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When we say Orlando Florida, the first thing that comes in everyone’s mind is ….PLAYGROUND! Yes! This is the world’s biggest playground. You can find most of thefamous theme parks here.
To be honest, I am not a theme park kind of guy, riding a roller coaster is not really my kind of thing. My hands became so sweaty just the thought of riding one, but once I am there, I am not really afraid of it.
…because we were in Orlando, we really made sure that we’ll visit some of these parks and our first stop —-> DISNEY WORLD.
As mentioned in my previous blog, (Event and Travel Blog: #GO! EN2013 World Conference) I am already staying in Disney world, so it not that difficult to maneuver around the whole park.
We have an option of taking the bus (which we did) or take a ferry. It took us about 30min to arrive in the Magic Kingdom and once loosed, we became like a kid again.
This is the 2nd Disney Theme Park that I have visited, the first was Disney Paris and I really enjoyed it. I was there on their 20th year anniversary, it was superb (I Left My Heart In Paris (BackPacking Blog).
This time, although I was not really expecting that much, I was still looking forward to be blown away and feed my inner kid cravings.
The Florida sun was scorching hot but we endured it to watch the Mickey and Friends show welcoming us in front of Cinderella’s Castle.
Sipping our ice cold Starbucks frappe, I told myself that one day I will be bringing my nieces and nephew here.
I am confessing (right now) that I am a Disney fan. I have watched almost all Disney classic animations and memorized by heart those classic songs. My favorite is Beauty and the Beast (i know..shameful), but when I arrived in Belle’s village, I can’t hide the smile on my face. I was in the opening scene of the movie…singing the movie’s opening song…and the design of Gaston’s Tavern was awesome.
Before going to the theme park, I planned already to ambush every Disney princesses that I will see and have them taken a photo with a Surat Journal for #MyTravelingJournalProject (#TheTravelingJournalProject) promotions. I thought that I will have a hard time, but it was very easy.
It is like shooting birds in one stone…plus they are very friendly (annoyingly friendly actually).
As the saying goes, our day was indeed a roller coaster ride (I will not put it into details), it was too warm, then it rained..then we thought that the parade was a bit anti climactic and there are too much people to really enjoy the fireworks and castle light show, but, just to be there and see characters you have grown to, made it still very special. I think this is where the magic comes in.
Yes, as an adult, we tend to change the things that we enjoyed but there is always that kid inside each and everyone of us, wishing on a star and dreaming of a happy ending (hahaha…every stretchy final words).
Next stop! ….UNIVERSAL STUDIOS—-yey for Harry Potter World rooaaar!!!.
We haven’t really formally announced it yet, but The Traveling Journal Project has a new keeper (He’s been keeping the journal for weeks now, and he shared a few photos already…you’ll see it soon)…and today is his BIRTHDAY!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARC! Thanks for being part of this project!
Dubai is indeed a big playground (not just for kids, if you know what I am saying). The thing with this place, with all the biggest, the tallest and other world record breaking acievements , finding something authentic is a bit of a scarce. If it’s not too expensive, you’ll end up disappointed. .
I can say that I am not that picky with food. I always appreciate what’s on the table, but one can always dream. After my trip to Italy, I became critical with Italian food (naks), there is something with real Italian cuisine that I can’t really explain, but the taste of fresh pizza dough, hand made pasta and overpowering flavor of basils and tomatoes which you can find in you friendly neighborhood ristorantes and pizzerias is something I’ve been craving for from time to time….and for little less than 10 euros.
As a normal day in Dubai goes, hanging out in the mall in search of sale items, we passed by a huge market like shop called ‘Eataly. It was the old location of ‘Organics’ (if I am not mistaken). It has the same concept as Organics and Joe’s the Grocer, but this one, as the name implied, it is an Italian market place….anything and everything Italian.
The moment I stepped inside and saw the fresh hanging mozzarella balls, I already know that I will like this place. Aside from selling Italian ingredients, it is also a restaurant. Around this Italian market, you can find food stations from pizza, pasta and even a gelato station . You can go directly to those stations or you can get a table and be waited on.
Although we just came from dinner, we can’t really passed this opportunity to try their stuff, so we grabbed a table and ordered a Calamari Fritti and a La Mozzarella Fior di Latte. While we were waiting for our orders to come, we can’t resist not to wander around, so we asked the waiter to reserve our table.
I love the way the interior was laid out, the white subway tiles that enveloped the whole place made it look clean and neat but the tile is a bit irregular in shape and artisan-ish, creating a raw organic vibe in the place.
Now back to the food, although I must admit that service needs to be improved as the waiters were not as prompt (and informative) as one can hope for but when our food arrived, we forgot everything about it. I haven’t tasted any Italian dish in Dubai as authentic as this. The best calamari in the city I must say and the freshness of the mozzarella made our stay worthwhile.
Prices are in the mid range meaning it is very affordable to everyone looking for a good Italian cuisine to satisfy their palate. I will definitely going back and try their pizzas and pastas.
Eataly is located in the ground floor of Dubai Mall in front of Texas Roadhouse.
A quick note from Wikipedia:
“Eataly is a high-end Italian food market/mall chain comprising a variety of restaurants, food and beverage stations, bakery, and retail items. The first Eataly opened in Turin, Italy, in January 2007. In New York City Eataly opened in August 2010.”
follow them in social media: (Eataly branches around the world)
With the success of The Traveling Journal Project we are coming up with something exciting for all of our globetrotter friends!
Watch out for it…coming very very soon in 2014!