bonjour, Paris!

After hours and hours of being in transit, we finally arrived in Paris, France.  It’s still kinda surreal that I get to say (type) that.

Paris is one of the places that I get to check off my bucket list. I can’t thank the powers that be enough for this opportunity. I can’t help but be grateful of every blessing that has been given to me, this trip was one of those wonderful blessings.

In Paris, the family and I stayed in this cozy Airbnb in the 19th arrondissement. A bit far from the center but it was within our budget. When we arrived, we took the chance to explore the vicinity and have lunch at a nearby cafe.

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Liberte. Egalite. Fraternite.

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We ate at Le Pavillon des Merveilles – an Alice in Wonderland themed cafe. It was decked out in huuuge cards and had other cute decors all around the place. The food was very good too, especially the dessert! I remember we had these chocolate cookies – yum!

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Bienvenue! Welcome!
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Alice in Wonderland themed.
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These cards were huge – human size!
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Croque Monsieur, Gazpacho,  and a veggie lasagna? I forget. Super yum though!

After lunch, we decided to take the train to the center of the city and explore some of the must see touristy things. What better way to see everything than by walking? So, we got our phones out, opened Google Maps and went exploring. Here are some of the places we saw on our walk – Notre Dame, Pont Neuf, and The Louvre Museum.

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Their public toilets, high-tech!

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pretty buildings…

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Notre Dame de Paris

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that iconic glass pyramid – you know you’re at The Louvre
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somebody’s happy

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The Seine with the top of the Eiffel Tower peeping out – magical!

 

And this was only day 1 in Paris!

 

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Disneyland Paris Feels

So, something amazing happened. I went to Europe! For three weeks! With the family! It was amazing… but more on that later.

What kind of Disney kid would I be if i pass up the chance to go to Disneyland Paris? I mean, aside from the part that my sisters’ main purpose of stopping by Paris was just that.

Here I am, sharing my excitement… and slight disappointment from my day at Disneyland Paris. Excitement because, hey! It’s Disneyland! In Paris! but disappointment because, that was it? Disneyland? In Paris?

It may be my fault that I got disappointed. I got my hopes up, expectations were high. Even after reading and researching about the park, even after finding out that it wasn’t the best of all the parks, I still expected so much. Oh, well, it was still quite an experience, though, no doubt about that. That is one more park to check off the list!

There are so many unique things to the park like Sleeping Beauty’s castle with that super cool dragon inside; some things common to some other parks but a new experience for me – like the Pirates of the Carribean ride and Peter Pan’s flight (which was super fun!). It was still very memorable and amazing. I would not take it back. I would probably not make a point to visit it but if by some miracle, I may find myself in Paris once again, I’ll be sure to go.

i DisneyBounded as Snow White. can you see it?

posing with statues is fun. funny the one that posed before me was a little kid. LOL
which way to go?
Sleeping Beauty’s Castle – so pretty.

so, is this Maleficent? or not?
sound advice