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  1. All7OfUs

    All7OfUs <font color=darkorchid>We too are so very NOT into

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    I've been looking for my AK book for the last 20 minutes and can't find it anywhere! Hmmm.. I'll look again tonight, and also on allears.

    I can't remember who that was aimed at; if you want it to be about Jordan, ok. "Rough and ready" can mean a James Dean or Paul Newman sort of handsome, though. Does that change your mind?

    Added after I found: (but sadly NOT from my officially labelled "misplaced") I'm not sure who's really interested in this drivel, but plants sorta turn me on.

    More than 4 million trees, plants, shrubs, ground-covers, vines, epiphytes and grasses from every continent on Earth -- except Antarctica -- were planted.

    The cycad collection along Cretaceous Trail in DinoLand U.S.A. represents the third largest such collection in North America, including direct descendants of the four botanical epochs of plant evolution dating back hundreds of millions of years, including ferns, mosses, conifers, broadleaf plants and the first flowering plants on earth. (Liesa adds: I think the largest is in Pattaya, Thailand at some amazing botanical gardens we visited, and another sizeable one is in Balboa Park, San Diego.)

    If plants don't rock your world, then this might. I know I get a kick out of crap like this:




    Lab technicians have analyzed more than 10,000 samples of animal poop since Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened.
     
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  3. glennbo123

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    Magdalene, thank you for such an informative post!

    Thank you. In contrast to the Vienna portion of the trip, I made no plans for this portion -- partly because we didn't have time to plan. We had such a hard time finding how to contact B (before the trip) that we ended up booking flights directly to Vienna. Then we finally reached him a couple of weeks before and re-booked our flights, adding these few days.

    Yes it is, but no I didn't see any.

    She's all right in my book.

    It was really funny to hear him in a foreign language.

    You just made me realize something....there should really be a pomme fritte stand in the World Showcase! We should start some kind of letter campaign or something. Somebody stop me if there already is one, before I go and make a fool of myself.

    I think around 80. He robbed the cradle when he married E.

    That's a great story! Olen and Schilda must be sister-cities.

    Somewhat, but not exclusively. He's been in a lot of films. I remember when we had only heard of him as "my sister's roommate's cousin" who was trying to be an actor. We heard, "oh he got a part in 'Scent of a Woman'" And then 'Twister'. After a while, we were like "what's his name?"

    I haven't heard whether E2 got to the U.S. Probably not, or I'm sure they would have contacted us.

    Yes, even with the different languages, it was not a problem at all.

    Interesting. Neat that it's so similar in German.

    Doesn't make sense as an appetizer then, does it? Someone needs to get to the bottom of this!

    Thanks for the explanation! There are a few people on these boards, and I won't name names, but those tour companies sound like they were made for them.

    I could have sworn I heard her say "dummkopf" part-way through.

    Good point!
     
  4. All7OfUs

    All7OfUs <font color=darkorchid>We too are so very NOT into

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    There is a fry place near the African Outpost. I know it's not Pommes Frittes, but hey, McDonalds is king- I"m sure they pay a high price to be there! :laughing:


    My ears are burning... I guess the teasing can go both ways... :lmao:
     
  5. glennbo123

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    Hmmmm. "Can mean" sounds like a trap.

    This is all good, but I was originally talking about African art....how much of it is on display at Kidani and Jambo House. The quote I saw was probably in a DVC magazine....don't know if I'll be able to find it.

    What a crappy job....talk about your stinkin' Mondays. I'd much prefer the one Camille mentioned on your thread. :rolleyes1

    That doesn't count....definitely NOT the same!

    I was thinking of Mr. Fondue, but that's saying something if you're feeling guilty.
     
  6. glennbo123

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    For breakfast they had another huge buffet. Everything you could possibly want. We met up with L and B2 who would be touring with us today. I told them to buy a “Vienna card” so we could ride the public transportation.

    We rode the U-bahn (underground subway) to Schloss Schonbrunn – the summer palace of the Habsburg’s, who reigned over Austria until 1918.

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    We took an audio tour of the palace, but unfortunately no photographs were permitted. We’ll see that rule a lot more on this trip too. Mozart played in this palace in the Hall of Mirrors when he was six. Napoleon lived here also in the early 1800’s, but the room he used as an office was being worked on when we toured. One interesting thing was that each of the rooms had a big, ornate, porcelain thing in a corner. They were contained fireplaces that could be fed from the other side (from an interior room), and without any smoke. From there we hiked up to the Gloriette, on the back side of the palace. We also toured the Carriage House museum, which had probably 75-100 carriages and sleighs of the emperors over the 1700-1800’s.

    (You're about to see a series of pictures from our little hike to the Gloriette. So, you'll see back-and-forth shots of Schonnbrun getting farther away and the Gloriette getting closer. Sorry about the back-and-forth.)
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    From there we took the U-bahn to the Belvedere, another palace. It is now an art museum.

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    They had a few impressionist paintings – Van Gogh (finally saw one on this trip), Monet (one from his stay at Giverny), Manet, and Munch. They also had several from a famous Viennese painter, Gustav Klimt. His most famous painting, “The Kiss” is on all kinds of souvenir items in Vienna. Link to view "The Kiss"

    Then we headed back to the hotel and got ready for dinner.

    Our hotel, the Hilton at Stadtpark.
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  7. All7OfUs

    All7OfUs <font color=darkorchid>We too are so very NOT into

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    Answer at your own risk. But in your case I was definitely meaning Teddy Roosevelt style.

    OHhhhhh.... sorry, I was thinking you meant about the botanical collection. I still can't find my book, and I'm starting to have some palpitations. Infarc in eminent!

    I'll have to go find out what she said. I just spent 45 minutes on the phone with DH, so have missed a bit of chatter. Yeah, how'd ya like to dig around in dung all day long?? Reminds me of when I dropped my shoe in the outhouse.

    OK, just for the record, I've never had pommes frittes. Tell me really, how are they different from french fries??

    Guilty as charged. I thought you might be referring to Cherie and I, or at least Mr. Biscuit who loves to wax eloquent on such matters. :rotfl2:
     
  8. FauntleroyFAN07

    FauntleroyFAN07 Commander of Donalds Crew Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy

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    i love how large the buildings are, and very open around them pretty cool stuff.
     
  9. All7OfUs

    All7OfUs <font color=darkorchid>We too are so very NOT into

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    I wonder why they didn't want any photographs taken?? Security, I guess?

    I noticed on one of the buildings up high in gold lettering (Roman) it said Maria Theresa. My kids just learned about her in history. I 'll have to show them this photo tomorrow!!! In fact, I'm going to sit all my kids down tomorrow and show them. I'll quiz my high schoolers on just how much they know about the dynasties of the Hapsburgs! I"m sure I"ll learn a lot too.

    The only word I could make out was verboten. That one I know!
     
  10. Tribilín

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    Ahem... What are they prohibiting here?
     
  11. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    Wonderful pictures!! :goodvibes

    The sign with "verboten" on it said: Don't walk on the ice. Was the fountain/lake/body of water behind the sign frozen? Was it still that cold in March?
     
  12. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    Oh and about the pictures: that's pretty common in old places. I think it might have something to do with the flash damaging old fabrics and such. And since it is easier to monitor a no photography rule than a no flash rule, they go this way?
     
  13. All7OfUs

    All7OfUs <font color=darkorchid>We too are so very NOT into

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    I'm guessing they were saying it was slippery and you weren't supposed to be back there. Obviously the guy that's walking back there didn't give a rip! :lmao:
     
  14. glennbo123

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    He had some cool clothes, but I hope I don't have his smile.

    I went and looked at the DVC magazines online and couldn't find it.

    It was the one you already called me out on, reminding me Judy works with knives.

    They just seem better. It would be so appropriate to have a stand somewhere in the World Showcase.

    I forgot out GB, although I don't know how!

    Well this was the emperor's palace, so he could afford it! I'm sure the garden areas would have been much prettier in summer. This was in March.

    My theory is so you have to buy the expensive book of full-color photos in the gift shop.

    Do you want me to take out the "gute fahrt" photo for a couple of days so they don't get the wrong impression?

    I have a picture of a Maria Theresa statue coming up in a couple of installments.

    It was a warning of ice on the path. You can't see the ice here, but in the shaded areas, where the path was covered by trees, there were some patches of ice.

    I think it was mostly drained.

    Yes, the no flash rule helps preserve the artifacts, but as I said above, I think they wanted to sell souvenir-books.

    You could go there, just had to be careful.
     
  15. All7OfUs

    All7OfUs <font color=darkorchid>We too are so very NOT into

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    Absolutely not! My kids would get a sideache from laughing at that one!
     
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    All7OfUs <font color=darkorchid>We too are so very NOT into

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    Yeti Bribery-

    So you never did get James to ride it. Even with the shameles bribery of plush dolls? Always next year. Best not to force. ;)

    I see you're pulling some fine FiP mojo once again!

    We weinied out on Kali and wore ponchos. :sad2: Good thing, too; we'd have been soaked everyone of us!

    My kids thought Primeval was lame, and wouldn't do it again. What did your crew say?

    Must get an altar picture of it all lined up tidy like with the mountains. So cool!

    We have the exact same picture of the bus, but yours is better cuz there's no intruders. I mean the nerve of people buying ice cream when I'm trying to cop a photo! :rotfl2:

    Here's my favorite of our AK pix.

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    Sheesh, have no idea why it's so grainy!! and sorry it's super-duper-megalooper- sized!! I thought I'd uploaded it smaller?
     
  17. winkers

    winkers <font color=blue>I was stuck in that position and

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    that's the most interesting part..:rotfl:



    The palace...I'm guessing it's pretty/beautiful something.....if my resty German is correct schon means pretty......

    It is gorgeous but can you imagine having to clean all those windows??



    :laughing: look at the sign in the back ground....it's in broken english! That's part of why I love AK so much...the details.:rotfl2:
     
  18. All7OfUs

    All7OfUs <font color=darkorchid>We too are so very NOT into

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    We've laughed at that sign about 1,000 times!! We hear that kind of English every day; we get home and crack up over "Heppy Berzday!" and "Zank You Veery Mooch".

    :lmao:

    I always wonder what they go home and laugh about with our language flub ups! Reminds me I should post another couple of my most famous ones.
     
  19. glennbo123

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    I was half-joking....as if kids never joked about that.

    Keep reading....

    They thought it was "okay", but not worth the wait. It was one of the longer waits of the day.

    Very nice!

    I confess I don't know what Schonbrunn means. Not fun, cleaning all those windows.

    I like that it says "except on Festival days"....when are those??

    I've got a doozy of a story.
     
  20. jenbear123

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    Incredible scenery. Makes Canada look like a baby compared to their architecture and history. Great pictures. Love the photo of Judy acting out the signs :laughing:
     
  21. winkers

    winkers <font color=blue>I was stuck in that position and

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    popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::
     

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