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Published: July 14th 2018
On Our Way
Headed to Paris on the train through the Chunnel
Days 8 and 9 - Disneyland and Paris, the office and Football
Anne and Michelle had an early train so Tony arranged an Uber to the station and went along to see them off before heading into the office. The train ride was only 2.5 hours to Paris and then another 1 hour out to Disneyland. Everything went pretty smoothly on the way there and they were in the park about an hour after opening. There are two parks at Disneyland Paris; Disneyland and Disney Studios. Disney Studios is similar to California Adventure in that it has shorter hours and seems to focus on the newer Disney franchises. Some of the rides are duplicates of other parks (Rockin Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, Flying Carpets) but they have some unique rides including Crush’s Coaster and Ratatouille: The Adventure. Since they only had one day in the parks, Anne and Michelle decided to focus on the new rides and skip the repeats. They also had reservations at Chez Remy for a late lunch where they were able to try some real ratatouille. The theme of the restaurant was quite cool but the responses to the ratatouille were definitely
We made it!
Two train changes and a good walk later.
mixed. Anne was not a fan and Michelle liked the taste but the texture was odd.
After lunch they said goodbye to Disney Studios and headed over to Disneyland. Again, this park was a mixture of unique and duplicate rides. They didn’t have time to ride everything, and a few favorites (such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Phantom Manor) were closed. Too bad, they would have been fun to compare. Anne and Michelle made sure to hit the big three - Hyperspace Mountain, Big Thunder Railroad, and Star Tours. In both parks there was a mix of English and French used with varying degrees for different rides. Star Tours was almost completely in French and hearing C3PO complain in French was hilarious. They also rode It’s a Small World. There was a much higher emphasis on Europe (gee, I wonder why) in this version and the US was identified through a cowboy, an indian, a baseball player, a football player, and an Eskimo. It was pretty funny.
Michelle was impressed by all the rides they went on at Disneyland and it wasn’t too crowded. They did miss seeing Indiana and the
Temple of Peril (it closed before they could ride), Phantom Manor and Pirates of the Caribbean and would go back again to see those. After the Fireworks they stayed close to the parks overnight and then went into Paris for the Day before heading back to London on the Evening Train.
Michelle had a series of locations she wanted to visit in Paris that were from a TV show she’s been watching with her friends. They visited Point Nuef, the Pont des Arts, Place de Vognes, and the Marmonte area. They also ate cheese, crepes, croissants, and ice cream while they were there.
The Paris end of the train station was a little less organised than the London end but eventually they made it on the train headed back to St Pancras station. Tony was watching Round 16 of the World Cup with England vs. Colombia while he waited to pick them up at the station. The game went into overtime just as the train got in so they rushed back to the flat and Tony was able to catch the end of the game just in time to see England win
Chez Remy had the obligatory Ratatoullie with every dish.
in penalty kicks. With England making it to the Quarter Finals it seems a bit more of our trip is going to revolve around the World cup matches.
In case you were wondering what Tony was doing during this trip… He was basically working, watching football, and travelling to and from work.
The next few days are rest days for Anne and Michelle (with a quick shopping trip to Brighton) as Tony continues to go into the office.
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