Florida Memories 2 #ThrowBackThursday




Following on from last weeks post here is a quick throwback to our time at Universal Studios – Islands of Adventure.

Personally I enjoyed the Islands of Adventure more than the Universal Studios. This may just have been due to the amount of Marvel Characters that were wandering around. My daughters favourite Marvel Character is Captain America and she really enjoyed meeting him.


However, instead of meeting Superheros I was more interested in meeting a dinosaur. At Islands of Adventure in the Jurassic Park area there is an opportunity to meet a Velociraptor. I queued up twice to do this. The first time we queued for about 5 minutes and they got notification there was going to be a storm. The Velociraptors are not allowed out when there is a storm. However, the second time was more successful.


It was a very strange experience. My daughter refused to meet the Raptor so it was just me.


As well as the Raptor experience there is also a Jurassic Park River Boat ride, be warned you do get very wet. There is also the Jurassic Park Discovery Centre as well as a Jeep and Dinosaur decorations for photo opportunities.


We also got to go on Kong: Skull Island which was quite new. I think it was opened a month before we went. Like most of the rides around Universal Studios it was a 3D experience but the queue was fun. If you haven’t been on the ride be careful of the holes in the walls, there is a surprise in them.


One of the biggest rides there is Incredible Hulk Coaster, though we never rode on it, we both chickened out.

View of Hulk Coaster from Mythos Restaurant 

As well as the rides it is worth mentioning Mythos Restaurant. We decided we were going to try it as loads of people were on about how popular it was. We had to wait about 20 minutes for a table maybe, not too long. Though most people make a reservation. The services was great and we had a wonderful times

What I enjoyed most was the attention to detail around the Island. There are lots of nice surprises you just have to look carefully to see them


I hope you enjoyed my quick tour of Islands of Adventure, there is a lot more to see and do than I have mentioned. These were just my highlights.

Seven Modern Day Wonders

I have added something else to my Bucket List. It is travel related but as it covers a number of countries I have just left it on the actual Bucket List page.

Now I have always been aware of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. There are only one of these still in existence in today’s world. However, I was not aware until recently of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World or as they are sometimes call “The New Seven Wonders of the World”.   SO, guess what is now on The Bucket List –

Visit the New Seven Wonders of the World 

If you are unaware of what these New Seven Wonders are I have listed them below. I have already been to one, so six more to go.

  1. Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janerio
  2. The Great Wall of China
  3. The Colosseum, Rome – complete July 2017
  4. Petra, Jordan
  5. Machu Picchu, Peru
  6. Chichen Itza, Mexico
  7. The Taj Mahal, India

Now I don’t know who decided these were the New Wonders but I am in no way qualified to disagree with the decision.  I believe from what I have read on the internet that there was an vote and these Seven were chosen from a choice of two hundred existing monuments.


I found this map on the World Atlas page which gives an indication on where these Wonders are located over the World.

I have no idea how many I will actually see but it is something to aim for.

The website for the Seven New Wonders is a good reference to use for places to visit. Not only does it list the Seven New Wonders but also the New Seven Natural Wonders and the New Seven Wonder Cities. To have a look <<<Click Here>>> I am thinking about adding both lists to my Bucket List too.

If you are now wondering what the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World were, I have listed them below:

  1. The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt (The only one still visible today)
  2. The Colossus of Rhodes, Greece
  3. The Lighthouse of Alexandra, Egypt
  4. The Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Greece
  5. The Hanging Garden’s of Babylon, Iraq
  6. The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, Turkey
  7. The Temple of Artemis, Turkey

Florida Memories #ThrowBackThursday

Ever since I was old enough to be aware of the wonder that was Orlando in Florida, I made it my mission to get there one day. Last year I fulfilled that dream.  So, here is a quick memory from last year.

Myself and my daughter spent 22 days in Orlando spending the majority of the time at Walt Disney World however a year ago today we left our Disney bubble and spent 7 days at Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Studio’s.

This is the photo of part of the resort I took with our first hour of being there, I think. It was such a lovely hotel. It had only opened a few weeks before our stay there so everything felt fresh and new.

Sapphire Falls

We were given our room passes which we kept on lanyards around our neck. I went for a Jurassic Park themed lanyard and my daughters was Captain America.

Universal Passs

This was our room. It was so comfortable.

Sapphire Falls Room

After a couple of hours of exploring the hotel and sorting out our stuff we caught the boat to City Walk.

Universal studioCW

Our holiday in Orlando was wonderful. It was definitely made up of the stuff dreams are made of. However this is supposed to be a brief Throwback Thursday Memory that I wanted to share with you.  Don’t worry though I have plenty more things to share with you at some point in the future.


Lu’s Travel Bucket List

It’s really odd because I never really had any desire to travel till a couple of years ago. There were places I wanted to go to of course but did not really worry about it too much. In fact I don’t really ever think I thought much about leaving the UK. Now I spend a good few moments everyday wondering how I can get to certain places? What it would be like to live there? What job could I do there? Besides a million other questions. I know of course that the likely hood of me moving anywhere is a distant dream at the moment. I can however try and visit there.

A few years ago I decided to start a Travel Bucket List due to there being so many places I want to see and visit. I began this list on my old blog and when I ended the blog, I forgot to move the list over. So, over the past 12 months I have been trying to find time to do it again and every so often I add something new to My Travel Bucket List pages.  I have so many places I want to visit I now have 3 pages -My normal BUCKET LIST , EUROPE – BUCKET LIST & the UK – BUCKET LIST.

I have been trying to complete the Lists manually and then add them onto my blog when I remember or have time. All the lists have so many items now that I think I am going to have to create a separate page for each Continent.  I have sought ideas from websites such as Tripadvisor and Pinterest, as well other sites I happen to stumble across. However, I am still looking for inspiration and ideas.

I will be completing the other Continent pages over the next week hopefully. I would really appreciate any ideas either for places, things to do or even websites to visit for inspiration.

Thank you for your help


A Bostin’ Day In Brum

On Monday 20 February 2017, myself and my daughter decided to make an impromptu trip to Birmingham. We caught the train and 20 minutes later we found ourselves in one of the biggest cities in the U.K.

I have not spent a day in Birmingham for years. I have passed through it a few times and after Comic Con I went into the Bull Ring but I didn’t have much time. I was also worn out.

I decided to begin our adventure by taking my daughter on a mini tour and where best to begin this tour – than the Birmingham Mailbox. Walking up the steps to the Mailbox is quite an imposing feeling. The white and red building looms above you as you pant your way to the enterance. Joking… the steps are not that bad, but the building is intimidating inside as well as out. The two greeters on the door were lovely though and answered our questions, as well as providing us with some useful information.


The inside of The Mailbox is beautiful and there is some interesting art that faces you as you walk in. The shop displays are also worth looking at. As well as housing a variety of shops and restaurants, The Mailbox is also home to the BBC Midlands Today. Due to this and also the various other things the BBC produces in the Midlands, the Beeb has a visitor centre bit which you can just walk in and have a look at.


Of course we enjoyed because they had various Doctor Who things scattered around. You can see the Dalek in the photo above.  Following that we had a look at the shops, debated if we wanted to stop and have a drink. Then headed towards the canals.


Even though it was February the weather was glorious. The walk along the canal was lovely and there was a very appetising aroma wafting over us from the Italian restaurant. Not that we went in and tried the food but it smelt very scrummy. We then walked through the ICC to Birmingham Library. I have been longing to have a look around since they did spruced it up.


To walk around the library was wonderful so many books and different floors so many things to see. Unfortunately the Secret Garden floor was closed for refurbishment but we did get to the top floor and we also saw the Shakespeare Room.


Following our walk around the Library we made our way to the Bullring. After having a lovely lunch in Nando’s we shopped, shopped and shopped. We of course spent the majority of our time in the Disney Store and then a discovered a little stationery shop called Smiggle.

I came back from our day in Birmingham slightly poorer but on the whole it was a Bostin, I mean smashing day.


We Can Fly

Aww… This is my last Peter Pan themed post for February. I honestly never realised how much I liked it until I started this theme. I am going to miss Peter…

Peter Pan’s Flight

When Walt Disney first announced that Fantasyland would be the main park in his new theme park Disneyland, Disney declared to the public “ride a pirate ship through the sky”.

In 1955 when Disneyland opened, guests did indeed ride a pirate ship through the sky, on the ride entitled Peter Pan’s Flight. Over 60 years later guests to the various Disneylands and of course Walt Disney World are still doing this today.

Peter Pan’s Flight is quite easily one of the most popular rides in the Disney portfolio. It is also one of my favourite rides. I have been on the ride 3 times (at least), at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris. I love the fact that the ride was the same in Paris as it was in Florida.

Flying over London 

To begin the ride (after you have queued – even with Fast Pass) you step inside a Pirate Ship. The Cast Member will then sprinkle fairy dust as the bar of Pirate Ship rests on your lap and the Ship takes off. As you enter the world of Peter Pan you initially find yourself flying through the nursery of the Darling Family before taking flight over the city of London as you take the second star to the right and head off to Neverland. You fly through the Mermaid Lagoon, meet Captain Hook, Smee and of course the Crocodile.


It is bright and colourful. There are recognisable scenes with so much to see as you serenely fly through the air.  The only way to describe this ride is that it is like you are moving through the actual movie.


This makes sense when you discover that the actual animators of Peter Pan created the actual ride. Walt Disney wanted the rides to be reminiscent of the movies so he wanted the animators to play a big part in creating all the rides at Disneyland. The picture above is one I took at Walt Disney World. It is the model of the Peter Pan Ride. it was hard to get a good photo as it was in a glass display case.  I am always fascinated by how things work so I really enjoyed the exhibit at the Disney Hollywood Studios.

If you ever visit one of the Disneylands or Walt Disney World make sure you take the time to go on this ride.