Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Birthday in the UK

Rick returned to the place of his birth tonight (well, a replica of it anyway) for his birthday dinner at the Rose and Crown Pub. 57 years ago today, he was born in Ealing, England while his Air Force dad was posted there.

The Rose and Crown's patio provides a picturesque view across Epcot's World Showcase lagoon. Today's perfect weather was ideal for the outside table where we were seated by our hostess Elizabeth. We enjoyed a delicious appetizer of roasted mushrooms served on a puff pastry , followed by Harry Ramsden's world famous fish and chips for Rick and a marinated chicken breast with roasted garlic bread pudding for me. Our meal ended when our waitress, Louise from Wales, led the wait staff in a birthday song for Rick, and presented him with a complimentary (and decadent) dessert of vanilla custard with berries in an almond crunch shell and a birthday card signed by the entire staff.

After our lovely meal we took a stroll through the always beautiful gardens at the Canada pavilion and saw the new circlevision movie there, O, Canada!

When we returned to our room, Mickey Magic had struck again. A card signed by Mickey and all his friends with a bunch of colorful balloons had been placed in our room while we were out. All and all a very nice birthday for Rick, despite my unfortunate Segway incident.

Here are more photos.

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