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Welcome! I am Jane-Ellen (JE) I'm a travel agent and I am happy to share with you my love of travel. I am not a journalist, I simply enjoy traveling. My favorite travel destinations are Walt Disney World, Cruises and anywhere on our Harley. My husband, Steve and I are out on our Harley when time, work and weather permit. We try to take weekend trips whenever possible.
Walt Disney World has been a favorite spot to vacation since our first trip in 1983. We have had over 30 weeklong vacations and now living in Florida we visit monthly, although recently I find myself there weekly. Hey I am doing research!
Cruising is another passion. We have been on many cruises, predominately in the Caribbean. A seven day cruise is the best way to really unwind and relax; but if a three or four day cruise crosses our path, we set sail. I am an Accredited Cruise Councilor, and a Certified Travel Councilor. I have the highest level of education from all major cruise lines.
Many clients have asked for insider tips for Disney World and cruising. That is my goal to offer insider information on Disney, Cruises and biking.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Epcot's American Adventure Pavilion

While walking around the World Showcase recently I realized that so many times we skip over the American Pavilion. We were hot so we decided to visit the indoor show. We realized how under-rated this pavilion is, I decided to discuss it here to give you an idea of what you are missing.

I have a new slogan for Disney to use to promote the American Pavilion. "American Adventure Pavilion, at the very least stop by for the air conditioning."

This area has a lot to offer, celebrating American history and tradition.

The Liberty Inn is a great place to stop for lunch. They serve American Fare (no surprise there!)hamburgers, hot dogs and salads. While sitting in the open air seating you may hear the Fife and Drum Corp as they parade around the pavilion.

Stepping into the rotunda you will find quotes and paintings by famous Americans. Make sure to arrive a few minutes early for the show, you will enjoy spending time in the pavilion. There is much to see and do.

The Voices of Liberty is a group of singers dressed in colonial costumes that sing patriotic and folk songs in harmonized a capella. The acoustics are wonderful in the center of the rotunda! This is a do not miss performance.

Once the Voices of Liberty has completed their 10 minute show, you will enter the theatrical show. This inspiring show includes speeches by famous Americans such as Mark Twain and our founding fathers. The changing scenery and animatronic characters will amaze even the youngest visitors.
The open air American Gardens Theatre is home to many events during the year including The Candle Light Processional and concerts for the Flower and Garden Festival.

There is a gift shop (this is Disney after all) with American gifts. Here you will find copies of the Declaration of Independence, CDs and Disney toys.

The American Adventure is a great place to stop and cool off or catch your breath. Slow down your pace and enjoy!

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Visiting the Jersey Shore

Jersey Shore Vacation

I returned to my roots, the Jersey Shore. No not the one with Snooki and The Situation. The peaceful, serene sand covered shoreline in Monmouth County. The weather has been unseasonably hot so I have been frequenting Asbury Park’s Fifth Avenue beach. The beach has been crowded on the weekends and almost empty on weekdays. The cost for a daily beach badge is $6 weekends and free on weekdays (for now) in late June they will also require a beach badge during the week.
The water has been very chilly, in the 60s, so I have done no more than put my toes in the water. There has generally been a nice breeze that keeps the heat at bay.
The boardwalk is open for the season with hot dogs, French fries and sugary snacks. Restauranst offer great fare in open air seating. The boardwalk and Asbury Park in general have popped back to life. There are several choices for dinner, lunch or snacks.
Stella Marina, Langosta Lounge and McCloone’s Supper Club offer a variety of upscale dining choices. We generally opt for the quick lunch at Mayfair Grill and Pucker. Pucker has great homemade lemonade and fresh “beach” fries.
There is no shortage of entertainment in Asbury. The Stone Pony still rocks the night away with contemporary bands and oldies like Peter Frampton and Southside Johnny. The pinball hall of fame offers all-you-can-play pinball for $10 a person. The best entertainment maybe just sitting on a bench and people watching, or if you are up to it, take a walk into Ocean Grove making sure to travel down the side streets to see the beautiful painted ladies, the restored Victorian homes.
I did venture away from the water a few times, visiting Red Bank and the famous Red Restaurant located on Broad Street. I enjoyed appetizers, cocktails and a great hangar steak dinner with old friends!
Don’t let those awful reality shows scare you away from vacationing in NJ. There’s plenty to do and you will never see Paulie D or Vinnie…hopefully!

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