After spending the morning conquering Test Track in Future World I headed over to Epcot® World Showcase for a leisurely stroll around the lake.

It started with a stop in France.  I was just wandering through when I began to smell fresh baked bread.   I could not stop myself and found myself at the new Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie.  This is the newly expanded eatery.  There are now more options and a few new tables.

Disney Scrapbook Page Layout - Les Halls Boulangerie Patisserie in Epcot France Pavilion

One negative is that you can’t read the menu unless you get in line.   I wish they had one outside the line area.   But the smell of the bread (which I swear is being pumped into that pavilion) drew me in.   I ended up ordering the pumpkin soup and a small baguette.  I love that you could buy just the bread since I love to dunk.  Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of the food but let me tell you it was YUMMY! I will be back and my family will also be happy with the new offerings.

Another thing is the prices went up a bit with the new expansion.  I guess that is a trade off for more choices.

Once I was comfortably full I began again to stroll.  The weather was perfect so I just made my way slowly through the pavilions until I found myself at the American Adventure.  I happened to have timed it just right to catch the Voices of Libertycelebrate Presidents Day at the America Gardens Theater as part of the Disney Limited Time Magic promotion.

If you have never seen the Voices of Liberty put them on your must do list for your next trip. They are an a cappella group that sings right before the American Adventure show at the American Pavilion.  I guess they are technically the pre-show but they are the highlight to any visit for me.   They sing folk and patriotic songs.   Hint: If you see them do sit right below the dome where no one wants to sit.   That is where the acoustics are the best.

Today their focus was on patriotism and history.   They intermingled wonderful songs with powerful quotes from many American presidents.   I heard everything from Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower to Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama.  There were no politics this day!

Disney Scrapbook Page Layout - Presidents Day Limited Time Magic with Voices of Liberty

I also learned that there were additional versus to the Star Spangled Banner.  They really tell the story of that night for Francis Scott Key.  It was beautiful and everyone (in the seats and walking by) stopped to put their hand over their heart and listen for a moment.

After the concert I headed to my favorite wine counter in Italy.   Not the new one in back but the one up front.   There a nice gentleman poured me a glass or red win. He definitely took care of me and filled it to the brim.  Got to love the Italians!

Hint: The Italians and the Germans pour the most wine.   So I always head there to get my money’s worth.

Epcot Italy Pavilion Red Wine

My next stop was Germany.  I was on a mission here and grabbed some photos for a post I was writing for Jodi of Magical Mouse Schoolhouse.   But while I was there I also discovered this little hidden Donald gem in the front window of the Karamel Kuche.

Hidden Donald in the window of Karamel Kuche in Epcot Germany Pavilion

My final stop was at the African Outpost.   I had always seen the bead booth but had never actually stopped to read the sign.   Did you know these were all made out of old park maps?   Wow!

Recycled Bead Jewelry at the African Outpost in Epcot

At this point I found that the trip was catching up with me and I was exhausted so I headed back to resort and made it to my room right before it started raining.   This just told me to order pizza and watch tv.

Love going solo!!  Next up – meeting the gals…

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Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Credits:

  • French Holiday Kit by Capturing Magical Memories

Voices of Liberty Scrapbooking Credits:

  • Photo Journal Templates 1 by Scrapping with Liz
  • See An Elephant Fly by Capturing Magical Memories
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