Waking up this morning was incredibly difficult because of the lack of sleep I got the night before. I just ate a croissant that my aunt brought my for breakfast and then got dressed and packed my purse for the day. We headed out onto the metro to go over to our tour that started out of their office that was near the Louvre.
Our tour began at 9:30 AM with a walk over to the Louvre. I’m not really into art, but our tour guide did a great job of giving us a taste of the artwork shown without boring us all to death. We got to see the Mona Lisa as well as a variety of other works and statues. The pyramids that distinguished the Louvre were really interesting to look at and I really enjoyed seeing them from various different angles. After about an hour and a half at the Lourve we left.
The next stop was going to lunch at the Eiffel tower, but we had a boat ride down the Seine River to get there. The views were amazing, but I ended up seeing about 80% of the boat ride through my eyelids because I probably wouldn’t make it through the day without at least a couple of cat naps. When we arrived I looked up the Eiffel tower and it really was an architecturally amazing with its supports and it’s bronze color. The line was long and the air was cold, but luckily we got to go in the express line to get our food. I just kept telling myself that waiting in line now was practice for Disney later that day. Our lunch took place on the first platform of the tower where I had dessert first (I like Paris!!) which was a panna cotta with some mango-passionfruit mix inside of it followed by pasta with Halibut fish in it. It was really good and when we had finish eating and warming up we ventured back into the cold. We looked out over the city and then headed down to the bottom to try to walk a ways away and get a good picture. The steps down to the bottom were kind of terrifying the way they were set up, but it was cool to look at the supports of the tower and see the views on the way down. After getting a couple of good pictures, we headed back to the boat to meet up with our tour guide.
After another boat ride back the way we came we ended up at Notre Dame Cathedral. The inside of the cathedral was stunning with all of the colors in the stained glass windows and the amazing architecture. Around 4:00 PM, although the tour wasn’t over, Aunt Nik and I gave our bags to Uncle Steve and then headed towards the metro because it was at least an hour trip to Disney and they closed at 8:00 PM.
The trip there was eventful. When we got to the metro we opted to not buy tickets out to Disney quite yet because there was a long line and we figured we could buy them at the transfer station. We were wrong and ended up actually going through our next ticket check- that our old tickets allowed us to get through- before finding a place to buy tickets for the next leg. Since there wasn’t much else to do we decided to just keep going and hope for the best. The forty minute metro ride flew by because I was asleep for almost all of it (second cat nap of the day). Alas, there was no ticket booth on our side at the next metro stop either so we stood there not knowing what to do. Hopefully the Paris metro police doesn’t read my blog, because the next thing we did was just run behind the handicap doors behind a woman with a stroller. Either way, we got out and we made it to Disney.
Disney World Paris was kind of a let down. We were only there for about an hour and a half and it was absolutely freezing, so that probably took away from the whole vibe, but still. There were fewer rides and just fewer buildings set up in an already smaller space. One of the things I noticed was that there wasn’t a gift shop after every single ride, which was kind of upsetting because I couldn’t easily find a bunch of souvenirs for one character. We ended up going on the Ratatouille Ride (typical “4-D” experience ride, but it was actually in all English), followed by Rock n’ Rollercoaster (VERY similar to Florida’s), and ending with Crush’s Coaster (my favorite and not just because it was Nemo)!
Next came the shopping!
That was also a let-down. There was four Disney themed store and a Lego store, but the selections were not as good as Disney and everything was not as well-organized. I ended up finding everything I wanted to get for people, but it was not as easy as I had expected it to be. The Disney Gallery store was probably the coolest of the night and there I was able to find some really interesting prints. I ended up buying one that was part of a Disney city Mickey collection that I cannot seem to find the actual name of on Google.
When we finally finished shopping we were going to get dinner somewhere in the Disney Village, but it was already 9:00 PM and all of the lines were out the door. We decided to just go back- with actual, purchased tickets this time- and get tacos from the place around the corner from our hotel. The tacos were not your normal tacos, but they were absolutely delicious and although the place looked like a shack, it was absolutely packed. We brought our tacos back to the room and ate them there before going to sleep.