Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Land Down Under

G' Day Mate!
Were off to the Australian Outback were we have signed up for a day of Geo caching. Geo caching is a treasure hunting game where you use a GPS to hide and seek containers with other participants in the activity. We went online and found many different caches in our area, but because of a little natural disaster called the Wallow fire, we weren't able to go anywhere except right off the highway.

When you find the cache you can take the Treasure, and then leave something to replace it.

Checking the GPS

Finding the cache

Oh what wonderful treasure awaits!

We refilled the cache with some marvelous treasure of our own and recovered it for the next hunters.

It was pretty disappointing to everyone that our day of geo caching was very limited, but considering that this is what it looked like at my house only weeks before, we feel very fortunate to have a home and some nature still around us to go out in!

Looking out from the front yard


During the evacuation

The Great Barrier Reef

Since our Outback adventure was cut short, we pulled out all the water games and played in the ocean.

Then we swam on over to the Great Barrier Reef Cafe for lunch.

We had fish sticks, shrimp cocktail, tuna sandwiches, french fries, ...

...a jello fish tank,..

and sea shell cupcakes.

Gramma Luvlee

Monday, January 30, 2012

Oh La La! - Paris at last!

Parlez vous francais...no, then leave!

Oh those French! Our tour guide was extremely rude and obnoxious! He informed us
that France is know for it's perfume, the Eiffel tower, the tour de France, fashion and great paintings (among other things!)
He introduced us to some great works of art...

And some great artists...

You can be a great artist too!
La Parfumerie

...then it was off to a Paris Parfumerie. It takes a super sniffer to be a great perfume maker.

We had to see how sensitive our nose was by trying to identify different scents. Some not so nice!

The little guys had to match scents to the numbers on the jar.

The bigger kids had to guess what each scent was with no help.

Paris Couture

The kids were divided into two fashion houses. Each house chose from a pile of dressmaking materials (wrapping paper, newspaper, garbage bags, yarn, string etc.). They had 30 minutes to create a high fashion design for the runway. They chose a model from their team and then each remaining member took a specific task.

The House of Merrill

Cutting the "fabric".

Making the pattern

It's all about the footwear!...

...and the details!
The House of Danii

Peek a-boo fabric is all the rage!

Our jeweler is chowing down on the "beads".

Accessories make the outfit!

Oh, and once again, the footwear!

The Runway Show

The house of Merrill's "Rock Star" fashion

The judges said, "Great concept, excellent details, the workmanship leaves something to be desired!"

The House of Danii's "Futuristic Princess"

The judges said, "Stunning visual effect, fashion forward thinking, a little risque!"

Let's hear it for the designers!

The House of Danii

The House of Merrill

Paris Fashion Week

The models looked so glamorous, the designers decided to take a little turn on the catwalk, on the catwalk!
The teams competed in a fashion relay. They had to don hat, boa, heels and a purse then run (or hobble) to a mirror, find their lipstick, apply it and then run back and tag the next "model".
Walkin' the walk!

I feel pretty, oh so pretty!

Merrill has a career in modeling for Revlon, I just feel it!

The French Market
The teams signed up for the Tour de France and cycled around the streets of Paris while the marketplace was being set up. When they returned, each of the cruisers retrieved the money they had inherited from Dear Aunt Agatha. They used this money to purchase their meal that evening, in the French marketplace.

Almost everyone started backwards and bought their desserts first at the Patisserie and Chocolatier.

The diners enjoyed Eiffel Tower suckers, chocolate dipped strawberries, Real French
Macaroons, lace cookies, eclairs, cream puffs, pies and fruit filled croissants.

This shop provided many different breads, drinks, fruits and veggies and chips.

Le Marche served meats, formage (cheese), pizza, and of course corn dogs.

The cruisers took their food and joined their fellow tourists on the grass
beneath the Eiffel tower for a Parisian picnic.


Some passengers returned to the ship with their picnic, and to prepare to sail for
The Land Down Under, can't cha hear, can't cha hear the thunder!

Gramma Luvlee