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By Beth Beutler
1 Albert's family had planned this trip for a long time. They were going to a city that had many fun things for families to do. They would be able to go during the winter and hoped to get relief from the cold and blizzards that sometimes hit their home state. There were several amusement parks, water parks, museums, attractions, and interesting restaurants, each having a great reputation for fun. For several months now, the family had sat down each weekend and made plans for their week in this fun city, and it was time to wrap up the itinerary.
2 Dad offered a suggestion that each family member recommend something to do that matched their interest. This would help prevent quarrels once they were there. Albert's sister picked a water park. His brother picked an animal park. Albert selected a special dinner at a Medieval-themed restaurant. The parents would even plan one secret adventure for themselves.
3 A couple of weeks later, the family left and within a few hours arrived in the warm city. They decided to start with Albert's suggestion right away. He had an interest in history and had picked a restaurant with a Medieval theme.
4 They stepped into the restaurant and were immediately escorted to a 15 foot long table in a huge room. The tables surrounded a stage, and a balcony loomed above it. A company of waiters and waitresses dressed in garb from the 1600's would serve the meals and speak to them in the language of the time.
5 "Would you like to be seated here, milord?" one waitress asked Albert. Albert grinned and replied, "Yes, I believe I would."
6 After getting settled, the waiter and waitress assigned to their table offered water or soda. They poured the drinks into pewter goblets and brought out bread. Albert and his family took in the sights and sounds of the room as more people filed in to take the available seats.
7 In about 15 minutes, a gentleman stepped onto the stage and blew a long horn. "Welcome to our Medieval Festival! Enjoy your meal as we entertain you! Please stand for the arrival of the King and Queen!"
8 Albert looked up. A man and woman decked out in royal clothing arrived to sit at the balcony. They motioned for everyone to sit down, crying out, "Let the festivities begin!"
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