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Trip Report Melting! Wilderness Lodge in August

Discussion in 'WDW Trip Reports' started by sheriffwoody, Aug 20, 2017.

  1. krisri18

    krisri18 Active Member

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    Great trip report and photos! Thanks for sharing!
     
  2. TheMouseFan

    TheMouseFan Well-Known Member

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    Thank you so much for sharing your trip and beautiful photos with us! Have so much fun in Rome and on your next WDW trip! Can't wait to hear about both!
     
  3. Matty30

    Matty30 Well-Known Member

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    Loved your report and of course all your pictures!
     
  4. LisaBelle

    LisaBelle Well-Known Member

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    Loved your report! The engagement photos are beautiful! Richard is so adorable! So fun that you kept running into @blgauger & Dylan! Love the photo of the four of you in front of the castle. Already looking forward to your next report!! Bon voyage!
     
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    Really enjoyed reading this! Fantastic photos. Thanks for posting! I look forward to the next one- and enjoy Rome! :)
     
  6. blgauger

    blgauger Well-Known Member

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    Your nighttime Pandora pictures are amazing.. the engagement pictures are okay too. :p But seriously.. I just showed all of our pictures to my sister-in-law today and I was swooning all over again. :inlove: I will never stop being grateful and amazed that things worked out for us to do this! I was cracking up at the pictures from after breakfast. Dylan got a kick out of them, too. :hilarious: I already felt like I knew you prior to our Tambu meet up and the shoot, but that's even more true after those things (and the million times we ran into you unexpectedly :rolleyes:). LOL that the CM was concerned about us being freaks. We're not that bad. :p

    So excited for your F&W trip!!!! Perhaps an accidental (or purposeful) meet up in WS is in order? :joyfull:
     
  7. fractal

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    Great report and photos!

    Looking forward to more of your adventures.
     
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  8. gdisneyfans

    gdisneyfans Well-Known Member

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    Your photos are just beautiful! Especially the ones in Pandora in the evening:inlove: I can only imagine what your wedding photos look like! Thanks for another great report!! Enjoy Rome AND WDW...I'm not jealous or anything;):)
     
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  9. Princess Leia

    Princess Leia Well-Known Member

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    Your photos are absolutely gorgeous :happy: I'm getting super impatient for my trip just looking at them.

    Have fun in Rome!
     
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  10. Courtney6682

    Courtney6682 Well-Known Member

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    Excellent TR...

    So fun that u got to meet up with @blgauger and Dylan!! The pics were great!
     
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  11. sheriffwoody

    sheriffwoody Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Hey friends!

    So I'm sitting in a presentation for this case study the business students are doing, so since I'm way lost, I figured I'd share some of my pictures that I've taken in Rome so far. Our first couple of days were for touring, so we hit most of the sites around the city.

    These are rough edits of jpgs, so don't judge me too hard. I didn't bring my CF card reader, so I'm just pulling jpgs off my SD card for now.

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    My first lunch in Rome! I forgot to photograph the menu, so I have no idea what it was. It was yummy though! Probably my favorite meal so far. It was at a place called Pepe Verde near our hotel.

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    First stop: Vatican City! My impression: beautiful but way too crowded. I recommend NOT going on a weekend mid-day. I know that's kind of common sense, but it's just not enjoyable when it's that crowded. Luckily we did a guided tour, so we didn't have to wait in long lines. The tour guide wasn't great, so I pulled my headphones out a lot. I was underwhelmed by the Sistene Chapel, mainly because the atmosphere was terrible in there. Like I said, way too crowded, and no one observes the rules, so the guards are constantly hollering "SILENCIO!" which kind of defeats the point...

    Whatever, I saw it...and it is just as beautiful as I imagined.

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    The real star of the Vatican tour is St. Peter's Basilica. I literally gasped when I walked in. It's breathtaking. It's also huge, so the crowds aren't as bad in there.

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    Gasped again when I turned around and saw the Pieta. Oh. My. Gosh. I've read about this sculpture all the life, and there is was right in front of me. It's stunning. Try to ignore the glare from the glass. I wish I could have just had like 5 minutes alone in front of it, but alas...I had like 10 seconds with about 50 people. I touched a lot of people on this tour... o_O

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    Ceiling in an area of the basilica

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    Three of us mailed postcards from the Vatican. This is one of the MBA students.

    Yesterday morning, I set out on my own and took the metro to the Colosseum. It was still the weekend, and kind of late by the time I got there, so it was crowded. I decided not to go in since it was so busy, but I'm hoping to go back tomorrow and go in.

    We did another tour yesterday afternoon that started near the Spanish Steps. We saw the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, and a few other things. Our tour guide this time was great. He gave me a 5 cent Euro for answering one of his questions right :joyfull: He said I was the first person to ever get it right!

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    I tossed a coin in, but apparently I was supposed to do it over my shoulder...oh well.

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    The Pantheon was amazing too. The floor especially is remarkable. The floor and the dome are both original to the second century structure. I mean... WOW.

    Ok that's all I got for now. Hope y'all enjoyed these!

    Rome looks nothing like the pavilion in Epcot, but I'll let ya know if Venice does :D

    Also, I had pizza near the Vatican that was awful, but the stuff I had last night near Piazza de Spagna was quite good! Better than Via Napoli in my opinion :p
     
  12. MinnieM123

    MinnieM123 Well-Known Member

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    Wow! What a trip you're on. The photo of Michelangelo's Pieta brought back memories of my mother--that was her favorite sculpture.
     
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  13. Swissmiss

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    Thanks for sharing your Rome pictures. Do try to get back to see the colosseum and palatine hill - and if necessary get into one of the tour groups that form at the entrance; we had excellent luck with the quality of the guides.
     
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    I bet if you let Disney know ahead of time, they would make something that he would like. They will so vegetarian and gluten-free stuff.
     
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    Love the pics! Keep 'em coming
     
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    I thought there was a small version of a fountain in Epcot that was supposed to represent the Trevi fountain in Rome?

    Either way I am loving the pictures - Italy in general and Rome in particular are on the bucket list
    Just have to stop going to Disney so often.

    Max
     
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  17. sheriffwoody

    sheriffwoody Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    It's supposed to represent it, but it's like....not even close.

    I highly recommend Rome! There's a ton to do here. I will probably try to come back with my husband, but I also want to visit some smaller cities. Rome is HUGE...or YUUUUGE. :D
     
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  18. sheriffwoody

    sheriffwoody Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    We are going to the Colosseum this afternoon! We just bought regular tickets, no tour this time. I've honestly had my fill of guided tours by now :joyfull:
     
  19. gdisneyfans

    gdisneyfans Well-Known Member

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    Loving your photos!! Thanks so much for sharing while on your trip:happy: Looking forward to more!
     
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  20. newhorizons1

    newhorizons1 Well-Known Member

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    Great photos!

    You rocked those overalls. Also, I definitely didn’t notice your arm on Everest until you mentioned it. However, I did notice your super awesome table at ‘Ohana.

    Love your cheap Amazon backpack. Hooray for cheap Amazon finds!

    Excellent parade photos! I’ve never actually watched that parade, so thanks for taking me through it!

    Great shots of the giraffes and lion on the safari!

    Great report! Looking forward to the next one!

    Also, thank you so much for sharing some of your photos from Rome. It’s on my bucket list to travel there. I absolutely love Roman history and studying the Renaissance. I hope you post some more photos from your trip!
     

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