12 Jun Pit Stop in Paris
Okay, so I’ve been bad and haven’t done a post in a wee while, however I have a very good excuse, I promise! Whilst in Ghent, my tablet went completely dead and no matter what I tried I couldn’t get it to turn on. We had a couple of crazy days in France so I had to wait until we got to Milan to put it into a shop to get fixed. But anyway, my little tablet is back in action and we are now in sunny Milan.
While my tablet had the black plague, we headed to Paris for 2 nights. Despite the weather forecasts and flooding reports, the weather was actually pretty good.
It was a bit of a nightmare actually getting to Paris as our train broke down briefly in some random French town which meant it was running about half an hour late. We missed our connecting train to Paris and had to wait 5 hours in Amiens for the next one. To be fair, it wasn’t so bad as we grabbed some milkshakes and sat in a lovely park in the sunshine – there’s definitely worse places to be waiting on a train.
When we eventually got to our hostel in Paris we quickly showered and headed out to see the Basilica Sacré-Cœur before meeting up with our new Canadian friend Aidan (who we met in Bruges) to climb the Eiffel Tower.
It was already about 10pm when we started to climb the stairs so the sun had set and Paris was slowly falling into darkness. By the time we got to the 2nd floor, entrance to the top section was closed which was massively disappointing but the views from the 2nd level were still pretty amazing and I was petrified to walk over the glass sections. As we were up there, a huge thunder and lightning storm was moving slowly towards the tower. I’ve never seen a storm from such a good vantage point before so we were all a little memorised by it.
After the tower we bought some ridiculously overpriced food and managed to convince Aidan to cancel his Versaille tour the following day and come to the must less educational and cultured Disneyland instead.
When we got back to the hostel around 1am, we very quietly snuck into our 6 bed dorm room and put on the small light so as not to wake anyone. All of a sudden a 70 year old man began yelling at us in French. Little did we know this would become a regular occurrence and we would be tip toing around for the next 2 nights.. To make matters worse, the man snored like a dinosaur the whole night and I didnt sleep until 4.30am.
Just a few short hours later we had to get up to head to Disneyland. We met Aidan on the way and took the 40 minute train journey to the park. Excited was an understatement! We hit up the Walt Disney Studios Park first which had a cool Hollywood theme. We went on a few rides there but some of the good ones like the Aerosmith ride were closed. Nevertheless, the Tower of Terror was awesome!
After Walt Disney Studios we headed to the main park. It was amazing, all the buildings were beautiful with a vintage American style. We went on loads of rides, our favourite being Space Mountain which we went on 3 times.
Aidan convinced us to watch an interactive Star Wars show where a group of enthusiastic children were invited onstage to take part in the Jedi training academy and help defeat Darth Vader. There were some very proud parents in the audience (some more excited than the children!) After passing their Jedi training it was lovely to see them all excitedly running off stage to show their parents a certificate to verify that they were now officially a Jedi!
Around 5pm, we saw the parade. We did have prime seats up until the last minute when I moved to let a small child see better, next thing you know the granny had barged in and blocked my otherwise perfect view! These Parisian pensioners are ones to watch out for!
After the parade we had some time to kill while we waited for the nigh time show so we headed back to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and staged this funny action shot, Gemma’s face is priceless.
The final show was amazing, genuinely one of the best things I have seen. The whole of Sleeping Beauty’s castle is lit up with Disney animations from various films and the story is accompanied by classic Disney songs and fireworks – well worth the wait and a fantastic end to our time in Paris!