Yippee for Disneyland!
06.03.2011 - 06.06.2011 34 °C
So.. I have recently gone to Paris twice. This post is about the first trip with my friends Lynsey and Adam.
The purpose of this trip was to a) see Versailles and b) see Disneyland (but those of you who know me, now this trip was mostly for Disney)
Lynsey and I opted for the cheapest transportation. From Den Haag you can take a night bus to Paris. You leave around 11pm and arrive around 6 am. It was only 30 euros. Good deal right? Nay.
The way there was actually pretty good. I sat by a window and passed out on the cold glass for most of the way there. But, the way back was a nightmare, but I'll get to that later.
So we pulled into the Paris bus station a little before six and grabbed our bags. We headed to the nearest ticket machine to buy rail tickets to take a few trains to the general location of our hotel. The line was huge! So we took one of the attendants advice and walked about 5 minutes down the station to an "empty" machine. Except that machine wasn't empty-- the line was actually twice as long as the first one we saw. So we went back to the first one, which had doubled in size since we left it. Instead of going back and forth between lines we just decided to stay in this one. After a 30 or 40 minute wait we finally got our ticket and walked to where the tram picked up.
On our walk there a guy started following us. We didn't really think much of it and only took notice because he was walking really closely behind us. Then he got on the tram with us. And stood really closely. Then we moved down the tram and he followed. Then we got of the tram to switch to another. And he followed again. At this point we were pretty freaked out. I figured he was trying to pickpocket us so we stayed close together and held on to our purses. Then we got off that tram to go up to ground level to find our hotel and he stayed right on our heals the entire time. Lynsey and I saw a group of French army guys up ahead so we sprinted ahead to get in the middle of the group, hoping it would make the creeper go away, but instead he weaved through the group and stood right behind. And started breathing really heavily. Innocent me thought that he was smelling us, but then I saw lynsey turn around to look at him and gasp in horror. Nope, he wasn't smelling us. He had his hand down his pants. So we started running to get out of the station and as soon as we hit daylight he backed off. Disgusting.
Anyways after that we made it to our hotel. It was kind of a dump, but the rooms were clean. The biggest downer though was that we were on the seventh floor. And I hate elevators. So I walked up and down those stairs a million times. With a 30 pound backpack.
This is the view from our hotel room. It was exactly what I expected Paris to look like!
We checked in about 10:00 am and headed to breakfast and waited for Adam to get there by train.
(my yummy french breakfast)
Then we headed to Disneyland!
The Haunted Mansion
Sleeping Beauty's Castle
Disneyland was a lot of fun. It was actually pretty much as the one at home. The layout was practically the same. It had the same rides (Though some had different names). And everything was still overpriced.
After Disneyland we went back to the hotel to change and go out to dinner. We took a train to La Fresque. It was amazing! We sat down and order a house red wine, which was amazing. Then we tried to decipher the menu and figure out what the heck it said. Then we got a second house wine. We we finally got our bill four hours later we were amazed. A bottle of house was over 25 euros! House wine!
(Us hanging out a the restaurant. Adam's eyes are ALWAYS closed anytime a camera has a flash. He just can't help it )
Then we went for a walk along the Seine River to hunt for the Eiffel Tower. We finally cam around the bend and spotted it. But I was bummed because I always thought the Eiffel Tower sparkled at night. This created a huge debate about its' sparkles and it was two against one: Adam and Lynsey thought I was crazy and I was sticking to my sparkle story. We turned around to leave and out of the corner of my eye what did I see? Sparkles! Apparently it only sparkles at the beginning of each hour for a few minutes.
The next day we headed to Versailles. Which turned out to be a massive walk. We thought we were getting off at the right stop. But it turned out we got off about 4 stops too early and ended up walking 45 minutes. In 104 degree heat. But, oh well!
These are just some pretty photos from our walk
And these are some from our wander around the gardens.
The gardens were beautiful!I could totally picture Marie Antoinette wandering around with her giant white hair. We even got to rent a row boat and row around the "lake!"
On our way back to the bus station to head home we were able to quickly stop by the Eiffel tower and pose for a few pictures.
Then it was off to the bus stop for our overnight ride home! Which was torture. I got an aisle seat with a person kicking my chair the entire night. So I slept for about 20 minutes on an 8 hour bus ride. The other 7 hours and 40 minutes I was almost in tears from lack of sleep and being so uncomfortable. But, we finally made it home at 5:30 the next morning and I slept the entire day away!
Up next: Paris, Zurich, and Milan with my family!