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Spring Break: Orlando – Thursday/Friday

Last Thursday I drove down to Orlando to visit a friend for the weekend. That night, we went out for Thai food at Thai House.

thai house menu

I had Thai tea and chicken fried rice, because I pretty much always order the same thing, as I’m looking to find the best Thai fried rice in existence. It was pretty good. 🙂

thai tea - yum!

fried rice~

We didn’t get to do much else Thursday night because it was so late. However, Friday morning we got up early-ish, bought some cheap sunglasses at Target, and sandwiches/snacks & water for the park and headed to Universal Studios Orlando Islands of Adventure.

universal

It was crazy busy but not too bad to get around. Our first stop was Harry Potter World.

the hogwarts express

We saw the castle.

castle

And a friendly snowman.

snowman in the sun

And also got some butterbeer.

butterbeer cup

Which was delicious. So smooth and creamy. But also a lot of foam.

honeydukes

more castle

And some more of the impressive castle.

mooooore

We went on the rides in Harry Potter World and I’d say they were worth it. The wait for the dragon one was pretty crazy but it was probably the best roller coaster at the park (or at least the most frightening) and the castle ride was more intense than I thought it would be too.

We went through the entire park, but we didn’t go on all the rides (but we did most!)

jurassic park

RAR

We visited Dr. Suess Land as well. I waited for the guy with the hoodie/hat/cape to leave but he didn’t seem to be going anywhere.

one fish two fish hoodie guy

cat in the hat!

quote

We also found this sign.

what could this mean?

Then, and I had no idea this would be a part of the park, we also went to the comic book area.

comic strip cafe

This was by far my favorite part of the park. I lovelovelovelovelove comics. But not the new ones/superhero ones/Marvel. Classic comics.

Like this Cathy ice cream shop. (Ben & Jerry’s!)

cathy

Or Flash Gordon.

flash gordon

Blondie’s/Dagwood

BLONDIE

Boris & Natasha from Rocky and Bullwinkle.

boris and natasha it's moose and squirrel

Or Hagar

hagar rarrrrr

AND MY FAVORITE. Betty Boop!

boop boop

She was so cute! Kinda made me want to be her.

so cute

We finished off the night by going downtown and out for a few drinks. Downtown Orlando is really fun at night! Next I’ll be posting about Saturday, followed by a joint Sunday/Monday post.

Post & photos by: Melissa

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More ATLANTA! (world of coke, road trip continuation)

After (quite?) a few days off from this business of putting up road trip blogs, I have decided to return to ATL with my experience at WORLD OF COKE. Which I like to call Coke Land. Ahem.

It has been a busy-feeling first couple of days at school but if I don’t do this now I don’t know when I will get these up and be able to continue with a few things I’ve done around Tallahassee. So here we gooooooo~

We arrived at World of Coke a little later in the day after visiting the Atlanta Botanical Gardens (which I still have more pictures from but will probably save because that post was just getting too long, unless you want to see them?)

Welcome to World of Coke!

When you first go in, those are the things you see, and there is a brief introduction followed by a video specially made for WORLD OF COCA COLA which encourages you to exercise, eat healthy, and drink coke in order to be happy in life.

Now, a bit of Coke history.

And here it is! What you’ve all been waiting for.. or at least what I was waiting for the whole time I was there. Unlimited soda-drinking till you feel full and sick and just want to leave. But it was great. 🙂

Coke supplied various four-sided tasting stations representing the different continent(ish) areas where different coke products are sold, all leading up to the MOST DELICIOUS COKE OF ALL. Original coke. ❤

But first, a little snapshot of the only Florida-related thing I found there:

Yay! And now, the tasting room!

My mom really liked the melon “Bibo”, which tastes like honeydew. I liked the yellow one which is just kind of tropical.

Now, you may ask, why such a focus on Beverly? I have never tasted a drink that I liked less than this. We thought it tasted like milky, watery, soapy sprite. I immediately had to go get a big drink of orange soda to get the taste out of my mouth. So if you know anyone who likes this, or anyone from Italy or who has tried this in some other fashion, please ask them, WHY?

I do not, for the life of me, know why they had doubles of some things for the same region. But I do know that they could not trick me into trying Inca Kola twice. Bleh. It was yellow. I was expecting traditional cola, but I guess they did warn me by spelling it with a K.

Now onto the coke!

And that seems like a good place to end it, with the free coke (included in your admission price) that you reach in a hole to grab from a rotating circle of coke bottles. 🙂

Post by: Melissa
Photos by: Melissa


Road trip (belated day 8): Atlanta Botanical Gardens

We got up early-ish to hit the Atlanta Botanical Garden and still have time later in the day to do World of Coke (more on that in a future post.) The gardens were beautiful but keep in mind that you do have to pay for admission as well as by the amount of time you need for parking inside the parking garage. We ended up paying about $19.50 each for admission and $6 for parking, so it wasn’t that bad. They had a variety of indoor and outdoor gardens to walk through and my advice is to use your mosquito spray, especially if you’re going into the tropical exhibits.

First, we’ll start with the outdoor gardens.

And onto the tropical gardens indoors:

A small offshoot of pictures to show the quail inside the exhibit. 🙂

Ok, enough of that. Here are the frogs…

Now back to outdoors, as we head into the EDIBLE GARDEN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


road trip day seven

We stuck around in Nashville this morning so we could get to the Hermitage, the former home of President Andrew Jackson. This was the main thing I wanted to see in Nashville, so I was glad we had the time and that it was so close to our hotel (read: easy to get to.) However we had to leave right after and get on over to Atlanta to make our hotel reservations. We plan to do some exploring/sightseeing in Georgia tomorrow on our way down to Florida as well, but we’re not sure what we want to see yet.

While we weren’t allowed to take pictures inside of Andrew Jackson’s actual home (and glass in front of the rooms would’ve prevented good pictures anyway) I was able to get a lot of pictures inside the museum and on the grounds, as well as some pictures of the exhibits/narratives about the general history of the location and the family. It was done in a Greek revival style and is really quite beautiful. Enjoy!

We did manage to stop in for lunch at Brewhaus for lunch in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It was a German style gastropub and although we couldn’t have any beer because we had a long drive ahead, (disappointing), we did have some interesting food and there was a free pretzel check-in deal on Yelp, which is always nice. The pretzel was delicious, and came with 3 mustards which we shared.

Then my mom had a schnitzel sandwich that she enjoyed, with some German “potato salad” that she was not a fan of.

I had the smoked brat on a bun with cheddar & swiss cheese & bacon. It was really good and the spaetzle & mushrooms side that came with it was delicious. We ended up parking a few blocks away, but it was still free parking. However, there was definitely space in front of the restaurant. I just get paranoid when I’m driving in new places and jump on any free parking that I see.

We finally made it to Atlanta (geez that highway is scary) and are settling in and adjusting to the time difference. I just feel tired all the time at this point, and I’m not quite sure that’s adjusted enough.

post by: Melissa
photos by: Melissa