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Re: Photo TR: Adam's Grand European Adventure

Postby Nrthwnd » Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:30 pm

I love these kinds of themed restaurants, especially (sort of)
small ones hidden away like treasures for all to find. :smile:

Loved your London touring, too. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Photo TR: Adam's Grand European Adventure

Postby jedimaster1227 » Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:47 pm

Our final day in London included a mix of attractions historic and more modern... It was really about getting as much in our day as we could, as the next day would be the start of the next leg of our trip, taking us far away.
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Our morning began at the Tower of London... It is neat to see the representation of different animals that were kept on the grounds here.
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Pretty storied.
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And here is where the Crown Jewels are kept.
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We were able to see a changing of the guard...
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The Tower of London has a dark past that would scare many and fascinate others.
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Giant ravens can be found throughout the grounds...
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They were bred and raised to protect the grounds a result of the king's superstitions that the Tower would fall without their presence... They are fed blood soaked biscuits as a part of their regular diet.
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Baboons were kept on the grounds back in the day.
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How cool of them to actually tie into the masterful film, Muppets Most Wanted!
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Modern architecture towers over the classic stonework.
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I'm not going to explicitly call it out, but I took the photo at an angle for a reason... The king whose armor was fashioned in this way specifically mandated that his armor compensate for an inadequacy.
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The chapel inside of the Tower of London.
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The Tower Bridge can be seen from the grounds...
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The Tower of London was also known for its dungeon's torture methods...
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The London skyline really is pretty.
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The Tower Bridge is so iconic...
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Time to take a closer look!
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A much closer look!
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I loved the glass flooring you could walk while upstairs!
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Part of the admission access for the Tower Bridge allows you to go into the Engine Room to see the engines that drive the Tower Bridge to raise and lower.
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I couldn't make this stuff up...
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No escape.
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St. Paul's Cathedral was beautiful.
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We happened to visit while they were filming Men in Black International out front so we weren't able to go into the Cathedral.
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The Millennium Bridge has been featured in Harry Potter and Guardians of the Galaxy, so it was neat to see in person.
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Wonderful.
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We weren't going to miss the chance to tour Buckingham Palace! Unfortunately photos or video are not allowed inside (this is the backside of the Palace that you see upon exiting the tour) but the opulence of each room is absolutely overwhelming.
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Having been so enamored with Fortnum & Mason the day before, we had to stop by Harrod's... While nice, I definitely prefer F&M.
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Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese was the next place we were directed to...
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When at a storied pub, you drink beer.
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I was told that this was the dish to get. And it did not disappoint.
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After lunch we made our way to the London Eye complex again to hang out along the Thames and to take in the view.
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The capsules on the London Eye are far more unique than those of the Orlando Eye... Such a unique experience by comparison.
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There appeared to be a portable Starflyer set up nearby.
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At night we could see the clock faces of Big Ben more clearly.
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Quite a stunning view.
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Touristy or not, I was super glad that we ended up coming back to ride the London Eye.
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We finished our evening with dinner at a Yo! Sushi...
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CURRY!
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And Beef Nigiri to round out the meal.
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The best convenience shop name I've ever seen.
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Re: Photo TR: Adam's Grand European Adventure

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:11 pm

^ Awesome tour of London, Adam! So much to be seen, just the outside architecture, etc. :wink:
And great name for a sushi place....Yo! Sushi....very cool to see. Thanks for all the photos and
TR about it.

And that Eye ride you took.... :lover: Next time I want to ride it during nightfall. Truth!
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Re: Photo TR: Adam's Grand European Adventure

Postby ObeyTheShihTzu! » Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:38 pm

Adam, years ago I lived in London, and wow has it changed! But ONE thing I'm so happy to hear is that Fortnum & Mason still offers the BEST AFTERNOON TEA IN TOWN! Am sooo glad you got to try it!
P.S. That evening shot of Big Ben is -- to revert to Brit speak -- BRILLIANT! =)

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Re: Photo TR: Adam's Grand European Adventure

Postby jlp94 » Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:48 pm

The Tower of London was the first official attraction I did when visiting London, I agree it's an amazing experience. Even if you only go to England for coasters, enthusiasts need to visit that place.
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Re: Photo TR: Adam's Grand European Adventure

Postby jedimaster1227 » Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:18 pm

Following an incredible week in Paris and London it was time for the next leg of our trip to begin! We next embarked on an eleven night Transatlantic Cruise from Dover, England to New York City, USA! The cruise would be the longest I'd ever experienced and would bring us to a bunch of places we'd never been before... And with the Disney Magic as our floating hotel for these eleven nights, we had plenty of opportunity to enjoy some amazing cuisine, wonderful entertainment and more time to relax than we'd ever had on any vacation before!
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Time for our next adventure to begin!
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I knew we'd be sailing from the Port of Dover but I honestly never drew the connection...
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I didn't realize that I'd be seeing the famous White Cliffs of Dover from the ship!
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Really stunning!
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Our stateroom for the cruise!
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I always make it a point to visit the youth activities spaces onboard the DCL ships during the Open House periods...
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I love that the Society of Explorers and Adventurers has become a more prominent part of Disney lore in recent years.
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These handwashing stations are incredible... It amazes me that they haven't popped up elsewhere on land.
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While roaming the Oceaneer's Lab, we ran into Goofy!
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The Marvel's Avengers Academy section of the Oceaneer's Club is awesome!
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Edge is the tween club on the Disney Magic and it is so neat!
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I love the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea nods!
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Flying the British Flag...
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It wouldn't be an embarkation day without lunch at Cabana's!
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Time to sail away!
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The welcome show in the Walt Disney Theater kicked off our eleven nights of entertainment (no photos allowed of any entertainment in the theater).
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First dinner of the cruise was in Lumiere's!
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The details throughout these ships are amazing!
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The Salmon Carpaccio was unreal!
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I always love finding the shipbuilder "signature" on each of the ships.
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Disney Cruise Line celebrated 20 years of sailings with a new line of merchandise available onboard.
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I ran into Mickey before calling it a night!
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As our first night winded down, we returned to our stateroom to find some info about our next day's activities in and around Portland.
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I've always loved this.
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What better way to start a day than with fresh Mickey Waffles?
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When in Portland, where do you go?
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Lots of sheep on the walk to Stonehenge... There's a bus that can take you directly to the site, but with the beautiful countryside to be enjoyed, we figured we'd take the 20 minute hike each way.
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Enjoying the lovely weather...
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My spirit animal on this trip.
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This experience rocks.
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Some people probably take it for granite.
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No, I'm not full of schist.
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Stonehenge is one of those glad-you-visited kind of experiences... I wouldn't have gone out of my way to visit Portland had it not been on the cruise itinerary, but I wasn't going to go to Portland and not see Stonehenge.
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We were blessed with lovely weather during our visit.
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There it is.
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Time to head baaaaaahck.
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What a beauty.
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The local choir assembled at the port to send us off with some tunes!
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A ceremonial cannon firing was done to send us off...
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Fire away!
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And waving goodbye...
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Second night's dinner: Animator's Palate!
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Which means Pasta Pursettes!
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And fantastic filets...
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The transformation of the dining room is amazing.
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You're not cruising if you're not having ice cream.
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I love it so much.
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Can't get enough!
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Looking forward to three more meals here!
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Next stop: Cobh (Queensland), Ireland!
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Re: Photo TR: Adam's Grand European Adventure

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:24 am

Oh awesome! I've wanted to do one of those transatlantic cruises for a while now. So far it looks fantastic.
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Re: Photo TR: Adam's Grand European Adventure

Postby cfc » Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:20 pm

Stonehenge . . . Never Forget!

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Re: Photo TR: Adam's Grand European Adventure

Postby jedimaster1227 » Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:38 pm

The next morning we woke up to a unique view as we docked on in the port of Cobh, Ireland. Many will know this port by its other name, Queenstown... Queenstown being famous as the final port of call for the RMS Titanic before it left for the ill-fated transatlantic crossing that so many know how it ended.

But Cobh (the original name of the port town and the reverted name post-Queenstown) is also a gateway port to Ireland and it is not far from Blarney Castle. I'd traveled through Ireland years earlier in high school and had visited Blarney once before--it was a highlight for me then, so I knew when we found out we'd be visiting Cobh as a part of our cruise that this would be something I could share with my wife. Just like I had ten years earlier, we climbed the steps and kissed the blarney stone. Plus this time around we had a chance to explore the grounds which were pretty neat!

The night ended with another excellent dinner aboard the Disney Magic and the first of many great variety acts that would keep us entertained over the coming four days of crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
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Quite the sight to wake up to...
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What a beautiful cathedral.
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Cabanas sure knows how to spoil a guy with breakfast!
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Queenstown hosts a Titantic Experience similar to the one found in Orlando, but we were here for something a little more unique.
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Blarney Castle has a unique beauty to it that I didn't get to appreciate quite as much due to lackluster weather during my last visit.
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Seriously folks, not for the faint of heart. The only climb more nerve-wracking than this were the ascent and descent of the spiral staircases of Notre Dame.
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Sadly no FastPass here.
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But the experience gives you a grand circle tour of the castle.
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Blarney Castle used to be more but the structures that have survived have been maintained and partially restored to retain their storied beauty.
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At the top you get a panoramic view of the Irish countryside...
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In case you were wondering about the significance of the Blarney Stone and why people kiss it.
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The act of kissing the Blarney Stone is a bit daunting... You lay flat on your back, holding on to two iron bars while a strong person holds onto you to lean you in upside down...
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In for the kiss, and then pulled swiftly back up.
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Such beautiful green.
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There's a small cave on the grounds that is fun to explore.
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Picturesque.
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The closer you get, the more impressive Blarney Castle truly is.
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Back aboard the Disney Magic it was time to get some delicious grab and go food, like this build-your-own bowl!
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Fans of the Disney Parks chicken nuggets will be happy to know they can get these delicious bites almost all the time you're on the ship.
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After Hours is the Disney Magic's adult district...
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You may notice that the martini's shape is a little more familiar when looked at upside down.
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O'Gill's Pub is the best place to go for some beer onboard!
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I've always wondered if O'Gill's Pub was named as throwback to "Darby O'Gill and the Little People," the live action Disney film starring Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, Sean Connery and Jimmy O'Dea.
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Rapunzel's Royal Table has two unique show evenings and this is the first of those two.
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There are hidden Pascals strategically blended in throughout the restaurant.
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The thugs of the Snuggly Duckling are throwing Rapunzel a birthday party and you get to help in the celebration!
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It is a really fun way to enjoy the evening!
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The Smolder is a transforming cocktail that, when poured...
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Becomes this!
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There's no shortage of salmon dishes onboard!
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No biggie... Just hanging out with Rapunzel on her birthday.
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The Trio of Veal was amazing!
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When I saw Truffle Layered Potatoes, I had to order a side.
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In Fathoms, I couldn't help but fall in love with the Episode 1-inspired drink.
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Delicious and it comes with the souvenir bracelet!
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Up next...
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Junnk is a cross between Stomp, Blue Man Group and Epcot's Jammitors and they put on such a fun show!
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Just a great time to be had!
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And yes, they do their own stunts!
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The Movies On Demand options in your stateroom are comprehensive and wonderful! Any excuse to watch Tomorrowland is good for me!
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Our Navigator for the next day would let us know about all that was in store for our first of four days at sea...
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Re: Photo TR: Adam's Grand European Adventure

Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:06 am

Nice update! It's nice to see the Blarney Store is so sizable. I always pictured it being a tiny thing considering how puny Plymouth Rock is near me.
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