The flight went well however when we got to Gatwick we overestimated the amount of time that we had to reach Victoria Station in time and ended up missing the train to Disneyland Paris. They are really strict about checking-in 30 minutes ahead of departure. in any case the people there were very nice and put us on the next train to Paris and we caught the RER train out to Disney.
4 Hours later we arrived at Disney. Don't believe the hype about the regular shuttle busses. When we arrived at around 5pm and there would be no shuttle to our hotel for about two hours. We ended up getting a taxi which ran to 10 euros.
Finally after a long day of travelling we arrived at out hotel. The Radisson SAS was beautifull! mind you it was one of the furthest hotels from Disney. The room was great. The bathroom was very modern and the beds were super comfortable. The tv had about 2 English channels (I don't know what I should have expected in France LOL)
After freshening up we went into the Disney VIllage to get some dinner (another cab). We chose Planet Hollywood. The meal was ok, nothing to write home about. We ate went back to the hotel (another cab) and got some much needed rest.
We woke up around 10 and headed to Disney (another cab). We started at Mc Donald's for a quick breakfast and headed into DisneyLand Park.
For anyone thats interested, October is a great time to visit Disneyland Paris . The weather was ok (Cool, not freezing cold). But the best part was that there was hardly any lines for the rides. I only needed a fast pass for the Big Thunder Mountain ride but all the rest had waits of around five minutes!!!
We got through the whole park in one day and even took in the Disney Parade (Made you feel like a kid again). As my friend said we can't go to Disney and not see the mouse.
After we saw all there was to see and the park was about to close we got a quick bite to eat and decided to head into the city. A good move we made was to stop at the the visitor center first. We got maps and brochures and the best purchase was the 2 day Paris Visite pass. It allows unlimited passage on all busses and trains and also come with a booklet with discounts on museums, boat tours and shopping.
One of the tour companies advertised a night tour that appearently didn't exist. We decided to make the best of our nightand eventually found a busline that took us to the Eiffel Tower. That's one of the places that are as beautiful up close as in pictures. Mind you there was this huge rugby ball in the tower and rgby paying on the big screen tv. Aparently we were the only ones in Paris that didn't know about the WOrld Cup Rugby that was going on.
When we reached the tower, we decided to buy tickets to the top floor. However, once we got on that first elevator (again no line) we instantly regretted that decision. The elevator stopped on the second floor that was already entirely too high (LOL) and decided to get straight on the elevator to the top before we lost our nerves.
When we reached the top, we took the final steps to the OUTDOOR platform. We were above the clouds. so we walked around even though we couldn't see very far because of the fog but we had the experience. We did the second floor after but by then tiredness was setting in from the long day. So we left the tower and and walked to the train station. Luckily we decided to leave at that time because we managed to catch the second last train to disneyland station (The last one is 12:30 by the way).
After that it was back the the hotel (another cab) for some shut eye.
Today started much like yesterday. Missing the shuttle bus, breakfast and Mc Donald's. We decided to check out Walk Disney Studios. Because it was Saturday there was alot more people because the kids were out of school. Mind you t was still not overwhelming. There were really only long waits for the studio tram tour and crush's coaster (didn't get to do that one :-() This day was a lot less stressful. Most of the activities were more laid back shows. All really cool though.
More prepared this time we headed into the City. We went on a seine river boat tour and then we took the train to the Louvre ( I couldn't leave Paris without seeing the pyramid) After we went back to the Avenue des Champs-Elysees and had dinner. The food was great. We had the opportunity to catch the 11:30 show of Lid which looked really interesting, unfortunately we ahd to catch the last train back so we decided not to risk it.
We headed back to Disney and knew there would be no shuttle howevere what we didn't know that it would be near to impossible to catch a cab. There were about 20 people waiting for cabs with none in sight. After about an hour we shared a taxi with some guys who were staying at the mariott and got their hotel to order them a cab. The transporatation was probably the only thing that Disney needs to work on. that and options of things to do and eat after hours.
All in all Paris was great. Even though I think that I'm over the Disney thing, Ii would definately go back to Paris and stay in the city.
We finally caught this mysterious shuttle bus. (it does exist) We get to the train station in time to catch the train back to London. We actually had so much time that we thought it would be a good idea to grab some breakfast from Mc Donalds. BAD IDEA it took forever to get our food and an hour later we ended up missing the train.
$60 euros and one hour later we were on the next train to London. We arrived in London and immediatley purchases the three day oyster pass(we learned from the Paris experience and it was definatle worth it). We got on the under ground to Paddington Station and walked from the Station to our hotel. We got a bit misdirected and took the long way but we did finally find a store with converters (see day 1) and made our way to the Best Western.
We headed straight out as we were hungry by this time. We went to Picadilly Circus and Leister Square. We tried to get tickets to a show, however there were no shows on Sundays. We got something to eat at Garfunkles and headed back to the hotel.
The hotel was comfortable. Mind you we had been spoilt by the comforts of the Radisson. One negative however, our room was above or next to the elevator shaft so we could hear everytime the eleator changed floors. Luckily we were so exhausted it didn't matter much.
We decided to get a nap before heading back out. The nap lasted all night. Oh well.
As this was to be our only full day in London we decided to make the best of it we took the train out to Leister Square and had breakfast at aberdeen steak house. The food was great. We then headed to the tkts stand and got ticket to Mary Poppins for about 26 pounds.
After we secured the tickets we headed to oxford street for a bit of shopping. I spent a bit more then I planned but I rationalized it by syaing that sisnce we didn't get to go to the spa that was money that would have been spent anyway. :-)
We took longer then we expected and had to rush to Mary Poppins. Shopping bags and all. The show was great!!! Our seats were in the 6th row from the stage to the left. We saw everything and did I say it was GREAT!?!?!? Ha HA it was.
After the show we had dinner at Bella Italia. I had the Penne Marco Pollo and my friend had something with chicken in it. They were really great when she asked for cream sause instead of tomato sauce. For dessert we headed to the Haagen Daz ice cream store. For anyone that knows me they would be lke WHY!!! yeah I'm lactose intolerant. Anyway I took one for the team as my friend loves their belgian waffle special. I had an apple cobler (not great) and a pot of tea.
We decided to take a bus back to the hotel instead of the train it was nice to see the city.
We got back to the hotel around 1 and got some shut eye.
We finally got it right today. We checked out of the hotel at around 10 and went to the train station and didn't stop till we got to the hotel. Ok we took a quick detour in victoria station and grabbed so Krispy Kreme donuts for breakfast beofre we passed out.
After catching the Gatwick Express to the airport and checked-in we had plenty of time to look around the stores and have a leisurely lunch before heading to our departure gate.
The flight home was smooth and now I'm back to real life.
The whole thing was a bit of a whirlwind but it was a great experience.