Roming in Rome #TBT

This is my last post on Travel for Throwback Thursday. Due to my lack of time tonight this is just a very quick post. Please forgive me for my haste and I hope you enjoy these few photos.

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Above is the Outside of the Colosseum and below is the view from inside.

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We went early to the Colosseum which avoided the huge queues but there were still a lot of tourists there.

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This is view of the bridge over the Tiber that most people walk across to get to Vatican City.

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The view down to the Vatican. Can you see all the people that were there. Even the skip the queue line was nearly 60 minutes long. We did not go in due to the crowds but we were not too bothered. On another occasion I would like to see the ceilings in St Peters.

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This is a huge monument which the citizens of Rome refer to as the Ugly Palace. It has a glass viewing platform on the top which you can just see in this photo.

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While in Rome we saw a lot of ancient artefacts and huge mosaic’s, however the mosaic above was my favourite. It is of Pluto and can be found on the floor of the Disney Store in Rome. I love the fact Disney themed their store for Rome.

As I mentioned, just a few quick photo’s of my week in Rome. I have plenty more that I could share.

Tomorrow sees the being of Roald Dahl Month on my blog and the count down to the new name reveal. Hope you have all had a good week.

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What Is In A Name??? #FuturePlans

Every so often I like to share my future plans for my blog. As there is now less than 20 weeks left of 2017 I thought now would be a good time to do this.

***Important Notice ***

I am changing the name of my Blog. From October it will no longer be called “What is hoped for”.

To be honest “What is hoped for” was only meant to be a temporary name as I couldn’t think of anything else at the time. I chose that name as it is sentence from my favourite scripture – Hebrews 11.1. Also at the time that sentence summed up my blogging journey, what I was hoping for as I ventured back into the world of blogging. Over the past few months I have really tried to put more effort into my blogging and as the blog has evolved I feel as though the name does not reflect my blog anymore.

I am planning a big name reveal post… so I will not be revealing the new name today.

Future Plans 

September – “Roald Dahl Month”  Last year was a 100 years since the great man himself was born, which means this year is 101 year anniversary. As I missed last year, I will be marking it this year instead. September will have plenty of Roald Dahl themed posts – books and movies will feature quite prominently of course. I am also hoping to do some kind of art work based on one of his books for the month which I can feature.

Along with celebrating Roald Dahl there will also be mention of the illustrator most synonymous with his books – Quentin Blake. I went and saw a mini exhibition of some of his work earlier in the year and I am planning on going to another one in September.

October – Towards the end of October I am going to Disney Land Paris with my daughter who also turns 18 years this month. Last year I spent October participating in a “Book-tober” challenge. As I have planned a book theme for both September and December I don’t want to bore everyone anymore on my love of books.

October will also be the launch of my new Blog name – so maybe there might be some posts centred around that.

November – This month marks the half way point on my 101 list (101 Things in 1001 Days).  This month will mainly consist of reflections on the 101 list, achievements and plans for the future.  I am considering taking part in NaNoWriMo again this year but we will see.

December – “Jane Austen Month” – On the 18 July 2017 many fans of Jane Austen marked 200 years since her death and so did I with a little tribute post. However, December will be Jane Austen on my blog as this was the month that Jane was born. This month will of course feature book and movie reviews, mainly on the modern re-tellings or spin-offs of Jane Austen’s work. I am also planning on doing something creative for this month based on Austen’s work.

2018 – Who knows what the new year will bring – hopefully lot’s of new and wonderful things but it is too soon to plan such things yet.

GIVEAWAYS

Everyone loves Free Stuff and if I get over a 100 followers on my blog I am planning on doing a little giveaway.

So, that is a few of my future plans for the blog. I hope you like them.

lu

 

How Far I’ll Go #Moana #Review

M O A N A 

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Cast: Alui’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Andy Tudyk

Rating: 5/5 (It’s Disney)

My Review: 

“If you wear a dress and have an animal sidekick, you’re a princess.” – Maui 

Well if that is the only criteria I am taking a trip to the pet store! One of the many things I loved about Moana was the fact Disney was not taking itself too seriously. It was full of off the cuff remarks that related to previous Disney movies as well of course the now famous Disney Easter Eggs.

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Moana is drawn to that line where the sky meets the sea. Moana is in love with the ocean and the ocean has chosen her too. It is her destiny to get Demi-God, Maui, voiced superbly by Dwayne Johnson to restore the heart of Tafiti to its rightful place. However, Moana has a problem. Moana’s father, the village chief will not allow anyone to sail past the reef out into the ocean. Moana’s grandmother, the village crazy lady who “loves to dance with water” inspires her granddaughter to go as it is the only way she will be happy.

The movie is full of memorable characters and songs. Maui’s song “Your Welcome” is one of the best comical songs I have really enjoyed since the Genie sang “A Friend Like Me”. Maui is an interesting character you are never really sure if you like him or not till you get towards the end of the movie.

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I did enjoy his little tattoo friend. Reminiscent of the Muses from Hercules. If all tattoo’s were like him I would consider getting one. I really did enjoy the banter between him and Maui. Of course the song “How Far I’ll Go” was my favourite song of the whole movie. I had heard it a few times before I had seen the movie and it is now one of my favourite Disney songs. It encompasses my desire to travel at the moment.

The CGI animation as always is well executed. I did have a slight issue with some of the pacing of the movie, however I expect at some point in the future there might be a Moana DVD with extra scenes as I have a feeling there were quite a few cut out.

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The character who stole the show however, besides Pau (the pig) who was so cute, was Heihei the Rooster. That rooster had me in crying with laughter.

As well as being full of fun and laughter, there are some lovely touching moments. My daughter told me she was moved to tears a few times while watching the movie.

I honestly did not expect to enjoy Moana as much as I did.

 

 

 

 

Z is for…

Z I G G Y   T H E   V U L T U R E 

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Ziggy is one of four vultures who appear in the animated tale of The Jungle Book. The other three vultures are called Buzzie, Flaps and Dizzy. Together they appear to parody The Beatles. I read somewhere that The Beatles were meant to voice the vultures but due to other commitments they were unable to attend the recording. I have no idea how true that is? But it would be nice if it was.

I love the vultures in the cartoon. When I was younger we used to have a show every school holidays called Disney Time. Back then we had very little in the way of Disney Home video and at the time where I lived lacked a decent cinema. Due to this classics such as The Jungle Book were not seen by children of my generation. That was why Disney Time was so popular, we got to see small sections of all these classic Disney movies we never got to watch.

One of the clips I remember loving was that of the vultures. I remember watching them tease Mowgli and loving the way moved. They move as though they are shrugging their shoulders all the time and sort of bounce. They also sing a song called “that’s what friends are for”.

I hope you have enjoyed my pictures over the A to Z Challenge. Some have been more successful than others. Thank you all for visiting, liking and all the lovely comments.

Back to normal blogging now…

lu

Y is for…

I do apologise for my posts this past week as I did schedule them all last Saturday due to being in pain. Well you will all be pleased to know that last night I had a really good sleep after having a week of pain. I lost a crown/filling last Thursday night and it was so deep it disturbed the nerve. My tooth was also quite sharp and kept cutting my mouth. My mouth is still sore but after visiting the dentist yesterday I now have a temporary filling and at the moment it is all good. It will get sorted out properly on the 16th May.

So this it the penultimate post on the A to Z Challenge…. It has gone so fast.

Y is for… 

 

Yao

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Yao appears in the animated movie Mulan as solider in the Chinese Army. Yao is usually found with his friends Ling and Chien Po.

Yao is the shortest of the Trio and also appears to think himself the leader of the three. Yao is also quick tempered and Chien Po is often required to cool him down. Yao initially dislikes Mulan due to Mushu insulting him, however they later become friends.

Yao, Ling and Chien Po help Mulan as she saves the Emperor by dressing as concubines. This is the image I chose to draw as I love that part of the movie.

Mulan definitely appears in my Top 10 Disney Movies.

I hope you like today’s drawing. See you tomorrow for Z… the last day… sob!!

lu

 

X is for…

X – C A L I B U R

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Okay I cheated – I know it is spelt Excalibur but there are no Disney Characters that begin with X. I have searched and searched nothing.

Excalibur is the mythical sword that appears in The Sword in The Stone. Legend stated that whoever was able to draw the sword out of the stone would become the next King of England. In the legend the sword drawer was of course Arthur. In Disney’s version Arthur is a young orphan who is known by his carers as Wart.

Wart is befriended by Merlin after stumbling across his cabin in the woods. Merlin has a pet owl called Archimedes who talks like a human. Archimedes also teaches Wart to fly.

I apologise for my drawing today. Only there was not a lot to go on. See you tomorrow for Y…

lu

W is for…

W H E E Z Y

Wheezy

I haven’t done him looking very happy have I? Wheezy is a toy penguin who makes an appearance in Toy story 2.

Wheezy first comes to our attention gathering dust on the top shelf in Andy’s bedroom. Woody discovers him up there alone and forgotten, his squeaker is not squeaking anymore. This leads to Woody being taken by the Toy Collector as he goes to rescue Wheezy from the garage sale.

Wheezy appears at the end of the movie with a new squeaker and sings us out to “You have a friend me”.

I hope you like Wheezy. See you tomorrow for X…

lu