After the day at Magic Kingdom, we woke up and had Mickey shaped waffles. This got us ready for another action packed day. After posing with the famous Universal Studios globe, we moved into the park. The rides and shows were amazing and we saw the following:
- Shrek 4D where dragons sneezed on us and the characters literally jumped out of the screen!
- Twister - where we saw a tornado hit the small town, felt the wind, rain and fire!
- The Mummy - this ride is beyond intense. It's a mixture of darkness and light! You go forwards, backwards, upside down, up, down, fast and slow. The most extreme roller coaster ever! There is one chamber that fires up when you pass through it so you are surreounded by flames!!! Beyond description!
- Earthquake - we expereince an earthquake while sitting in a subway
Jaws - go on a boat cruise and be stalked by a big shark and then get attacked!! AAAH! doo do doo do
MIB - While riding the roller coaster, you get to shoot aliens and depending how well you shoot, the route changes!
ET - ride the bicycle with ET to his home planet
Terminator - Another 3D experience - beyond words!
Fear Factor Live! We were in the audience for the show
We went to Bubba Gump's Shrimp restuarant for dinner - the real Forrest Gump experience!
Another fun day!
Possibly the most magical place we've ever experience, Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. From the moment we arrived we realised that everything we had ever heard about the place was true.
It has been beautifully created. Markus joined us and acted like our personal guide. We went on the Pirates of the Carribean roller coaster and even saw Capt Jack Sparrow! There were dessert roller coaster from the Wild West and we saw Woody from Toy Story. In the colonial area we expereinced old time USA. But the Fantasy Land section was like fairy tales come true!
All the characters were there - Snow White, Winnie-the-Pooh, Peter Pan, Cinderella etc. There was even a MadHatters Tea Party! With the rides, they take you through the story so it's as if everything comes to life - making you feel 6yrs old again!!
Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald have there own area and you can see their houses (and Donald's boat). this is where we got to neet the main mouse himself! the one who started it all!!
The coolest ride at Magic Kingdom was Space Mountain. You ride in darkness with only the stars to guide you. With ever twist, turn and drop you have no idea what to expect as you can't see in front of you - incredible!!
There were parades - one in the afternoon and one in the evening. We saw all the Disney favourites during the day and then all the floats weer lit for the evening parade. The grande finale was the famous fireworks around castle - just like at the start of every Disney movie!!
At the end of our 14hour experience we were tired and breathless, but like children, unable to sleep!
Thanks for the birthday emails. I had a great day and was spoiled rotten!!
We recently decided to take a mini road trip to the Florida Keys. It was so much fun!! We went snorkeling near Key Largo and drove down to Key West where we spent the night.
It really fun to just get out of Naples and although we came back tired and sunburnt we were relaxed and ready for the week!!
Enjoy the photos, soon we'll add the ones from our trip to Orlando - Magic Kingdom and Universal Studios.
BAck in SA in 2 weeks!!!
Clauds xx (and Richy)
Happy birthday to all the June babies and especially me Dad!
Location: Naples, USA
Today its officially 32 days until we finish our contract at the Ritz and 35 until we return to SA. Not that were counting! And 33 days until we see Michelle in Atlanta!
We moved into our new apartment. Its great!!! Were living with two of our new friends Janine and Monique (cousins from JHB). Its a really cute little apartment complex and all our new friends live in the same building. So were just a few metres away
.well let you know how that goes!
Other than that weve been working hard to get some money in before we become unemployed in SA. Weve cancelled our trip to Marco Island as weve decided to visit Universal studios instead.
Well add photos of the new place soon.
Take care, missing everyone!
Happy Birthday to Bergen, Johan and Estee!
Clauds & Richy
Today we're exhausted! We had an amazing day at Seaworld in Orlando. we woke up way too early and hit the road at 5am. We decided to take the longer way so that we could drive through the small towns of central Florida.
When we arrived we headed to IHOP (International House of Pancakes) for breakfast - YUMMY! and then we hit Seaworld. At that time we had no idea what was waiting for us.
First animals we saw after we got our tickets and entered, was the pink Flamingos! And they are beautiful! After the turtles we decided to go see the dolphins. Feeding the dolphins and touching them as a great way to start. We decided that dolphins like like a wet banana peel if we had to relate it to something. But they are so stunning, friendly and playful. We watched a great show (not one of those educational shows) with the dolphins and whales (as we were seated in the "splash zone" we didn't get photos). There were parrots and eagles as extras.
We had a look at the endangered Florida Manatee (see photos) before we headed for the water ride - THE ATLANTIS. It as AWESOME! The brave souls, Mo, Janine and Richard headed for the loopiest roller coaster ride, KRAKEN. Claudine was the official ground photogrpapher!
Next we headed to the Sea Lion and Otter area where we fed the sea lions. They are so funny! For some exercise we hired a pink flamingo paddle boat and cruised around the lake.
What was a new experience for us as the Artic Exploration...After a simulated helicopted ride to the Arctic (through a avalance and canyon!!) we arrived in an area that was a replica of the Arctic...including the temperature! We saw Beluga whales, Polar Bears and a Walrus!! This was exciting...really really exciting for our African eyes!
We stopped for lunch and then Janine and Claudine went to every girls favourite shop - the jewellery store. However, here you pick your oyster, have it opened and inside you find a pearl! Janine got a white pearl and Claudine a blue pearl.
After some more shopping and wandering around we went to a sea lion and otter pirate show! We were just in time for a "circus show" (the pictures make more sense) with trapeze and contortionists!
The highlight of the day was Shamu's show. He's better known as Willy in Free Willy. The Killer whales are INCREDIBLE!! and so big! The show was amazing and highly recommended to anyone and everyone.
After such an amzing day we decided to stop at Planet Hollywood. But couldn't stay, it was already after dark and we had a 3 and half hour drive home.
Check out the photos, it was just awesome, and amazing to see the underwater world!!
Oh yes, the other news is that we may have to move at the end of the month, so please don't use the address. We recommend sending anything you have to our South African address to be safe.
Take care all! We'll see those in SA soon!!
Clauds & Richy
Location: Naples, USA
Hey there all
This is just a quick note to say we're still alive. The return to SA has begun - Gerda left last week and Eben left yesterday...Damian leaves next week. And it's just 2 months then we're back on SA soil.
Before then we'll try go to Seaworld, to Marco Island and Atlanta. We'll add some party photos this weekend just so you can remember what we look like!
We'll keep you posted!
C & R
All is going well in Naples. We've began the countdown to the return home as friends start leaving. Gerda (Super G) leaves this week, Eben (our housemate) next week and Damian is off late May. We had an awesome week last week and there are a few photos to show for it.
We had a great night out bowling. The beer was cheap and the lanes were fast! I won't give you a play by play but Clauds won the first game and Richy won the last one but the middle game....the score were horrible!
Every month we have friends over for burgers one night. This time we braaied (bbq'ed) the burgers on our new little braai! It was lots of fun and made everyone miss home terribly.....we had a good time dancing and hanging out...
On the 26th we got all dressed up, climbed 20 people into 2 limos and off we went for a night on the town for Mohammed's birthday! We had the VIP section of a local club booked and had a great night!! The photos need some editing and will be up shortly. We had a braai for Freedom Day but it was quite calm!
Happy Birthday to Mohammed and also to Leah this week. Hope you both have a great day!!
Clauds & Richy (our first entry from the cute little Apple MacBook!!)
Well, Murphy is in full action. We decided to be really clever and not use one camera for the Bahama photos....well, it's been a nightmare trying to get 8 people's photos together....When we finally did there were over 3000 photos and all in different sizes. So there's sorting to do before cd's get copied. In between all this we've lost the wireless that we had at home, and there's a gremlin in the laptop.....
SORRY FOR THE DELAY IN BAHAMA PHOTOS!!!
We've been hard at work since Easter...Richard had to dress up as the Easter Bunny for the Easter Egg hunt and Claudine was the Chicken (ain't that the truth!). Later when Richard went to work, Claudine became the Bunny (evolution? survival of the fittest?) It was a fun experience (despite the early start) and we took some crazy photos....polaroids so that'll take a while to get online!
Wednesday 18 April we went to Tampa to see The Killers live in concert. We hired a car and got an upgrade to a Toyota convertible. The weather was great so we dorve top down....! We stayed a beautiful hotel - The Tahitian Inn which we can highly recommend. The concert was awesome! The band is from Vegas and it shows as the stage was set for a production! They were dressed up, the sound and performance was amazing and they just wouldn't finish....as we left they came back for one more song and then another....just brilliant (Lance, we got you a souvenier!)
We'll keep working on the photos. Until then, take care! We'll see ya all in July!
Oh and for all the facebookers - we're both on facebook!
Congrats to Jana on her engagement!
Clauds & Richy
Location: Miami and Naples, USA
We have not fallen off the planet, or disappeared into nowhere
..weve just been cut off from the internet
.that actually feels like were gone!!
Its been a crazy few weeks
.weve been working hard getting ourselves ready for the big trip to the Bahamas. Claudine came down with serious flu and was ill for 2 weeks. Before that though we managed to fit in a trip on a catamaran, the St. Patricks Day parade and a trip to Miami.
The Sweet Liberty catamaran took us on a dolphin cruise into the Gulf of Mexico. It was really interesting to see the million dollar properties along the water.
The St Patricks Day parade is the largest in SW Florida and we really enjoyed seeing an American parade.
The trip to Miami would have been better if Claudine was a little healthier, but we still enjoyed walking along South Beach and having lunch there. The reason for the trip was to see SNOW PATROL live. We really enjoyed the band, they are amazing live!!
Well add photos soon from these three days out and then Ill send the update from the Bahamas trip.
Happy Birthday to Desiree S and Desiree W (same day, different parts of the world!!) Bryan in Zanzibar and Madelaine.
..well be in better contact soon
Love Richy and Clauds
Location: Everglades, Florida, USA
Firstly we have to ask everyone from Bermuda Isle (and the rest in the US) to lend your support to JOE-JO JENNINGS - "the mayor of Naples" - and his amazing bike ride to raise money for MS. The web link is http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?px=30... - If it won't link, email us and we'll give you the info.... It's for an awesome cause and Joe-Jo is training hard for this tough race!
Now, back to us!
We've been having a great time getting out of Naples and into the Everglades (the large sub tropical swamp known for it's wildlife!) well, we saw some wildlife! There were some great birds to see, especially the little kingfishers right next to the road. What did surprise us was the alligators just lying in the swamp next to the road (this coming from us - people use to a game reserve!) They're smaller than expected and very very laid back.
We had an awesme day with Magdel and Louise just driving where we wanted to, getting on an airboat and cruising through the mangrove forests, eating 'gator and just walking in the forest. A pretty good day out!
We'e booked and paid for Richard's birthday - the 430 gang are joining us, so we are 8 in total going on a little 3 day cruise from Miami to Bahamas.....honestly, we can't wait! But before then we're off to Miami for one night!! So much to do!!
Missing everyone back home in SA! Missing everyone else spread all over the world!
Happy Birthday's to Russell E, Kirsty, Tarryn F, Lindiwe, Rachel, Russell W and Bryan.
Lots of love to all
Clauds and Richy
Location: Tampa, Fl, USA
Greetings from a sunnier and warmer Florida!
We returned today from our night out in Tampa (about 2hours drive, North of Naples). We drove up Tuesday morning, spent the afternoon at the Florida Aquarium and went to a NHL game (ice hockey).
It was an awesome trip! We stayed at a very funky hotel, right opposite the stadium so it was a quick walk. It's a newish hotel and the decor is quiet cool - the lobby is big and airy and there's palm trees all over. This morning we had an amazing breakfast buffet there - yum!
The Aquarium was beautiful. The tanks are all huge so you see a lot - you can stand there for hours! The walls have been made to look as if they form part of the reef - very cool! We saw sharks, turtles, a variety of sea horses, tropical fish and penguins. There was a special feeding of the stingrays - very interesting and we enjoyed the wetlands area as we finally got to see alligators!
The hockey game was so intense! It was great to hear the American National Anthem live (we still prefer SA's one) and the crowd was so fired up. It was a pretty exciting game as the Panthers had a good lead over the home team - Tampa Bay Lightening. But the team came back in time....as the scores were tied, the game ran into over time. After no scoring we got to see a penalty shoot out! Ice Hockey is almost as violent as rugby and we saw a real punch up!
It was an awesome experience, we only wished we had more time, but Richard and KP had to get to work today. In three weeks time we're off to Miami to see Snow Patrol. But if we get some time off we'll try get out before then.......
Chica had her little pups - cutest little ugly things ever! That's the only big news from home at this moment (we think!) We got biltong this week from the American South African shop.
Thanks for the messages and phone calls. We'll keep in touch.
Richy and Clauds
Location: Bermuda Isle, USA
Well, it's been another busy week. It started off last Sunday (11 Feb) when we said good bye to Tim and Leighton with a good ol' South African styled braai (as cooked by an American chef!). It was a really good night! Although, i feel bad saying a farewell was good!
We nearly overslept, but managed to get Tim to Fort Myers airport on time on Tuesday. We went for a walk along the beach as the the sun was rising and saw the Fort Myers pier (the Naples one is much prettier). We stopped for a yummy breakfast before heading back to Naples.
Later in the week we hired a car (an awesome Mazda 6!) but didn't get far as we got distracted by a big outlet shopping mall that was having a sale! So after we attacked Guess, Nine West, Calvin Klein, Banana Republic, Levi and Aeropostale we finally returned home to recover!
For valentine's day we went to a great local persian restuarant - Bha Bha! And the food was incredible!
Happy Birthday message to Michelle! Hope it was a great one.
Clauds and Richard
Location: Naples, USA
Well we loaded a few photos, just ones of a life here....nothing exciting....ok, maybe a little funny!
Last weekend we watched the Super 14 Rugby games as downloaded from the internet - pity about the Stormers! This was right after THE event on the American NFL calander - SUPERBOWL! It was exciting....and a bit confusing!
We investigated flying to Jamaica for the Cricket World Cup in March but the match games are too expensive, so we'll try go to Miami instead in March..... But at least we'll be in a similar time zone unlike the rest of the world for the matches.
We've organised tickets to a NHL (Ice Hockey) Game in Tampa on the 20th - so we'll get some photos up then.
That's it from Naples for now, til next time