Vesuvius Day #TBT

Today is Vesuvius Day and as this happens to fall on #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) I decided to tie it in with my trip to Naples and Pompeii.

Why is today Vesuvius Day? 

Today in the Year 79 AD a supposedly dormant volcano in southern Italy erupts. The Volcano Vesuvius completely devastates the prosperous towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, killing thousands of people in the process. Much of what we know about the account is due to Pliny the Younger who was aged just 17 years and was staying in the bay of Naples at the time.

The towns were covered in about 14 to 17 feet of ash and pumice. The towns were believed to have been gone forever, however in the 18th Century an explorer discovered a marble statue and thus began the excavation of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

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The view of Vesuvius from the bay at Naples. I took this photo while we were there. It is smoking but not because the volcano is erupting, there was a bush fire.

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Back in July myself and my family decided to go on holiday together to Rome but more about that later (Next Week). While we were in Rome we decided to go on a excursion for the day to Pompeii which also took in Naples. There was quite a lot of travelling involved with this plan but we really enjoyed it.

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This is a view of Naples I took while we were on the walking tour of the town.  I cannot remember exactly what this is a photo of but I really like the houses.

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The Castle in Naples. There were about 3 or 4 cruise ships in the harbour the day we were there so the place was full of tourists.

After Naples we went to Pompeii…

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This is a close up of the pavement in Pompeii. The floor is lava – literally!! Don’t were heels if you ever decide to visit it is a little unsteady under foot.

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This is part of the main street in Pompeii. There was a mixture of homes and shops along the street.

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This photo gives you an idea of the crowds of people who were there. It is a very busy place. This would have been the town square I believe.

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A plaster cast of one of the victims from the eruption. There are not many casts to view in Pompeii. I have been told that the place to see more is Herculaneum.

Despite the crowds, we had a really lovely time. If you enjoy learning about history it is the place to go. We had a fantastic guide who had excellent English and was able to make the whole place come alive with her descriptions and her attention to detail was fantastic.

Hope you like my post… sorry it is a little bit rushed.

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Florida Memories 2 #ThrowBackThursday

ISLANDS OF

ADVENTURE

 

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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Mythos 

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.

Tribute To The King

Today marks the 40th Anniversary since Elvis Presley commonly known as The King passed away. During his lifetime Elvis is credited with inspiring a whole generation of young people with his music, yet his influence did not pass away with him. Since his death Elvis is still influencing music, fashion and even art but why is The King still so popular ?

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Sadly Elvis died before I was born so I never had the opportunity to see The King of Rock and Roll perform live. However, I have watched a number of his movies and concerts that were filmed while he was alive. My favourite though has to be the 1968 Comeback Special. It is not just due to the leather outfit. I really do feel as though Elvis was at his best that night. I am also slightly amused by how his hair sort of has a mind of its own during the course of the evening.

I brought my mother the DVD of the Comeback Special probably about 15 years ago. Though we have rarely watched it because it is usually on the TV somewhere over the course of the year and we end up watching it on the TV.  Above is a video I found on YouTube of Elvis singing during the Comeback Special I chose this one due to the hair.

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My favourite Elvis song is Suspicious Minds but everyone knows how that goes so I am not including that in this post. Instead I have included an Elvis Song called “It’s Midnight”. It is one of Elvis’s last singles it was released in 1975 and the version I have included was recorded in 1974 in Las Vegas. I could rattle on about Elvis, his legacy, his music but instead I am going to share a memory.

The reason I chose this song is because 12 years ago I lost a very dear friend in death. She was a huge Elvis fan. When she was younger she used to drag her brother to the cinema to see Elvis’s latest movies and in return she used to watch whatever her brother chose. This backfired slightly when her brother took her to see the movie Papillon and she fainted during one of the scenes.

She was full of fun and would often regale me with tales of her exploits in her younger days. My greatest memory of her though was her love for Elvis. She was crazy about the King and believed him to be the best looking guy to have ever walked the face of the earth. I don’t disagree, young Elvis is indeed a very handsome chappy. Sadly she passed away after battling cancer but before her death she chose the song “It’s Midnight” to be played at her funeral.  So please take the time to listen to it as a tribute to Elvis and also someone who I knew to be one of his greatest fans.

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.

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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.

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This was our room. It was so comfortable.

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

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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.

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Second Star to the Right

On the 5 February 1953, Walt Disney released his 14th Animated Feature, Peter Pan. It is alleged that Peter Pan was one of Walt Disney’s favourite stories and had originally planned it as his second feature after Snow White. Due to various issues however it was delayed. peter-pan-swans

What do we know about the Peter Pan Disney created?

Walt Disney once portrayed Peter Pan in a production himself. After seeing a stage show of Peter Pan, Walt got to play Pan himself in a School Play. Walt apparently used to recount  a tale of Roy hoisting him up with a rope so he could fly.

In 1924 a silent movie of Peter Pan was released. It was the first time Tinkerbell was given a form. Before that Tinkerbell was always portrayed as light and a jingle bell. In Disney’s feature the animators used an actress called Margret Kelly as reference model for the cheeky little sprite. The actress also voiced one of the mermaids. sadly the rumour that they modelled Tinkerbell on Marilyn Monroe is false.

Captain Hook and Mr Darling are both voiced by the same actor.

I read somewhere that in the original Disney storyboard for the movie, Nana (the dog that was the children’s Nanny) was also meant to fly Never Land in the Darling Children.

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There is a Fan Theory concerning the stars seen in Peter Pan and The Princess and The Frog. The theory is that Ray (the firefly) in The Princess and The Frog becomes the second star to the right next to his Evangeline. It would be nice if this was the case but The Princess and The Frog was set in the 1920’s and Peter Pan in the 1900’s.

The song Second Star To The Right was originally composed for Alice in Wonderland. It was called Beyond the Laughing Sky.

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The Movie itself became the highest grossing film in 1953 and had 5 later theatrical releases with the last taking place in 1989. I actually remember going to the cinema in 1989 to see the film and being completely lost in the movie on the big screen. Since then it has been released on VHS, DVD and Blu-Ray.