LMM's Disneyland Paris TR


#1

Hello, MB! I just returned from my trip to Disneyland Paris!

Just a little backstory - I’m studying abroad at Clemson University’s architecture program in Genoa, Italy. It’s actually a really rigorous program for study abroad which I’ve learned after visiting and hearing of students in other programs. But we get a week of independent travel for us to go wherever we’d like. So I chose to spend the week in Paris and Disneyland Paris!

I went to Paris with my friends Abby and Alex. We took an overnight train from Milan because we wanted the experience. Our train left at 11:30 that night and arrived in Paris at 9:30 the next morning.

We booked a private cabin for three people. Alex was first to the room and says, “I call the bottom bunk.” Then Abby poked her head in and quickly says, "I call the middle bunk.’ I poke my head in and… :blink: Top bunk!!!


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So we were basically sleeping in a closet, but we would wake up in Paris - it’s an adventure!

Getting down was a bit of a struggle…

It was actually a pretty nice set-up. They gave us nice toiletry kits with slippers, toothpaste/toothbrush, soap, etc. We also each got water bottles (hey - that’s a 2 Euro value!). And, we were given vouchers for a free drink and free breakfast. We were just one train car away from the bar/restaurant, so we headed right down to use our drink vouchers. They offered us champagne or orange juice… is that even a question?? :laugh:


#2

Weird! Just yesterday I was thinking "I hope LMM writes a trip report on her Paris adventures! Cannot wait to hear more. Champagne, of course!


#3

I actually slept surprisingly well on the train. I only woke up a few times and it was because it was hot, so I kept reaching over and turning down the thermostat. I feel like I have to have been the hottest, being in the top bunk. But besides that, I really didn’t mind sleeping up there.

Alex’s friend, Eliza, is studying abroad in Paris, and she so kindly invited us to stay with her at her apartment in La Defense. Our train arrived at Gare Lyon, and Eliza told us how to take the metro to La Defense. We exited the metro, and she was there waiting for us!

The metro is right by the Grand Arch -


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It was REALLY cold! Wayyy colder than we had expected! When we arrived at Eliza’s apartment, the first thing we did was add layers.


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After warming up and piling on layers, we set out to explore Paris! Luckily, we had our tour guide Eliza who was very familiar with the metro routes which really eliminated a lot of hassle for us.

We started at Champs-Elysees, the well-known high-end streets of Paris.


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Architects are crazy.


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Then we made it to the Arc de Triomphe.


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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier -


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The Grand Arch was lined directly with the Arch de Triomphe. You can kind of see it through the fog.


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Our tour guide Eliza decided it would be a good idea to go ahead and go to the Louvre today because it’s really crowded on Sundays since that’s when everyone gets in free. This lead us into a very confusing decision on whether or not we should purchase the Paris Museum Pass. Rick Steves said it was a great value - says over and over in his book to definitely do it. If you want to see four museums, then you’ve gotten your money’s worth, and it saves you the wait in line to buy tickets at the door. We had done a museum pass in Torino and found it to be a great value (it was also half the price), so we figured what the heck - we’ll go ahead and get the museum pass.


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We made a beeline to the Mona Lisa because let’s be honest - it was the only reason we were really here. Honestly, I didn’t really care whether or not I saw the Mona Lisa in person, but it was really important to Abby and Alex, so I figured what the heck. Cross that off the bucket list!

She’s not hard to find, surrounded by the crowd of people -


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And, of course, she was behind glass. You do not want to start me on my rant about art behind glass!!!


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Now, perhaps it’s because I see it all of the time and have studied it rather thoroughly, but I am quite uninterested in Renaissance artwork. Really, it’s the same thing over and over again done by different artists. They use the same symbolism, same scenes from the Bible. It’s just repetitive, and I’ve had enough of it. So we got out of there rather quickly.


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I thought this area was cool. My favorite part of the museum.


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Had to see Venus de Milo, of course.


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Despite my distaste for the Renaissance, I do admire their ceilings.

Being architecture majors, we were much more fascinated by the exterior of the Louvre. It’s one of the buildings that we’ve studied throughout the years in school (the I M Pei glass pyramid addition, at least), so it was cool to see it in real life.


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#7

YAY! I was hoping you would write a report of your experience! Can’t wait to read on.


#8

Hopefully I’m not boring you guys with photos of Paris, already…


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Lock bridge - too cute!


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However, I couldn’t help but notice that all of the dates said 2012 or 2013. I am beginning to think that they must cut the locks off or something.


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On to Notre Dame to find the Hunchback…


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We stood in a long line to enter. We probably waited about 10-15 minutes in the cold, which wasn’t too bad, except for the weather. Inside was very congested and difficult to move around in. It must have been the most packed cathedral I’ve visited… and I’ve visited a lot, now, being an architecture major.


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Okay, that was a TON of photos of the interior, and for that I apologize, but I was just really pleased with how they turned out. Low light is very difficult to photograph in, especially when you’re surrounded by people pushing and shoving, so I was really happy when I saw these.


#10

What great pictures Victoria—as always!!! I was in Paris about 8 years ago—this is like “reliving” my trip!

Keep the pictures coming.


#11

BORING US? With pictures of Paris! Is that possible? Please post them all!

I remember my dd being underwhelmed by the Mona Lisa too - it’s really hard to appreciate a painting behind two layers of bullet proof glass. If you get a chance to go to Florence (maybe you already have) do go and see David - I promise you, he won’t disappoint!

Can’t wait for more!


#12

Beautfiul pictures! Sounds like such a fun trip!! Can’t wait to read/see more!


#13

Gorgeous photographs…keep them coming!


#14

Our lock is on that bridge! And the key is in the Seine which means our love stays locked in Paris for ever! J’adore Paris!


#15

While viewing all the photos of ND I started feeling a little like Esmeralda :laugh: It was so real.


#16

I love all the pictures. I can’t wait to hear more about your trip.


#17

:wub: :wub: :wub: Dixie that is so sweet!

Victoria, as always your pictures are awesome! Thanks for sharing your travels with us!


#18

Great report so far!


#19

Thanks, guys! :happy:

One last Notre Dame photo for kicks -


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You might walk by this without noticing, but it’s one of the famous Metro entrances. We learned about this in our third semester of history of art and architecture.


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So, we were FREEZING and had to go inside to warm up. Anywhere was fine! So we ducked into a cafe and got crepes.

Nutella crepe… is like Heaven.


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That lovely cappuccino cost 5.70 Euros - the prices we pay for warmth!

It was now snowing outside.


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Our plan next was to go to the Pantheon. It was included in our Paris Museum Pass.


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However, the Pantheon must’ve closed early that day because the most we got to see of it was the exterior.


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Again seeking warmth, we saught out shelter in the church nearby.


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And then we called it a day and headed back to La Defense.

I was in love with the hotel/mall which was connected to the Metro station.


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Note to designers - if you want people to occupy your public space, free Wifi is a definite crowd-pleaser.

That evening, we went drinking with other Clemson students in her study abroad program. We went to Latin Quarter, but by the time we got there, Abby, Alex, and I were exhausted. The bars were crowded, and we were starving, so we saught out pizza and then headed back to go to bed.


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[QUOTE=LittleMissMagic;1130737]So we ducked into a cafe and got crepes.

Nutella crepe… is like Heaven.


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Nutella crepes :heart::heart: I make them all the time for my kids…they’re especially delicious with banana…Yummo!!