Friday, March 28, 2014

Iwo Jima Memorial

Our quick drive through our favorite monuments of the National Capital area concluded with a stop at the US Marine Corps Memorial (also commonly referred to as the Iwo Jima Memorial).  The simple size of this statue cast against the National mall in the background as you look at it make this one of my favorite scenes in the area.

The National Cathedral

After a quick trip up embassy row, we took Bianca to the National Cathedral.

Lunch At Rosa Mexicana

For lunch we decided to take Bianca to Rosa Mexicana; without question, our favorite restaurant down town.  It may seem odd that a couple like us who grew up in the American southwest would absolutely love a Mexican restaurant on the east coast.  But, Bianca agreed with our opinions and joined us as another southwestern native who really enjoys the flavors of Rosa Mexicana.

Driving Through The National Mall

This week our niece, Bianca, is here visiting.  While she has come out our way before, we haven’t really had a chance to take her into Washington.  So, today was the day we finally got to show her some of our favorite monuments to see in Washington.   Below are some of the sights we took her to.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Downtown Disney at Night

To cap off our last full day on this vacation, we all went to Downtown Disney to see Cirque du Soleil’s performance of La Nouba.  The show was awesome, but photography was prohibited.

After the show, I took advantage of the bright lights of the stores, restaurants and bars against the dark sky.

Sunlight Fades

As the sun began to fall, the color of the sky changed.  With that change the pastel colors of most of the buildings on the main routes in the park became very vivid and they made for a great canvas for some pictures.

Studio Backlot Tour: Flood

While on the Studio Backlot Tour, the tram we were on made its way to a set  where a flood was being filmed.

Streets of America

One of the main walkways in Hollywood Studios is a series of city-scapes called “Streets of America.”

A Spectacular Journey Into The Movies

After walking around the park for a while in 85+ degrees we began looking for indoor attractions/rides so that we could get our of the sun and into some air conditioning.  A Spectacular Journey Into The Movies fit the bill perfectly.  This is a slow gentle ride where you are taken through animatronic movie “sets” of famous films.

Singin’ In The Rain


The Wizard of Oz

Hollywood Studios

Today we visited the last park of our visit, Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  This park was acquired by Disney after originally being built an operated as MGM Studios.  As a result, the look and feel here is different than all of the other Disney properties that we have visited so far.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Epcot Center Night Shots (part 2)

As we made our way to the exit of the park, we found that there were some topiary displays and landmark views that were completely void of people and prime for picture taking.

Epcot Center - Italy (part 2)

As we walked past the Italy enclave we both noticed how different it looked tonight with hardly anyone there.

Epcot Center - Japan

Following dinner and the fireworks, Barbie and I took a leisurely walk around the lagoon as the restaurants and shops in Epcot began to close for the night.  The first place we stopped was in the Japan enclave which was gorgeous at night.

Fireworks With Dinner

During our dinner, Barbie and I were treated to the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth fireworks show again.  The table we were sitting at was next to the lagoon in the center of Epcot center which gave us an ideal view of the show.

Dinner at Rose Water

Today was the midpoint of our trip to Disney.  We all decided to take it easy today and give our respective bodies a break from all of the walking and sun exposure.  Thus far, our pedometers indicated we were walking more than 6 miles each day.  For dinner Barbie and I opted to head back to Epcot Center to eat a meal at a restaurant called Rose Water in the Morocco enclave.