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5 Reasons to Visit Paris: Postcard Perfect Shots in France

By on April 6, 2012

Brush up on your French and take a trip to the French capital city of Paris. You have to know at least a few key phrases in French to put yourself right in the middle of Parisian settings that have so often been featured in many movies. Be when you experience gay Paree in all its fame and splendour.  Paris may have had bad reviews (I have complained about not having elevators at train stations). Despite, it’s still and will always be on many people’s bucket list. Whether you are visiting for 3 days, a week, a month, or if you’re staying for good, Paris’ charm will always put you in awe. You will be surprised at the many beautiful streets you will discover, and the many little things that make this French city so lovable.

Here are 5 reasons for you to visit Paris and fall in love with it.

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Messy mini

By on August 18, 2011

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These photos were 4-years-old. 😀 Good thing I have them uploaded on Facebook…I’ve been digging old photos, statuses and notes on FB when I saw this. Perfect entry for Messy go round. 🙂

It was a perfect Autumn day – just the right weather – comfortably sunny and windy that going around Disneyland is fun instead of tiring. We had breakfast, a full one, at the hotel so all of us have the energy to go about. The kids love hotel buffets so I don’t have to worry about them getting hungry because they’d munch on everything on a breakfast buffer especially when served on a boat!

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There’s a wide selection of cold cuts, cheeses, breads, cerals, milk and juices to choose from. I can’t remember though if there’s rice. 🙂 The buffer starts at 7 in the morning so we woke up real early to accommodate our tummies full and be able to arrive at Disneyland just in time for opening too.

I can’t remember what we had for lunch that day but I bet we had sausages and fries – sold at one of western-style stores. At around 4 PM  we passed by an ice cream store and then 4-year-old C requested for some…a few minutes after and he looks like this:

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Lamps

By on August 4, 2011

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There was a time when I was so fascinated with all kinds of lamps, I’d take photos of them wherever we are. These are some I took while at the Disneyland Resort Paris. The top on an early morning as we were on line to enter Disney Studios. Below is while waiting for the fireworks display to commemorate 15 years of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in Paris….

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Parisian Birds

By on July 10, 2011

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On our way to the Louvre we passed by a number of churches, restaurants, statues and fountains. The fountains and other forms of water installation seem to be useful for the birds…they get to drink and bathe there. And what do you know,what I thought of as maya when I was a child were all-over the place!

I said “I thought of” because I grew thinking that the former (until 1995) Philippine National bird are the ones pictured below. Well, no one corrected me then and perhaps we all thought that these are the real maya. Researching though lead me to understand that these are actually  Eurasian Tree Sparrows, which can be found mostly in Southeast Asia, some subspecies in America and of course Eurasia where it got its name but as said I saw them in Paris – in September and in Germany also during autumn and in Vienna last spring.

I read somewhere that they are called German Sparrow as well. 🙂

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sparrow

 

By the way, the real maya have reddish brown feathers with a black head. It is rightfully called Black-headed Munia which also gained the name maya pula (red maya) to differentiate them from the Eurasian Tree Sparrow.

 

 

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Paris – Eiffel Tower

By on March 24, 2009

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We weren’t very fortunate when we visited the Eiffel Tower. 😛 It was not the best weather, it was drizzling…not much but still. Nothing can stop us from seeing the famous Tour Eiffel. Rain or shine we braved it and took even a few shots from below, from the front but not above. 🙁 Can’t remember if the lift then were stopped but we waited yet we were not able to go up….

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Paris, of course, deserves another visit. Hopefully the next time it would be with better weather, and better camera, too!

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Disneyland Resort Paris’ Disney Village

By on September 18, 2007

 

Disneyland Resort Paris’ Disney Village,  is the only park in the resort which is free (I meant no entrance fee). It was specially built for tourists who only want Disney items for souvenirs and giveaways. As an entertainment district, there are cinemas (more than 15 of them) to enjoy the movies depending on your age. You can watch concerts while having snacks at Billy Bob’s. You can, of course, play at games rooms – interactive and whatnots to while the time away.

For those who like a little adventure, there’s the PanoraMagique – a hot air balloon hovering above lake Disney. It gives you a new perspective of the whole Disney Resort at dusk. It was also a fun experience, just walking around, shopping a bit and posing for photos. Also looking for souvenirs from the many boutiques, Disney fashion, Disney stores, Lego for cousins, aunts, and friends was enjoyable.

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Disneyland Resort Paris’ Disney Village really has a lot to offer for the family. Here’s some.

Good Food

Eat at the specialty restaurants whichever palate you prefer. Pasta, steak, tex-mex dishes, and giant burgers! There are a handful of quick service food counters as well as fine dining areas – themed like the others. Annette’s Diner, for example, is a table service restaurant set in the 50’s – servers on skates to complete the theme.

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Planet Hollywood morning

And then there’s Planet Hollywood just by the Village entrance. Theme Hollywood includes American food, music videos, and lots of memorabilia from movies produced in the lot.

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Inside Planet Hollywood

Lake Disney

 

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Up Up and Away

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Chocolates and More Sweets

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Disney Fashion Boutique and Trademark Items

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Disney Store

 

C on a Corvette. 
C on a Corvette.

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Disneyland Resort Paris' Disney Village. Disney Village, the only park in Disneyland Resort Paris that is free (I meant no entrance fee). It is especially built for tourists who only want Disney items for souvenirs and giveaways.
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Disneyland Paris Park – Main Street and Fantasyland

By on September 12, 2007

Disneyland Paris (DLP) opened in 1992 with two parks. Disneyland Paris Park, the first of the two theme parks is divided into Main Street, USA and 4 other themed ‘lands’ named Fantasyland, Frontierland, Tomorrowland, and Adventureland . The other being Walt Disney Studio.

Disneyland Hotel (above photo), is an in-house hotel and is also the entrance to the Park. They also sell tickets there. If you are solely spending time at Disneyland Paris – Park, Disney Studios, and Disney Village, we recommend booking this hotel.

There are a number of things to consider when booking a hotel for your Disneyland stay, and proximity tops that list. It is best to look for Disneyland Paris Packages, that would include park tickets, hotel stay, and transportation to DLP for convenience.

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C and A posing by the Mickey flower ensemble in front of the hotel entrance.

Disneyland Paris Attractions and Must-dos

So how do you wisely spend your day/s at Disneyland? I suggest go about each section one at a time. Going back and forth will make you lose precious minutes and tire you (the kids as well). So let’s try to map out what things to do and try at the Park.

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Main Street leading to Sleeping Beauty’s Castle

Main Street

The street lined with flags is Main Street, USA. It has a line-up of 1920-inspired houses (emphasizing on football and automobiles). The houses serve as shops (from souvenirs to photography equipment), and restaurants (coffee, pizza, ice cream, steak, and more). What would you expect to see and do in this street? Here’s some:

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During the parade, Tigger (Disney’s Winnie the Pooh) and Geppetto (Pinocchio) were together on board a wagon.

 Disney Parade

Notice the rail tracks, as the street has a tram for the visitors too. Above is one of the featured automobile also on parade. There are cars that also tour around with the guests and sometimes with the mascots.

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 Shopping

Left: front/entrance of one souvenir shop. Notice: Kodak, yes they sell mostly Kodak products. The attendants are really friendly but they would almost always speak to you in French when you enter. Most of them speak English though. But it was also nice when a cashier who seems not fluent in English heard me speaking with C later on conversed with me in German. I felt confident I won’t get lost. lol.

Inside one of the shops we entered was a surplus of Mickey mouse and other Disney toys, souvenir items, clothing, memorabilia and more. The prices are generic at all of the shops. Security is a little lax though, don’t be surprised if you see people shoplifting…’coz I did. I tip my hat off to those who remain honest.

 

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My boys sitting at the Pavilion which is parallel to Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, and our daughter in her pink Aurora dress.
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 Souvenirs

One of the stuff we bought that proved to be useful later on is a pink gown for our little princess. See, she’s standing here with Sleeping Beauty’s castle at the background. The dress was perfect, should we have bought Cinderella’s dress then the castle should be blue…fortunately, she likes pink and pink is Aurora’s gown.

However, meticulous as she is, she had one complain. “Mali momie, kasi black ang hair ko dapat dress na lang ni Snow White, I can’t be Aurora, hindi naman kasi ako blonde.” (This is wrong momie, I have black hair so it should have been Snow White’s dress, I can’t be Aurora, I’m not blonde after all.) Oo nga naman(True that!).

One of the uses I was talking about is this: sending entries to the Disney Princess magazine.

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C finished his mickey ice cream.

 Snacks, Fastfood Menu, even Fine Dining

Themed snacks can be found all over the park, as you would in any other Disneyland parks. There’d be waffles, lollipops, popsicles, donuts shaped as mickey mouse from snack stands. There’d be Pomme de Amour or candy apples in different colors and flavors – one inspired by Snow White’s poisoned apple stands out. There are offerings of sandwiches, burgers and fries, pizza, in the quick service restaurants sprinkled around the park.

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Walt’s

The Market House Deli (right side when facing the castle) is a good stopover for a quick sub of your favourite fillings. There are also coffee shops to while and wait in or rest a bit after too much walking.

For a more serious meal, Walt’s – an American restaurant is very near the Town Square, you can fuel up then and there with offerings of seafood (starters to mains),tenderloins, pork chops, among other sumptuous dishes.

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Lumiere!

 

Fantasyland

This is mostly the magic-filled area of the Resort. It’s a fairy tale village, like where the Disney characters would have lived in real life. The entrance to the village is Sleeping Beauty’s castle set on a moat, you have to go in via a bridge. Inside, you can find rides that were inspired by different movies. There are also many spots to take pictures at. Literally, everything that you’ve seen in Disney movies.

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La Belle au Bois Dormant Castle

At the entrance of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle was a small door with a vitrine full of crystals. Most of them are Disney character’s mini-sculptures but there are huge masterpieces as you see here partly, a replica of the castle.

Hubby and I were awed at how they are made so we looked around and hubby’s attention was caught by the hologram-like crystal boxes with remembrance photos! (more pics to follow)

We decided that this precious piece would be our souvenir from the Park. The attendants took our photos starting from Daniel. The woman in the photo appears to be the Supervisor here, she came and spoke to us (english) but when she heard me call out: “Da-niel!” She instantly knew that we speak German ( just by the pronunciation..as in English would be pronounced Day-nyel, Filipinos would say Dan-yel, and in German we say Da-nyel).

The rule is to not move for 5 seconds while the photo is being taken and to look on top of the camera…the box was ready after 2 hours and we paid an addition since there were 5 of us…the most that they have made were for 4 people.

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Town behind the Castle, Le Carrousel de Lancelot can also be seen from here.

Fairytale Village

Looking from the window of the castle, one would see a small town of sorts pictured above. In the middle is Le Carrousel de Lancelot, pony rides with an organ music playing in the background – of Disney songs we love to sing along with. The Sword in the Stone is a feature near the carousel. It is a nod to the Disney movie of the same name. Kids and adults can try to pull the sword out and be king for the day – just as King Arthur did as a young child.

Update: July 2015 – Someone was able to fully pull the sword out!

There are stores in this village along with other rides. Some shops to see and buy some souvenirs and sweets from are La Bottega di Geppetto (Gepetto’s Shop), Sir Mickey’s Boutique, and La Confiserie des Trois Fées (The Three Fairies’ Sweet Shop). Some rides I don’t have pictures of (just outside or line ups) are Casey Jr. – Le Petit Train du Cirque (Casey Jr. Circus Train), Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains (Snow White’s Scary Adventures) and It’s a Small World.

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Jiminy insie Les Voyages de Pinocchio, and Book – ‘Sleeping Beauty’ by the castle’s stairs.

Les Voyages de Pinocchio

Photo above left is of Jiminy Cricket from Les Voyages de Pinocchio, a 2-minute ride which will show you the journeys of Pinocchio, presented by puppets…the rides were made of wood inspired by Geppetto’s works.

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Sitting by the bushes…behind is Alice in Wonderland’s Curious Labyrinth.

Alice’s Curious Labyrinth

This maze is in the British part of the Fantasyland, as the book ‘Alice in Wonderland’ was written by an English writer, Lewis Carroll. The goal is not to get out of the maze, rather to find the Queen of Heart’s castle. Atop the castle, one is rewarded with a wonderful view of the Fantasyland.

If you manage to get out, head over to March Hare Refreshments for some tea party! They also serve coffee, non-alcoholic drinks, crepes, and ice cream among others.

If motion sickness is your weakness, we suggest to skip the Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups. The ride system has small turntables, which rotate clockwise, each holding six ginormous teacups to sit on. All are within one large turntable, rotating counter-clockwise. Double the dizzy movements, dare! But the teacups are truly colourful and adorable, just take pictures beside or in them. ^_^

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homage to The Old Mill of Walt Disney’s Academy Award-winning 1937 short film

The Old Mill and Toad Hall Restaurant

There’s a snack stand in the shape of a wind mill just outside Alice’s Curious Labyrinth. Some refreshments can be had in case the kids get tired. For a heavier meal, try Toad Hall Restaurant’s affordable menus – fish and chips will load you up with carbs and proteins to continue your journey around the park.

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Waving while still on board Dumbo the Flying Elephant.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

As Dumbo flies, so does this ride. It’s an aerial carousel with Dumbo dressed in different colours as ride vehicles.  There’s a joystick that you can maneuver for the vehicle to go up and down.

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AB and D by Jack’s Beanstalk minus the Giant…

Giant Beanstalk

When we say Beanstalk within Disneyland Paris Park, it automatically means that giant one where Jack went up. It is situated outside a store, it’s sole purpose is for photo opps. It can’t be climbed on to but it’s a really beautiful representation of Jack’s Beanstalk. The kids can visually imagine how big it might have been for the giant to be able to go down from there.

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Pumpkin Chariot

L’Auberge de Cendrillon (Cinderella’s Inn)

If you have set aside a big chunk of your budget for food, have a wondrous French meal at Cinderella’s Inn. They serve a full course meal you can choose from: Amuse-bouche of cheese gougères, wild prawns with saffron butter, and Cinderella’s dessert. The courtyard has table and chairs for diners, but inside seating is also provided. Don’t forget to take a picture by the Pumpkin chariot before you leave.

Note: Reservations on most restaurants are required.

Disneyland Paris Fantasyland at Night

Disneyland Paris Park - Main Street and Fantasyland 24For photo enthusiasts like us, Disneyland Paris at night was a beautiful opportunity. We had fun taking pictures of the castle, with its pink light and such other lighting. If you manage to stay until closing, fireworks display would be a wonderful experience for the kids to watch. Make sure to not make the mistake we had. :/

<–The castle glowing at night, too bad we run out of batteries for the fireworks =(

There were still so many stuff that we were not able to see, but we had enough memories to make us remember the fantastic and enchanting experience at Disneyland Paris Fantasyland.

Disneyland Paris Park, the first of the two theme parks that in opened in Paris in 1992. It is divided into Main Street, USA and 4 other themed 'lands' named Fantasyland, Frontierland, Tomorrowland, and Adventureland .
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