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BY ABBY

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Vienna park

Vienna park

Today we decided to have a relaxing day as a family, but we couldn't resist the warm sunshine outside so we decided to spend our day in a large park nearby. We found a shady spot with a picnic table beside a little pond and set up our things. We played a game of crib (Mom and I won) and then went to our own devices. The other three played a game of Scrabble later on, and Hannah won that one. Dad still isn't doing that well so we postponed the amusement park for tomorrow. Mom and Dad found a movie called "56 Up" on Netflix which we watched, and even though we couldn't find any of the first 7 films in the "Up Series" it was still enjoyable.

Posted by KZFamily 09:43 Archived in Austria Tagged park relax czech_republic Comments (1)

Coasting

By Hannah

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Biggest Rollercoaster in Blackpool

Biggest Rollercoaster in Blackpool

Blackpool is most famous for the Pleasure Beach amusement park. It was our plan to spend our second day in town here, taking in as many rides as we could. When we arrived, we found it would be a little while before most of the rides opened up. However, we spotted a roller coaster that was running earlier than the others. We decided to try it out, and found that we had begun with the most intense of all the rides in the park. It wasn't particularly high or spread out, but instead had been twisted and knotted into a small space and suspended over water. Rather than cars, riders sat in padded chairs hanging from the rails with their feet dangling. There were a total of five revolutions, which Abby and Mom counted in order to know how long it would be before they could breath easily again. In retrospect, it probably wasn't the best ride to start out with. Some of the coasters we took on afterwards just weren't exciting enough in comparison.

My personal favourite was the roller coaster dubbed "The Big One". It's over a mile long and is currently the UK's tallest and fastest roller coaster. We rode this monster a total of four times. This was the only ride we ever had to wait in line for, though we never had to wait for more than five minutes. To me, it was an example of the quintessential roller coaster. The initial 65° drop from 70 metres in the air was the best part.

The Big Dipper roller coaster has an ever-growing world record attached to it. American Richard Rodriguez rode the coaster continuously for 549 hours in 1994, 1013 hours in 1998, and then 2000 hours two years later. We've no idea how he did this, especially after finding that the roller coasters here are decidedly more jerky and violent than those of more polished amusement parks.

Pleasure Beach's Oldest Ride

Pleasure Beach's Oldest Ride

The oldest ride in the park, Flying Machines, is over a hundred years old. It was built in 1904, and is an original "flying experience" attraction. Although less exciting than the surrounding roller coasters and thrill rides, the fact that you have no idea when the mechanisms and cables holding the ride together were last replaced can boost your adrenaline nearly as effectively.

At the end of the day, we had ridden fifteen separate rides a total of 28 times. We gladly accepted the grey, drizzly weather that the off season brings in exchange for the lack of visitors and lines at the park. Also, Abby and Mom can now say that they are no longer fearful of roller coasters. In fact, Abby is absolutely giddy for them now.

Posted by KZFamily 11:54 Archived in England Tagged england park beach pleasure amusement roller coaster blackpool Comments (5)

Barcelona: Parc Guell

By Hannah

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Barcelona: Parc Guell

Barcelona: Parc Guell

Today we went to visit Park Güell. We took the very handy metro in order to get there. The subway station is yet another useful thing that is located conveniently close to our apartment. The weather was on our side, and we spent the next few hours walking around in the warm sunshine. The park was originally commissioned to Antonio Gaudi as a housing complex. However, only two lots were ever bought, and it was eventually opened as a public park in 1926. It's a whimsical place, with mosaics and spirals and curving staircases and balconies. There were quite a few vendors, artists, and musicians around. It's a good place for them, too, as the park was full to bursting with visitors. We had a tough time seeing some of the art because there were so many people. It was still beautiful though, even with some of it under restoration. When we took a break, we got to listen to music and chatter in all sorts of languages. The view from the top of the park was incredible. We were able to point out different buildings we'd seen and visited, such as the Sagrada Familia Basilica and Torre Agbar.

Barcelona: Parc Guell-View From

Barcelona: Parc Guell-View From

After we'd seen our fill, we headed back home on the metro to do a bit of grocery shopping and other chores in preparation for our travel day tomorrow. Abby and I also baked some more, making our favourite famous Tollhouse cookies. This was a little easier said than done, as we had no measuring utensils and were missing two ingredients, but we still managed to pull it off. The batches got steadily better as we went along. Dinner was chorizo sausages, salad and focaccia bread with olive oil and vinegar. The latter was Abby's idea and very easy to pull off, as the supermarket sells ready-to-bake focaccia loaves. This along with the rich sausages made for quite the delicious meal. After supper, we readied our bags and wound down the evening by watching and episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot on Netflix. We also got to talk to our mom (hi there) over Skype, and get an update on things back home. Tomorrow we'll be heading to Carcassonne, or at least near there, and will be leaving Spain behind. I hope to come back someday soon. It's an amazing country, and we have had our fair share of interesting and worthwhile experiences here.

Barcelona: Parc Guell

Barcelona: Parc Guell

Posted by KZFamily 12:58 Archived in Spain Tagged barcelona park spain gaudi guell Comments (1)

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