Four Days In Disneyland Paris

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It is about time I got to blogging about our trip to Disneyland Paris back at the end of November!

I have covered some of the highlights of the trip already, but now it is time to share a selection of the many photos that I took. As per tradition, let’s start with a day-by-day trip-rundown and the photos that do not really fit anywhere in particular. After this, I have another four blog posts that are a little more “themed” so you can get the entire magical feel of Disneyland! At least, I hope you do.

With any luck, I will share them all before the season starts to change so they remain, somewhat, seasonally accurate.

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Disneyland Day One

Up and out before the Sun had even thought about doing anything, we started our trip with about six hours of travel time. As we were meeting Danielle and her mum in Lille, Kris and I decided to go for a rather convoluted train travel to Disneyland, instead of taking the two-hour direct train. Everything, shockingly, went smoothly, even the train tickets were checked, for once, and I felt justified in spending my money on them.

Things got a little bumpy when the Eurostar decided to arrive up over an hour late and we almost missed our connecting train to Disneyland, but with five minutes to spare we were hurrying our guests down to the platform and figured we’d just introduce ourselves properly once we were on the train. It is more important to catch your train than it is to confirm these strangers you have just picked up on the station are the right people.

Since I had met Danielle and her mum before, that was not too much bother, Kris just had to assume I had not made a mistake. Come to think of it, I do not think I formally introduced Danielle or her mum to Kris at all… Oops.

After that, it was Disneyland a-go, go!

Check in – and hotel upgrade! – done. It was time to head to the park!

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First stop: Phantom Manor!

I will admit, I spent a good part of this trip following Danielle around to whichever rides and parts of the park she wished to go to and thoroughly enjoying that. I also encourage you to visit her blog for in-depth Disney details, reviews and loads more photos, should you be interested in something with a little more substance than what I will be providing here.

I am a bit of a Disney amateur and may have asked who the occasional character was, as well as: “what does Goofy look like?”.

I can, however, tell you that we had a great time and using the map I have open in another internet tab, I might even be able to provide names of both rides and locations in the park.

Back to the trip!

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From Phantom Manor, we headed back to Fantasyland for a bite to eat, then to It’s A Small World and finally Peter Pan. Then it was dark because winter.

Oh and Peter Pan: totes awesome.

We ended our first day watching the Christmas Tree being turned on and then dinner at Cape Cod, which despite sounding very un-vegan, did have a sufficient amount of vegan options.

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Disneyland Day Two

Today started off with our first meet and greet of the trip with Donald Duck. Which was weird. They have no faces. I might be 27, but the lack of real faces gives me the eebie jeebies. Much weird.

I decided afterwards that I much preferred the role of portrait photographer and only stepped in for a photograph when we had the opportunity to use the Photo Pass.

Most of this day was spent in the Walt Disney Studios Park. We rode Crush’s Coaster, the Flying Carpets (not that mine and Kris’ carpet would go up and down so were just stuck at the bottom for the whole ride…), the ride based on Cars and then we went to watch Mickey and The Magician at Animagique which was a lot of fun.

After that, Danielle and her mum went off for a tour and Kris and I continued wandering around the park checking out the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, the Art of Animation and the general area of Toyland until we all met up again.

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At some point the four of us rejoined and enjoyed the delights of CinéMagique and the infamous Tower of Terror.

We ended the day by watching the fireworks display and then heading to Hunter’s Grill for dinner. Obviously we were going for the most vegan sounding places… Still, there were vegan options so it was all good.

I will be sharing the photos from the Walt Disney Studios Park and the fireworks in another blog post or two. 

Disneyland Day Three

Day three was all about Discoveryland, Fantasyland, riding the Railroad and then heading back over to WDS Park for the Moteurs Stunt Show.

We started the day in Discoveryland going for Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, Orbitron and then Autopia. In between Kris and I went to ride Space Mountain whilst Danielle and her mum went to check out Nautilus.

Discoveryland was definitely my favourite section of the park, not for the rides, although they were really good, but for all the details – which I have saved for another blog post!

After our morning in Discoveryland, we were back in Fantasyland to do some of the rides we missed on the first day: Snow White, the Tea Cups and Casey Jr. Then it was time to ride the Railroad all the way around the park before heading back to the WDS Park to enjoy the stunt show.

To end our third day, we walked through Toyland together, had a ride on Slinky Dog and then parted ways for dinner time. Kris and I enjoyed more buffet-ing at La Cantina (which was delicious!) and then retired to the hotel for a bit of TV in bed.

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Disneyland Day Four

Our last day!

We went for another day in the Disneyland Park, starting with a meet and greet with Thumper and Miss Bunny. Still just as awkward as Donald, and now there were two people without faces!

From here, it was straight to Adventureland to check out Indiana Jones, the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House, a bit of Adventure Isle and Pirates of the Caribbean. This section was all about the details again, so I’ll be sharing some more photos from here with the ones from Discoveryland another day.

We ended our last day with a ride on Dumbo, a leisurely stroll down Main Street and a really good dinner at the Chuck Wagon Cafe. Oh and a little shopping too before heading to the train station just to find out our train was delayed for an hour. Good job we were taking the direct train home this time!

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And that was our trip in a nutshell!

It was definitely an experience, one that was made extra special with company. Had Kris and I gone alone – chances are, we wouldn’t have – I do not think we would have had half as much fun. It is not our usual adventure, but I am glad I gave it a chance.

Will we go again? Probably not. Do I want to watch a few more Disney movies? Maybe a little bit. I just need to decide which movie. Have you ever been to DLP? Would you ever go? 

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A to Z of Belgium || Hiking in Furfooz Nature Reserve

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We’re making progress! We’ve made it up to F in this A to Z business. We’re getting there! Not by the end of the year, but we’re getting there all the same. Why rush the adventures, that’s what I keep telling myself. Sounds so much better than you suck at this.

F was a tough one! The options were pretty limited, and at first we were going to head to the Flanders Fields near Ieper (Ypres) and visit the Commonwealth cemeteries from the War and go for a bit of a walk, but we didn’t really fancy that. History not really being our thing and all that. So we did some late night internet trawling, on Friday night – we are nothing but organised here – and the next thing, we were up and on the train to Furfooz Nature Reserve down near Dinant in Wallonia. If we’d had known this, we probably would have combined this little hike with our trip to Dinant for D, oh well.

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You’ll probably be shocked to hear, but we didn’t take our bikes! Shocked-face emoji, or something. I just fancied a hike and since the reserve was so close to the train station, there was no need for the bikes. And, for a change, things went nicely to plan. We got all the right trains, we only had to walk 2/3km from the train station to get to the park, spent a few hours following the trail, walked back to the station and even managed to be home a little earlier than planned as we made a different train. It was all jolly good.

What we didn’t know was that Furfooz is a kayaking hot spot. There were many, many people kayaking down the river but hardly any one going for a walk. That just means more peace and quiet for me!

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The walk to the park was nice and easy, straight down the river’s edge. It only got difficult when we decided to take a different route up the hill to check out a cave we could see. This was completely unnecessary as the route would have taken us that way had we just continued on. But what’s a hike without crawling up an incredibly steep hill with shoes that are absolutely not suitable. I don’t know.

Entrance to the park was €4 each, which seemed reasonable, and given how much my legs ached the next day, I think I got my monies worth. Although most of the ache was more than likely down to not having good hiking boots (there were a lot of steps and rocks to walk over). I will definitely be investing in a good pair of boots some time in the future!

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I wish I had a little more to say about our day out, but there wasn’t much else. A lot of walking, a lot of stair climbing and a few caves to see.

Actually the caves were the best part, I’ve not seen any before and although these weren’t huge, they were big enough for you to go inside and at least be in a cave. That was cool. We even spied the odd bat here and there too! Extra cool!

I wish my photos could do justice to the scale of them. I think the one with Kris in the photo does the best job of that, but the fourth photo of that section above was a massive cave, that went downwards from the path, but I couldn’t get myself in a position where I could capture the whole thing in a photos. Sigh. It would have been nice to have gone down to the mouth of the cave, but it was far too steep and the big stop sign sort of said otherwise.

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What else did we see? Old roman baths, although not as old as they technically were, there were more of a replica. That’s the little building in the photos up there. Many kayaks, I already mentioned that. Some gorgeous views, see the photos just up there! Where you can see the train line, that’s where we started the day.

Also, those two insects (the last photos in the second set), I’m curious to know what they are. I haven’t looked it up yet, so I’m going to leave this post here and consult Mr. Google.

A good day indeed. Any advice for the purchasing of hiking boots? It’s not something I’ve looked into much at the moment, so I’d like to hear other people’s thoughts on that. If you have any that is! Happy Monday! 

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A To Z of Belgium || An Afternoon in Enghien

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Ah, the elusive A to Z of Belgium blog series.

I’m still working on it. I’m still fighting against the impossibility of time to get it done before the end of the year.

I am not succeeding.

In fact, I outright suck at this quest.

It’s not all my fault. Sure, sometimes I just don’t fancy going to a place that begins with D, and other times I want to go to another place that begins with T and I’m torn between using a place up before I get to it’s letter or using it for T and just blogging about it when I (eventually) get to that letter. Then there’s the times where I just don’t want to anything. And then there’s every other time: where it’s raining.

The struggle is real. The struggle is the Belgian weather forecast.

But, I’m up to E.

And E is for Enghien!

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Turns out, there’s very few places in Belgium that begin with E.

It also turns out that the only reason we were heading to Enghien – the castle and, its park and gardens – were closed on the weekend we chose to go. Instead, the usually free grounds now cost €5 to enter the Miniature Models exhibition that had taken over the entire park.

I came for the nature. I did not come for scale models of tanks.

It’s ok though, we only cycled 70km to get there. It only took 4 hours of solid cycling. It’s not like the castle and park made up 75% of the town. Oh wait. It did.

We weren’t bitter. We parked our bikes in the car park for the castle grounds (oh the irony) and we had a little wander about the town, took some photos to prove we went there, and then we got the train home.

To add insult to injury, we bought tickets for the train since we’d left our rail passes at home. Turns out, they were sitting in my handlebar bag the entire time. Could have saved myself €9. Could have paid to go into the damn exhibition with that €9.

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Drama aside, it was quite a nice little town. But seriously, I wanted to see a castle.

Guess we’ll just have to cycle back.

Like heck we will.

Here’s hoping for better luck with F. So, do you like model trains or tanks and shizz?

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