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Royal Art

I woke up at 8:45 am on September 30, 2012.  Ivan and Lil Dave were already up and had breakfast. 

On the Disney Fantasy, you’re given Wave phones.  The phones are free to use and lets you keep in touch with your family members and friends.

Ivan and I went to the Royal Court.  I had a vegetable crepe and a mango mountain yogurt.  The crepe was good.  The yogurt was really sweet and tasted okay.

Lil Dave went to meet up with a few monkey friends he met on the ship.

I met up with Ivan for the Kinect Wipeout Challenge.  Ivan was the only one in there.  It wasn’t the best game.

We checked out the Disney Animation: Creating a Character.  The teacher Sheikha taught us how to draw Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.  I think my Donald turned out pretty good.

Some of the paintings on the ship move.

Ivan and I did the Muppets version of the Midship Detective Agency.  You go around the ship gathering clues to solve a mystery.  The Muppets version is where you find out who stole a bunch of props.  It’s fun since you get to move things on a pictures to find clues. 

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You even come across Pepe’s small door.  There’s even a number to call with your Wave Phone.

We relaxed in the room for a bit.

We had lunch at The Royal Court.  If you ask for ketchup and you’re a kid they’ll make a Mickey for you.  We asked them to do a Mickey ketchup for us. 

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Ivan found a Happy Birthday and a Happy Anniversary pin.  Also, we told the waiter that we were honeymooners and he got us Just Married pins.  You can get a Mickey bar through the restaurants or room service which is a an ice cream treat – filled with vanilla ice cream and covered with chocolate.

Then, we went to Meridian to meet for the free Art of the Theme Show Tour.  The tour guide Sheikah takes the group around the ship and talks about the theming of different rooms or restaurants on the Disney Fantasy.  We stopped at many places like Remy’s, Skyline, The Tube and Ooh La La. 

In Meridian, every passport stamp on the wall is unique. 

We saw the private room in the back of the restaurant Remy that is like Gusteau’s office with a picture of the kitchen and a window showing Paris.  Sheikah showed us the $10,000 glass Remy from Ratatoutille. 

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There’s lots of theming with Remy on the chair and on the plates.  We also saw the $25,000 bottle of wine. 

Skyline is a bar that shows seven different cities’ skylines including Barcelona, London, Budapest and Athens.  Sheikah said that the imageneers who created it were Star Wars fans.  The people who walk around in the cities are Jedis. 

The bathrooms in Europa have mosaic tiles with a flamenco dancer in the women’s bathroom and a bull fighter in the men’s bathroom.

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We went to the lovely Ooh La La bar where there is a Jessica Rabbit champagne that’s $200. 

This tour is great and very interesting. 

Ivan and I were still jetlagged so we took an hour nap.

We went to see the funny Aladdin musical.

Next, we saw the ventriloquist Kevin Johnson.  He’s good at not moving his lips, but the characters lack personality.  Also, he’s not very funny.

Tonight, dinner was in the Royal Court.  Our servers were in royal outfits.  On the walls, there’s pretty mosaic tiles featuring Disney Princesses.

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Ivan and I started off with a good goats cheese salad.  Ivan had a cauliflower soup.  Ivan’s tofu and vegetables weren’t good since the tofu was dry.  He got a horseradish encrusted salmon which was overcooked.  My mushroom ravioli was average.

Ivan and I wore the Happy Anniversary and Just Married pins to dinner.  So, one of the servers saw the anniversary pin.  They gave us and one of the other couples a anniversary cake and sang to us.  Ivan and I shared a lovely vanilla crème brulee.

We went to see the illusionist Jason Bishop do some magic which was just okay, so we left early.

We went to Skyline.  The skyline was Barcelona when we arrived, but then quickly changed to the London Skyline.  I looked to see if the people were Jedis like we learned in the tour.  It did look like some were in robes and could be Jedis.  Ivan and I shared a great Aphrodite drink.

Next, we headed to Ooh La La which is the lovely Parisian lounge.  There we shared a nice Pomegranate Passion drink.

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Tubular Whiskey Tattoo

Ivan, Lil Dave and I went into the city at 11:30 am on August 18, 2012. 

Our first Fringe Festival show was Jerry Sadowitz doing magic.  He’s a Scottish man who does amazing magic.  I was blown away by his magic tricks.  Ivan told me he was a magician first and foremost and then a comedian.  He’s quite mental and so very funny.  I could definitely watch him do magic tricks for hours… he’s THAT good!

It was time for lunch at Henderson’s.  Ivan and I shared two soups: tomato & aubergine and pea & pear.  Lil Dave got a banana soup.  The pea & pear soup was the better of the two.

We had some time to spare, so we went shopping.  We went to Top Man and Primark.  I love Primark since it’s filled with cool cheap clothes and accessories.  I bought way too much stuff there.

Next, we went to see the show The Vocal Orchestra

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It was an hour of the group making music (yes, the whole song with sound effects & beat boxing) with JUST their voices.  It was simply amazing!!  I was thinking about my friend who passed away during one song that had the group making raindrop sounds.. Claudia Georgette was singing and it made me sad.  She sang a song at the end and it brought tears to my eyes.. I thought her voice was like an angel.  If you ever get a chance to see The Vocal Orchestra.. DO IT!!! You’ll be amazed!!

We had more time to kill.. so went to The Whiski Rooms to try out the whiskey. 

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Ivan picked two good ones: Ardberg 10 year and the Braeval 12 year.  The Ardberg was Ivan’s favorite since it was smoky. Both tasted good – nice and smooth!  Lil Dave wanted to try a banana whiskey, but unfortunately the Scots haven’t thought of adding bananas to their whiskey yet.

The next Fringe Festival show was Frisky and Mannish.  This silly duo we’ve seen at La Reve in London for a 10 minute act.  They are a pop cabaret act.  Recently, we saw them at the Stand up for Freedom show.. and they did their best bits of their show there.  I really like them as 10 minute act.. but when it’s an hour long, it’s definitely not as exciting and a bit boring.  I was looking forward to this show and it disappointed me.

On to the next show…. Tubular Bells for Two.  If you haven’t heard the song Tubular Bells Part One & Two by Michael Oldfield… go listen to it now!  Before this show, I had only heard some of the first song.  Ivan knows the songs VERY well and loves it.  This show was two Australian guys who recreated all of the Tubular Bells by themselves.  This isn’t an easy feat since there are many instruments involved including, you guessed it, tubular bells.  It was really hot down in the basement, but it was worth it since it was wonderful to hear both parts played in it’s entirety (an hour!) live.  These guys are super talented!  I’m glad this was good.. it made up for the last show being bad.

Our last show of the night was The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.  No, it doesn’t involve Scottish military men getting tattoos.

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It’s a show filled with dancing, military bands drumming and putting on a show with guns swinging.  It was absolutely fabulous!!  The best was the Top Secret Drum Corps – they did some super fast drumming.

Check out the Top Secret Drum Corps video:

It was awesome seeing all the military bands with the Edinburgh Castle in the background.  I really liked how they projected different things onto to the castle. 

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USA was represented with one of their Europe military bands doing a tribute to comic book characters like Dennis the Menace and Batman.  I thought the Norwegian band was particularly good.  You HAVE to check out the Tattoo if you’re ever in Edinburgh.  I loved the dancing, the kilts and of course the bag pipes!  At the end, there was a firework display.  We loved every minute of it.  Even Lil Dave enjoyed it even though there weren’t any monkeys in the show.

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