Monday, November 28, 2011

A Week After Vacation

Well, it's been a week since we got back from Florida.  My mind was in a fog for two days when we got back because I didn't want to get back to Pennsylvania.  The whole time we were in Florida it only rained a short time one morning.  We spent the week at Disney World and one day at Cocoa Beach.

 As we drove out of Florida, I almost cried.  I felt like I was leaving home forever.  On the way home, we talked about moving down there.
We watched the temperature drop on the thermometer on our car as we headed north.  Once we entered West Virginia, we were greeted by fog, rain, and very cold temperatures.  This picture is of the fog lying in the valley as we climbed the mountain in W. Va.

I can't say enough good things about our trip this year.  We did a lot of things we hadn't done before.  Some were corny like The Enchanted Tiki Room.  Other things were never really missed all the other years we had gone like Stitch's Great Escape.  My cousin convinced us to see The Country Bears Show.  Um, well, it was a classic, I guess.

We stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village.  We ate at Sanaa, the restaurant on the first floor of Kidani.  I was a little apprehensive about eating here because I have some really picky eaters in my family, but I think it was the single most enjoyable experience I've ever had a Disney restaurant, maybe any restaurant.  Our service was spectacular (thank you, Ken), and the food was different and delicious.  I had Tandoori shrimp.  We sampled African breads and dipping sauces which were all wonderful.  One was a bit too spicy for my liking, but I don't do spice.  The decor and atmosphere were so inviting and comfortable.  If you ever go to Disney, I HIGHLY recommend Sanaa.

The day before we left we ate at Raglan Road in Downtown Disney, a place I had always wanted to go but never got around to.  It is an Irish pub, very quaint and authentic inside.  I had a lobster and avocado salad sandwich.  Oh my, was it just scrumptious!

I have almost 1000 photos from our trip, so I will have more to share in the days or weeks to come.  Suffice it to say, I may soon be posting the progress of our move to Florida.  :-)


  1. If you move to Florida, we are following you down and moving in next door!

    PS - The Country Bear Jamboree IS a classic!!

  2. Sounds like you had a great trip! I can't wait for ours. I don't think we'll have time to eat there this next trip though. I've got our meals planned. LOL (no surprise there!) Glad you had a wonderful time - can't wait to see more pictures.

  3. I saw you posting to Heidi on FB and couldn't resist reading your thoughts about Sanaa. It was our favorite meal of our trip too! We were all impressed, and I was thrilled that the chef helped me find such a wonderful allergy-friendly meal. The only bad thing is that now my husband wants me to figure out how to make African food at home. :)

  4. Cristi,

    I found a recipe for Naan Bread from Sanaa from That's the only thing I've found so far, but I am sure other recipes are out there.

  5. We live in Florida and outside of the VERY hot summers, it is a wonderful place to live B-)

    ~> We are planning our 1st Disney trip ourselves! This will the first time I have taken my kids and I'm super excited :D Any tips?! Advice?

    Keri-A homeschooling mom of 2 who is happy to cook, clean, and even do windows...just don't ask me to be my kids' creative writing tutor

  6. I have so many tips. Do you have any specific questions? When are you planning to go? Stay? I recommend park hopper tickets so you are not tied to just one park a day. Make sure you go to I learned so much by reading this website before our first trip. It has photos, menus, tips, and information about everything you could think to ask. Also, will give you additional information and discounts.