #738
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Welcome home! From the pictures you posted on Facebook, it certainly looked as if you had a great time!
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Old 12-21-2011, 06:58 PM   #739
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MEK, a reason for non flash pictures is that some museums consider all of their exhibits exclusive property of the museum. They want to control all images & they are copywrighted.

I took plenty of pictures in the museums & houses at Williamsburg. They are ok as long as no flash is used.
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Your pictures, as always, spectacular.
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But that cheesecake really has my eye at the moment since I am back to dieting. I am just drooling.
Tell me about it! I am trying to start a diet as well and it is definitely going so well with all the food around. I think I'm going to have to wait until Jan 1st to really get started!

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Have a great trip, MEK.
thanks! It was great!

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Gorgeous sunset pics!
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I am seriously hungry just looking at this update, so many yummy noms!
This is one of those times when I'm glad I can't see pictures. Just too darn tempting sometimes!

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Have a wonderful wonderful trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
thanks! It was a lot of fun - just too short! I used to say 4 nights was not enough, but now I have to say that 5 nights is not enough. It needs to be at least 6!

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Hope you have a magical trip!

I am sooooo looking forward to all of the pics!
Thanks Caitlin! We had a wonderful time. I started out a little slow with the pics, but got back up to speed quickly enough. I hope I got some good ones! I know I got a ton of Osbourne light photos.

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Have a very merry trip!
Thanks Anita! It was a great trip, just a little too short. I see you are ready to make a return in just a couple days. I hope you have a wonderful time as well.

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Love your pictures of Charleston!! Such a beautiful city!!
Thanks Jen! It really is a gorgeous city and I can't wait until I have th chance to go back. Amazing place.

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Hope you have a great trip!!!!
We had a wonderful time. And what IS the scoop on this January trip rumor??? Do tell!

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I hope you're having a great trip Mary Ellen!
Thanks Glenn! It was a blast. My favorite part was the fabulous weather. Boy do I love Florida in December.

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Hello! Well...I know you're in Disneyworld and I hope you're having a magical trip. All of the pictures of Charleston are beautiful. I really want to take a drive through there someday...on the way to Disneyworld, maybe?
Thanks Tina - we had a great time! Eveyone really enjoyed it.

Charleston was fabulous. You know I definitely recommend it if you ever get a chance to visit. I would say that on the way to Disney world would work just fine.

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I'm so late catching up, loved all the updates.

Hope you're having a fabulous trip! The decorations were so magnificent!
You are not late at all. I am the one who is SO FAR BEHIND NOW! ugghhh - I can't stand it, but little by little I will catch up.

The trip was fabulous and I agree that all the decorations were so much fun. The detailing was great! Christmas decorations just add so much to the parks!
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Little by little I am getting to all my replies. Please be patient. I also hope to have time for a real update tomorrow evening. Fingers crossed!
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I missed your send-off, Mary Ellen, but thank goodness for Facebook updates! I am laughing all your posts on there! Hope you survived your Dawa Bar stop. LOL!
I think I may have posted too many drink pictures because my friends at home think all I do is drink. I think I only posted 3 drink pictures on three different days. Anyway - loved the lost on safari. I drank the first one so fast because I was thirsty and then it hit me all of a sudden - woo!

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Welcome home Hope you had a fabulous trip!! I know we all can't wait to hear about it

Tracy
We had a great time, but I feel sad that I'm home already. My trip was just too short. Normally I feel pretty ready to go home and I'm prepared for it. But this time I felt like I was kicking and screaming all the way to the airport.

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Welcome home, MaryEllen. Loved the FB updates, and can't wait to read about the trip.
Thanks! I hope I can do an update tonight - or at least finish up a few details on the HHI trip!
We'll see. I have so much to do. that's the only bad thing about a pre Christmas vacation.

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Welcome back Mary Ellen!

I'm glad you had a great time and can't wait to hear all about it!
Thanks! We had an awesome time and I can't wait to write all about it. It will be my entertainment for the winter months ahead.

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I don't work for DVC, but welcome home anyway!
Ahh - thanks! I need someone to welcome me back to Delaware, even though I really don't want to be here and would much rather be back in the sun and warmth.

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Welcome back! Can't wait to hear all about it.
Thanks! We had a great time. Different than the girls trips. Less relaxing and restaurant time and more commando park time. I'm not sure if that's good or bad, just different.

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Welcome back!!! Glad you guys had a great time!!
Thanks - it was hard to leave! I think my next winter trip is going to have to be in January. You've got the right idea, although I did love all the Christmas decorations.

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Greetings, good to see that you are back. Get ready for Christmas, then get back to us!
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Welcome back! And now its almost Christmas!
Thanks.

I know - I am starting to panic a little bit for Christmas. I still haven'y started wrapping. Hopefully by tomorrow all the wrapping paper will be half price.

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I know what you mean about the weather. It really is amazing to walk around and not be sweating...
It really was. It's been three years since I was there in the "nice" weather and it was fabulous. almost intoxicating. Unfortunately, its making me dread June just a little.

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Have a wonderful Christmas!
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Welcome home, Mary Ellen! Loved all your pictures on Facebook! Looking forward to reading all about your trip, so hurry up and get your Christmas prepping done.
Glad you enjoyed my silly pictures. I would really like to finish up my HHI report tonight so I can start on Disney right after Christmas. I do love reliving my trips!

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Welcome home! From the pictures you posted on Facebook, it certainly looked as if you had a great time!
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Welcome home! Can't wait to hear all about it.
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MEK, a reason for non flash pictures is that some museums consider all of their exhibits exclusive property of the museum. They want to control all images & they are copywrighted.

I took plenty of pictures in the museums & houses at Williamsburg. They are ok as long as no flash is used.
I know - that's what I was trying to say. I just didn't say it too well, did I?

Williamsburg definitely was more laid back when it came to picture taking. The best was when I visited the historic houses in Odessa Delaware (just a few miles from my house). I was able to take tons of pics. I didn't bring my camera thinking pictures would be restricted, so I had to use my phone. But I still got a few good shots!

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Welcome Home Mary Ellen!! I'm so glad you had a fantabulous trip!!! I really enjoyed following you on FB and I can't wait to hear more about it!! Isn't the weather in the winter at Disney wonderful!!

Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!
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Mary Ellen, For you and your family wishing you a Merry Christmas
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Bye to HHI

Thanks for all the wonderful holiday wishes. I promise replies, but I thought I might have a few minutes to wrap up my HHI trip this morning.

Our last day of the trip was Friday October 28th. Time to pack up and hit the road home. We decided not to rush out of there in the morning and I was up early so I could take one final trip down to the beach house. I decided to run there. I calculated that its about 1.5 miles for anyone who wants to know and may walk there in the future.

Hello Beach House (I took these pictures with my phone)





It was before 8am so I figured the beach house might be locked and I was right.

I could see through the slats in the closed gate, but I could not get in. It was such a bummer, because as I was trying to figure out a way to get to the beach, the sun was rising on another gorgeous day. Check out that little sliver of sunrise next to the column in the middle.



Well - Do you really think a locked gated was going to keep me off the beach?????? Heck NO!

I decided to look to the right of the building and that's when I realized that there is an actual parking area under the beach house. I was also able to scoot around the outer aspect of the fence and......TA DA......I was in! I was able to walk around the outside of the beach house to the beach. Of course, I missed the best part of the sunrise, but the morning was absolutely spectacular. WOW!

It made me a little sad to realize that Disney would never have accommodations with a sunrise view. I bet it would be awesome to stay in one of the resorts that actually face the beach.

Here's some pictures of me "breaking in"





And the beautiful morning



Yes - there really is a person out there on a wake board (I think that's what its called). Our kayak tour guide told us these are quite popular, but a ton of work and really not that much fun.



However, I think it was a quite fabulous morning to be out in the ocean.



Another view of the sky




The beach houses behind me





It's nice that HHI gives you bags. That sure doesn't happen here in Delaware.




I really had a lovely visit to the beach. I took a 15 minute walk and picked up as many shells as I could stuff in the pocket of my running shorts.

You can see that I certainly wasn't alone that early in the morning



I also amused myself my making hidden mickeys in the sand



I walked back to the beach house on the Palmetto Dunes side



One last picture as I left the beach



This is when I realized that Palmetto Dunes actually shares the Beach House, although at first glance it does not appear that way. But there is a separate side entrance to the Signals and there are a separate set of rest rooms on that side of the building






Cute seating area



By now the beach house was unlocked, so I took one last look inside



So hard to leave this



But, alas, I had probably been gone too long already and I'm sure the girls were already up, so I started to run back.

I took this picture just as a reminder that there are other close places to rent bike, ect right near the BH



I stopped to take a picture of this beautiful golf course, although the picture does not do it justice



And one last picture of the marina near the resort




P and L were already up and packing and may have been a bit irritated with me for not doing the same, so I busted into overdrive and started taking things out to the car while they went for a final short walk to try to find T-shirts.

If I thought getting the backs up the stairs was hard, getting them downstairs was worse, especially the cooler. I could not control its descent and its was picking up more and more speed as it was barreling down the steps. Fortunately, there was a wonderful groundsman who came to my rescue and helped me with the cooler and some other luggage.

Now where else would that happent????? No where but Disney!

Continued in next post.......

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