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Published: August 19th 2009
Leaving Belgium this morning and taking the train for a 3 hour trip to Paris. Well at least I enter the Paris East Train Station and quickly walk to the Paris North Station and take a train that will take me close to the Charles DeGaulle Airport.
I will be staying here for the 2 night that I will be in France. It is a small little village called Roissy-en-France, it's so small (2600 pop.) that there restaurant are not always open as was the case my first night. So I went to the grocery store and bought a frozen meal for dinner along with some fruit and yogurt for breakfast.
The hotel is called, The Suites Hotel and it is very new and very modern, as in modular. But it very nicely done. I have huge bathtub with a faucet that streams water out in 3 streams, the shower is opposite the tub and has swinging glass doors. The toilet is a separate room and has a small sink. There is a small counter top with a sink and below is the microwave and below that is the small fridge. The desk area has
cable hookup of the internet. The TV is set up for watching up to a dozen movies that can be had in 5 different languages. It has internet games, radio, regular TV( in French), how awesome is that.
I watch 2 movies the first night. I haven't seen a movie in English in 4 months.In the past I was lucky to get the BBC new station, that's been it. When ever I see and American I always ask about the news and what's happening back in the States. You don't realize how deprived you are over here.
So my first day in Paris was an easy one, just wait till tomorrow.
I have decided to come to France but I am not really interested in going in to Paris to sight see. I have been there a couple of times and have seen all the touristy things that I care to do. And I really don't want to fight the crowds and the Parisians. Instead I would rather tackle the crowds at Paris Disney. I have been to the one in LA and Florida, so I wanted to see what Paris would be
I didn't enjoy the waiting with the shuttle buses to get me there and back and I didn't enjoy waiting in lines for the rides. But how can a person not love Disneyland!!! It is just like the ones here in the states. If it weren't for all of the people speaking French you would think you were in LA, or Orlando.
I was able to ride Areosmith's Rock and Roller Coaster, and Space Mountain 2, And the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror plus the Honey I Shrunk the Kids, 3D movie, Several of the major rides were closed. But with an hour wait for almost all of the rides it was difficult to do any more than I did.
I was able to walk around and watch all the little kids especially all the little girls who were dressed like their favorite princesses. Watching all the kids (& parents) get excited when they see a character and how shy the kids suddenly become when face to face with them.
I know that Disney reported that attendance and sales were down, but there was no slump in sales on the day I was there.
I couldn't believe how people were spending money on all the extra things in the shops. The hotels seemed to be packed by looking at the shuttle buses go to and from the hotels. Have you ever priced the hotels at the resorts, well just 1.5 x's it for Euro Disney. I don't know how families with several children do this type of thing???
What a long and tiring day! Tomorrow is a travel day so my alarm is set for 4:30 AM!!!
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