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Via Napoli gets three thumbs up

Via Napoli gets three thumbs up, originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*.

We loved our meal. The crust of the pizza was limp except for the "handle" but the flavor was outstanding. We had the family salad first and then a large pizza – half was cheese and the other half a hodge-podge of eggplant, mushroom, artichoke and ham. With a pitcher of sangria, we are VERY happy for $21 each.

Upcoming Adventures: Flowers, Festivals, Walt and Wizards!

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Disney Friends

Friendship can be a motivator, a mover and a shaker. I am fortunate to be blessed with some really cool friends who’ve made adventurous plans for the month of May and they want me to tag along – w00t! Well you know my motto –Have Signal, Will Blog! Here’s what you can expect to see here at My Mobile Adventures *~*~* during the month of May:

The Edison-Ford Winter Estates
Fort Myers, Florida

My friend Christene is an avid Florida gardener who blogs at The Great Wall Of Lutz. She’ll be driving down to spend some much-needed vacation time on Sanibel Island. While she’s down this way, she’ll be indulging in her passion a bit by visiting some local gardens. Among her selections is the Edison-Ford Winter Estates, situated on the bank of the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers. There, we’ll tour the beautiful gardens and check out a festive bromeliad event that’s about to begin starting May 1st. We’ll go during the week, though, to avoid crowds.

IMG_1830-WDW-EPCOT-China-pond-water-lilyNaples Botanical Garden
Naples, Florida

About a half hour or so down the interstate (or down the Tamimami Trail/Route 41, take your pick) is the city of Naples, Florida. Naples can boast of several nature-related attractions, including the Corkscrew Swamp (on my “bucket list”) and Rookery Bay (been there, done that – check it out!). For this particular outing, Christene has selected the Naples Botanical Garden. I’ve checked out the map, and the place looks SWEET! Not only that, but our mutual friend Snowbird recently spent some time there and returned singing the praises of the place. I’m hoping this is a good time of year to visit and that there are lots of photo opportunities.

EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival VistaWalt Disney World – EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival
Orlando, Florida

Yep, I was just there, in February and in March. Yep, we’re going to do it again 🙂 This is one of my favorite events at Walt Disney World. For years, I dreamed of going to EPCOT during the Flower and Garden Festival. When I finally got my chance, it became an annual habit that was broken only in the year I moved to Florida (the move stepped all over the Festival in a big way, timing-wise). I’m especially looking forward to all the amazing scents – gardenia, jasmine, magnolia and many more. But more importantly, I’m looking forward to some quality time with my “sistas”, an amazing collection of women, all of whom I am privileged to call “friend”. AND, all of whom have a penchant for the Grey Goose/Grand Marnier Slushie kiosk in EPCOT’s France, not to mention the tequila bar in Mexico. Happy times, straight ahead!

Entrance, Universal Studios OrlandoThe Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Universal Orlando Resort

Yes, we were just here as well – ides of March, picked up Niece No. 1 at MCO and away we went for several days. This time, a couple of the “sistas” want to do only one day here, primarily to see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I imagine there’s butterbeer in our future, and I know I’m kinda looking forward to the ribs at the Three Broomsticks again 😉 What can I say, I’m a creature of habit and when I find a habit that I like a lot, I stick with it! I’m happy to go for one day and hit the highlights – Spiderman, Jurassic Park, maybe The Hulk if they are feeling adventurous, and of course, the entire Hogsmeade/Hogwarts compound, complete with a turn on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey as well as at least a walk through the queue for The Dragon Challenge. Should be a fun day!

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So, it looks like May will be packed with mobile adventures. I need to get over the school hurdle first – it’s the end of the semester and I have papers to write. Guess I’d better get to it – SEE YA REAL SOON!

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New topiary character at EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival

As you approach the turnstiles, you can already smell the sweet scent of "artificial strawberry flavoring" wafting on the breeze. Did not see where they’re pumping it in from, but it’s a fun touch, and good to see something new added to the front gate tableau since last week.

If you want to know what took me so long to post from inside the park this morning, then you should really check out a brief monorail tale that I just mobile blogged on TheSingleRider.com

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Tropical birds in EPCOT’s Mexico

These are not topiary. They are sort of beaded papier mache only instead of papier, it’s mesh. Mesh mache?

Anyhow, I remember when EPCOT used to turn this area of Mexico into an educational walk through a rain forest. Brightly colored orchids tumbled out of the trees everywhere you looked and the various layers of the ecosystem were explained.

No more. Nowadays, Disney does this festival on the cheap. And a sweatshirt approaches $60 and a Mickey bar is $3.50 *shakes head*

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Interloper in the Butterfly House!

I am more-than-vaguely certain that this is a moth, and therefore it does not really qualify for safe harbor here in the butterfly house.

In general, there is not a lot to see in here beyond the beautifully appointed habiyay that Disney Horticulture has assembled. This is probably because the festival only started two days ago and not a lot of butterflies have hatched yet.

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Artemis In The Olives

Artemis In The Olives, originally uploaded by Erin aka Tink*~*~*.

While I was trying to take this picture, a little girl ran up and threw her arms around the statue, posed and smiled, looking directly at the camera. Twice. Her mother dragged her away in between ruined shots. She is now being carried off on her father’s shoulders, bellowing and kicking him in the pecs. Ouchie.

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You would not believe how good it smells in here

Italy is done same as last year. I am sitting here in the outdoor living space they’ve set up, enveloped by the fragrance of citrus blossoms and the hauntingly beautiful "Intermezzo" from "Cavalleria Rusticana". That’s my favorite opera to sing because it affords a legitimate opportunity to chew up the scenery and spit it out 😉

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Flower Power Tronorail

Flower Power Tronorail

Flower Power Tronorail, originally uploaded by Erin aka Tink*~*~*.

I stood there for HOURS waiting for the monorail to come by and get itself into this shot – and whaddaya know, it ended up being the Tronorail!

On my way over to the Festival Center to see what I can see.

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Some very welcome REAL FOOD options at Sunshine Seasons

Hummus, couscous salad, black bean salad, side garden salad, tabbouleh… You could make a meal for a family of 4 by getting one of each! They sell a bag of white rolls to go with, but I would prefer dippin’ veggies for the hummus – carrots, celery, bell pepper strips would all work. Rye bread would work too.

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My healthy lunch (I am sure I will be bad later)

I will have to have a Mickey bar at some point to compensate myself for this… There is a veggie wrap with lettuce, carrots, cucumber, tomatoes and hummus. It’s not sloppy at all and I was able to pick it up and dip it ever so slightly in a puddle of dressing without becoming sticky. Also got fresh fruit for good measure – the grapes are a treat and always manage to taste better in Disney World! Finish with unsweet tea – voila, healthy lunch!
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Details on the Lavender Trumpet Trees at EPCOT

I am fairly certain that I photographed a blossom from this tree when I was in Animal Kingdom week before last. They grow along the path from the parking lot (PEACOCK) to the turnstiles. So check the photos from Saturday February 19th; that’s when I was at Animal Kimgdom and you might find a shot of the golden-throated blossom from this tree.

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Maybe it will be blooming in May

Last year, the magnolia trees at Walt Disney World surprised me by not blooming in April, which is when I thought they would based on my experiences in previous years. But last winter was really cold here in Florida, so maybe the trees were sleeping longer than they would normally be dormant.

A nice CM found me sitting on the ground taking this photo and went poking around until she discovered that the tree on the right is a lavender trumpet tree. It is FULL of busy little bees! And quite beautiful.

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Home of some (reasonably) healthy lunch options at EPCOT

Some of you know that I have been meditating and running and trying to follow a more or less low glycemic diet. If you are old, like me ;o) and you want to drop weight, lose the "white food" – sugar, bread (whole grain is ok), potatoes, pasta etc. You know, all the stuff that tastes really GOOD.

For me, losing the white food works! Since I am here at Walt Disney World fairly frequently, I cannot operate under the old (totally delusional) wisdom which states that there are no calories on vacation. So I’m about to check Sunshine Seasons inside Living With The Land to see if I can find something "non-white" for lunch.

Let’s go!
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Flower and Garden Festval Adventure Begins!

I am all checked in – and I was upgraded to a roomy suite with a nice view. Not that I plan to be here much – gonna stow my stuff and head for Pearly Gates Jr. Then it’s on to EPCOT for the International Flower and Garden Festival. Stay tuned!

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