Trip Start Apr 01, 2013
Trip End Jun 28, 2013

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Buena Park Downtown Shopping Mall

Flag of United States  , California
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Sadly, today we were leaving San Diego bound for Los Angeles, or more specifically, Buena Park, Los Angeles. We were travelling from hotel to hotel on the 'Lux Bus' and weren't getting picked up until 11.30am so we had some time up our sleeves.

We decided to do a bit of laundry before repacking our gear and heading down for breakfast. Yet another cooked breakfast to help contribute to the expanding waistline.

Our bus picked us up on time and got us to our hotel, the Radisson Suites Buena Park, slightly ahead of schedule. We checked in and were given a good sized room. I finally got to unpack my gear since we would be staying here for 6 nights.

As we were staying here a while, we were going to be in need of some supplies so we decided to walk down to the local shopping mall and grab some essentials from Walmart, namely beer, milk, a 24 pack of bottled water, beer, some snacks, a bottle of Baileys, some beer, tea bags and beer. It was pleasing to see that Walmart had its usual selection of interesting looking folk. Wendy took the opportunity, as she does, to do a brief bit of shopping while we were there and bought some shorts to wear to Disneyland tomorrow.

We lugged our shopping back to the hotel. Being the strong Herculean type, I was the lucky one to be carrying the 24 pack of water and some of the beer. I was pretty buggered by the time I got back to the hotel, not to mention baking hot.

By this time it was late afternoon and we had dinner and a tournament booked at Medieval Times which was pretty much next door to our hotel. Medieval Times is a family dinner theatre which features staged medieval-style games, sword-fighting and jousting performed by a large cast of actors and a heap of horses. It is housed in a replica 11th-century castle.

We prettied ourselves up and headed next door for pre-dinner drinks. Upon arrival we were each issued with a 'red' crown which we had to wear as we would be supporting the 'red knight'. There were 5 other knights also which would have support from there own loyal subjects. The tournament arena where the show takes place is set in the middle of the restaurant and the diners have ringside seats around the outside.

Prior to being seated, Wendy and I ordered a couple of alcoholic slushies which turned out to be way too bloody sweet, not to mention feckin expensive. We had a look around the area where everyone meets and checked out some of the souvenirs. Danielle bought herself a veil (like those worn by princesses) which she wore instead of the dorky red crown. I thought about buying a suit of armour but was deterred by the fact it would possibly put me over my baggage weight allowance. Oh, and it cost $5,800.

We were eventually called up and shown to our seats. Wendy, Danielle and I were lucky enough to get seats in the first row, ringside. As we were served our meals, we were entertained by horseman and knights, all of which were pretty skillful. The horses were pretty awesome also.

Unfortunately at this point, my camera, the same one I had purchased in Miami, had a terminal failure (or to put it another way, it shit itself) when I ripped the button that takes the photos off it while trying to free up the zoom. I was less than happy and to make matters worse, Wendy was having trouble working her camera. Hence the average photos uploaded. Looks like I will have to try and claim it on travel insurance when I get back to NZ. Luckily I have my old camera back at the room for the rest of the trip.

The tournament was cool with jousting, sword fights and other games involving medieval weapons. The horses ridden were Andalusians, which are purebred Spanish horses preferred by knights and royalty in the 11th century. There was also a Royal Falconer who put on a great display with his bird of prey. The Falcon soared over the heads of the diners, circling the arena several times.

For our meal, we were each served tomato soup, garlic bread, half a roast chicken, a pork rib, a baked potato and an apple pastry. The interesting thing was we were given no utensils to eat with. This suited Danielle as she rarely uses utensils at the best of times. It was funny watching everyone tearing their chicken apart like cavemen.

Danielle was given some special attention from the Master of Ceremonies as she was the only person allowed to pat his horse when he came right up to us during dinner. She also received some attention from our knight, The Red Knight, when she had to retrieve a sash from the end of his jousting stick. The sash had 'Queen of the Tournament' emblazoned on it. She was stoked.

The show was fun and the meal, surprisingly good. Afterwards, we went back out to the area where we were originally greeted and Danielle got a photo, which she had had taken earlier, signed by both the Master of Ceremonies and the Red Knight.

We headed back to our hotel and it was lights out pretty early as we had the first of our 3 full days at Disneyland tomorrow.

Over and out !
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