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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Paris Day 6 - Disneyland again!

Good Morning Day 6!  We are going to Disneyland again today. 

Breakfast first 

Loves it when he steps into the kitchen!
Only happens during holidays.  hehe

Just love this view from my room  

So beautiful! 

Duck and Swan feeding while waiting for the shuttle bus to Disneyland

Uhm.... didn't expect the swans to COME OUT from the lake. We got scared! 

Ok, found a better feeding spot
Swans couldn't climb up to the platform area ;-) 

Headed to Walt Disney Studios
There are 2 parks in Disneyland Paris - Disneyland Park and Walk Disney Studios Park.  

Our first stop was some studio animation thing. Not so interesting actually.  But when the show ended, we walked out and found our first character in Disneyland - Mickey!

Getting a hug from Mickey 
The queue wasn't so long so we thought it would be quite fast.  Surprised it took almost one hour! Unlike Hong Kong Disneyland where it's more like "snap photo, next.. snap photo, next..." the characters spend a little bit more time with each person. And it's a norm for autograph signing. Hubby went to buy an autograph book while we were in the queue. 

Big Hug! 

Mickey's signature :-) 
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We went on a couple more rides. Then spotted another character.... Pluto!

Pluto signing the girl's autograph book 
Why is Erin looking so sad?  Cos she saw Pluto playfully snatch the hat of a little girl before putting on his own head. She wanted Pluto to take her hat too but was too shy to ask. 

So I asked Erin : "You want Pluto to wear your hat?"  Pluto heard and happily obliged! He knelt down so Erin could place the hat herself.

 Loaning her hat to Pluto
Just look at that smile of hers!!!  She was sooo happy! 

Big Hug from Pluto
And just like that....... Pluto became one of her favourite characters! 
I love it how an extra few minutes spent made a moment truly MAGICAL for a little girl. 

Family photo with Pluto
Such a cheeky Pluto!!! :-)

High 5 with Pluto
Erin was grinning and happily skipping after meeting Pluto! 

With Rex the Dinosaur from Toy Story

Toy Soldier from Toy Story

Toy Soldier Parachute Ride 


Ready to fly.  Haha 

Caught one of the Christmas Shows 

Another family photo 

Mickey Playhouse
One of our favourite shows! Some 4D effects too.  Like "wind" and "leaves" streaming down during the segment where audience was asked to blow to help bring down Pooh's kite from the tree.  Also colourful streamers at the end. 

Among the rides we went for that day was a roller coaster ride.  What did I learn?  Confirm I hate roller coaster rides!!!  Why oh why should I subject myself to fear like that?????? 

Christmas Show at Walt Disney Studios
OMG... it was fantastic!!  Stage show accompanied with amazing laser lights at the backdrop and fireworks at the end. Hands down the BEST show of our 3 day Disneyland adventure. 

I can just close my eyes now and imagine myself there again ... the cold air, the magical feeling, the Christmassy happiness and also pure gratitude of being able to go for a holiday like this. The so happy until there were tears in the eyes type of happy.  

After the show, we walked over to Disneyland Park to catch the fireworks finale show at Sleeping Beauty castle. 

Night Scene at the Disneyland Park entrance 

Fireworks Display at Disneyland Park

Such a beautiful magical day!  We took the hotel shuttle back, had a simple late dinner and then Zzzzzz..

--End of Day 6 --

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Paris Day 5 - City Tour

Good Morning Day 5!  

Hello again from House # 1604
I decided not to wear any pink today :-) 

Another photo of the girls while waiting for bus #34
Love this morning scene! 

Playing in the bus 

First stop - Montmartre area.

Walking up steps to Sacré-Cœur Basilica 
There was a funicular train (included in our travel pass) but the queue was pretty long so we just walked up.  Much to Elyssa's dismay!

Sacré-Cœur Basilica 
Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus 

Taken at basilica steps 

In the Basilica

Cobbled walkway near the basilica 
There were plenty of artists walking around asking whether we want portraits to be drawn

Nice to just walk around

Artist Square 

Us at the Artist Square

Roadside Peddler
This picture looks like its taken from a postcard! 

Stopped by for lunch
16 Euros for fixed price lunch of appetizer, main and dessert. 
On Erin's right is a bottle of Evian water we accidentally ordered.  8 Euros!!!!!  Aaaaarghhhh! 

Dessert of Choc Cake and Creme Caramel 

Walked around after lunch-

One-two-three greedy stooges :-) 

Had my hot Starbucks latte
So American, but what the heck ;-) 

Hubby with the small princess 

Seafood Stall
The lady was cutting up a huge salmon

Pretty Flowers

More tarts! 

Paul bakery

"Le Moulin Blute-Fin"
One of the original windmills left standing out of the original dozen that was built in the early 17th century. Also painted by Van Gogh! 

Another shot with the old moulin

And this is the new moulin!
Can't help thinking of Nicole Kidman swinging at the top of the windmill

Hubby at Fontaine Saint-Michel 
He wanted a photo since St Michael was the patron saint of his secondary school

Latin Quarter Streets 

Next stop was meant to be Luxembourg Gardens

Entrance of Luxembourg Gardens
We were 5 minutes too late! Park closed at 4.30 but we arrived at 4.35pm.  Sigh. 

So walked over to Panthéon instead

Waiting for train back to Marnee La Vallee Chessy 

Interesting day out indeed!

-- End of Day 5--