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14 February 2011 @ 11:31 am
Happy Valentine's. Vacation photo dump 1  
I still feel trashed this morning. Goodness, I should have been over it now. Doesn't help that my back hurts a bit too. So I'm not going out today like I had hoped. I'll put it off for when I feel recovered. Anyway, this is for Day 1 and there are around I think 76 pics total. I'll break it into two parts and make this part one.

This was the entrance to the WorldQuest Resort. It was a gated hotel which I had never heard of either. I loved the secluded quiet exclusivity of it all. Despite being cold the days were sunny and bright. Just beautiful.

This is the fountain by the pool. We got there too early. Check in wasn't until 1pm so we went out to kill time.

So we went to the guitar center. This is the wall for the Electric guitars. The basses are in that back room.

This is the bass I want. It's a Schecter 5 string Raiden elite in cherry red. I played this one a few weeks ago at the Guitar Center in Tampa and fell in love with it then. I'd never heard of Shcecter but it's light, smooth and sounds very good. But I also want a five string B.C. Rich Zombie bass which like the Beast unfortunately they don't make anymore. Would love to get my hands on one and try it out.

Here's Chris playing a 12 string acustic. I wouldn't want to restring and tune that thing.

A wall of guitars. I like the blue one.

Another wall of acustic guitars. I bought Chris a capo for Valentine's Day.

After that we went for a drive down International Drive. It's so cool to see all the stores. We loved this wicked angler fish statue.

The upside down museum Wonder Works is always cool. These photos turned out great considering we were driving. It wasn't easy to get them. I couldn't get the other side but it was neat with the palm trees hanging all over the place. There's only one palm tree on this side. There are two buildings like this. Wonder Works I think was first then Ripley's ripped them off and did the same thing.

I love anything to do with Titanic. I'd seen the traveling one in St. Pete years ago. Then when they came to MOSI and I was working there it was just too cool. I got to watch them build it. Will have to check this one out one day.

I love how even the generic stores are done up. This one was like a UFO. I love it.

This is one of my faves. It's been around for years and visible from I-4. It's all painted with Bald Eagles on all sides.

I love this patriotic one with the space shuttle.

Chris noticed this while driving and we took a pic when we stopped at the red light. This picture makes no sense. It's look up at the sky and there's a jet stream that looks like it's below the clouds but the shadow is being cast up? That makes no sense. Or perhaps it IS above but looks like it's not. That would make sense because the sun would cast the shadow down not up.

Then I took this one and I didn't know I was aiming through the blue part of the glass. I don't like it but Chris does. He said it looks like it's at night. But still that shadow's on the wrong side. The laws of physics have broken.

The lobby of the club house. The rest of the pics from here out are of our hotel room. Espcially the kitchen because I was majorly impressed how it was full stocked with utensiles.

Looking out at the entrance.

Our kitchen.

Coffee and coffee maker! I didn't even get to use this because I'd already had coffee at McDonald's. It's that card that listed everything that made me realized the cupboards were loaded.



Plates and cups.


Pots and pans! I hadn't expected that.


Microwave and stuff.

Measuring spoons.

More cups.

Cutting board.

The fridge.

The sink and Chris playing behind it.

Here he is playing. Notice the capo I got him in the first fret.

Laundry room. Since we were only there one day we didn't get to use this. Would have been cool to come home with all clean laundry in the luggage had we stayed longer.

Chris playing in the living room.

Guest bathroom.

Guest bedroom.

TV in guest bedroom.

Hair dryer.

TV in the living room. We never used it. There was a DVD player under it and we almost used that to play our mp3 metal CD's.

Guest bedroom with swans. That's our luggage btw. Everything we needed we packed with room to spare in that.

TV in master bedroom. We only turned this on once to watch the weather channel.

Cute soaps in the bathroom.

Swans close up.

Patio chairs.

Patio door to master bedroom.

Beautiful Florida scenary from patio.

The closet was in the bathroom. That was weird.

Shower in master bathroom.

Hot tub. This is what we'd been looking foward to. More cute towel art.

Tucked away toilet.

Master Bathroom sinks.

And a close up of the sinks.

That's it for Part 1 of Day 1. Yikes I'm not even half way done with this.
Current Mood: tiredtired
actipton80actipton80 on February 14th, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
I like the blue guitar too. It really stands out from all the other ones.

International Drive reminds me of the things they have to do in the Pigeon Forge area. They have an upside down museum there, but I haven't been to it.
Desthagirion on February 14th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I'm not too into the classical/acustic stuff but I like to listen to others play and I like guitars that are creatively colored like that. I love the one Toby Keith has that has an American Flag on it.

Yeah it's meant to attract the tourist and sure is fun. I haven't gone into it either but hope to one day.
sike_saner on February 14th, 2011 06:54 pm (UTC)
That blue guitar on the wall immediately caught my eye. I don't think I've ever seen a blue acoustic. Plus it's quite pretty, that shade of blue. Very bold.

I really like the angler fish statue, as well as the Wonder Works building. I also especially like the UFO building and the sky-building with all the eagles.

There's kind of an optical illusion-type quality about the pictures of the jet stream that I thought was kinda neat. The jet stream and its shadow on each of them kinda make it look like there's a narrow, raised strip on each of the pictures. It's like if the photos were printed out and then the paper were pressed down on top of curved strips of metal or something.

I love how they bother to include so much stuff in that hotel. And that's the first time I've ever seen a closet in a bathroom. I've seen little closet-ish room positioned near bathrooms for storing extra towels and such in, but never a regular closet for clothes actually inside the bathroom like that.
Des: Huh?thagirion on February 14th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah I really like that blue one too. I've seen all kinds of colors now that I've been looking into guitars. I think the worst I've seen so far were some Peptobismol pink guitars. Eew! Chris and I call call everything Peptobismol when it's that shade of pink.

All those buildings were so neat and I wasn't even able to get pics of all the ones we saw because we drove by so fast. It's such a neat area.

I can't get my head around how that happened in the sky. Perhaps the jet stream ripped through leaving a perfect hole of itself behind. It really doesn't make sense how that's happened.

I know. I was very impressed with everything I found in that kitchen. And yes I couldn't find the closet cause of that. "Where's the closet?" "In the bathroom." HUH? Ok, that helps if you want to dress in there right after a shower which is nice.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Cool Zoraksilvolf on February 14th, 2011 10:26 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah I was gunna mention about the closet in the bathroom lol. Very odd.
I saw one of those upside down museums in TN. I never went in it but I think I got a photo of it. A 12 stringed guitar must be annoying to restring. I went to a museum once and they had all these really old guitars there, really weird and unusual ones. I wondered how easy it would be to restring those.
The photo of the sky is totally neat!
Des: I Don't Get Itthagirion on February 14th, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah it was pretty strange where they put the closet.
I'll have to check that out if it's not too expensive next time I go.
Yeah I would not like to change all those strings and tune it. Chris worked at a store like this and part of his job was tuning the guitars. I think that would get boring after a while.
Yeah that photo just doesn't make sense. It was weird seeing it in person.
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Des: Cope Thumbs Upthagirion on February 15th, 2011 01:45 am (UTC)
Yes it was. If you read my last post you'd know we did.
kabuldurkabuldur on February 15th, 2011 10:34 am (UTC)
Oooh, the cherry red bass looks good quality. That's a plus that it is light. Is it German made? If so, it would be really good quality. You can get your B.C. Rich Zombie bass later when one turns up on ebay or something. I'll bet Cris loved that 12 string! My first husband and I spent nearly all of our married lives with a freind living in the spare room of various houses and he had a 12 string guitar. What an awesome present you gt for Chris. I bet he loved it!...Yep, I see further down he is using it :)

That is a very awesome pic pf the clouds. You should pat yourself on the back for that one. I agree, though, it looks like the laws of physics were broken. There would be an explanation, I just don't know what it is! The next photo down taken through the windscreen is also awesome. I agree with Chris - very artistic.

There was so much cutlery, glasses, china, pots etc that you could have had guests over! Those towels displayed as swans are really neat.

Desthagirion on February 15th, 2011 01:08 pm (UTC)
Schecter sounds like a German name so I think so. Yeah I'm keeping an eye out for those other guitars still. He found it interesting but I don't think it's his thing. I'd love to get a Charango. I've been wanting one for years now. They are small Incan guitars with doubled up strings like that. There used to be some authentic ones on Ebay but I never got one and wish I had. Didn't have the money at the time. But yes he's very happy with his Capo.

It was on Chris's side so he noticed it first. I took the second pic and hadn't realized it was through the blue part of the glass. I'm glad others like it but it was really a mistake. I'm not into artsy photos. I prefer documenting what's really there.

Yeah we thought about Alex and Kim a few times while on this trip.
kabuldurkabuldur on February 16th, 2011 11:48 am (UTC)
You need to be careful, sometimes big name brands make their top of the line models in their country, but the cheaper ones in China or somewhere eg heard of a Spanish make had their low-end guitars made in Mexico. That doesn't mean they're bad quality, sometimes of they are made to their directions, they are just fine. It's just something to check.
Des: Owen Sadthagirion on February 16th, 2011 12:55 pm (UTC)
I've heard of that. B.C. Rich is American and I liked that, but then I found out their newer guitars are made in Korea which is very disapointing. Sadly my Draco was, but I think my Warlock was made here. So much for supporting American made. Something told me the new Son of Beast looked cheap other than the horrible way they color it and it's smaller than the original. Now I hear they're mass produced in these other countries. Now I know why. They ARE cheap. Very sad.
Cheezey: Flirty Tashicheezey on February 15th, 2011 03:05 pm (UTC)
It looks like you stayed at a very nice place. I'm glad the hotel lived up to your expectations. Also, those shops are so neat. The upside down museum is really cool-looking.
Desthagirion on February 15th, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
Yes it was very enjoyable. I think if you don't want to do the theme parks shopping on International Drive is fun all to itself.
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Desthagirion on February 16th, 2011 12:52 pm (UTC)
It did sound neat because you play two at once.

I want to check out the upside down museum next time I go.