- Feb 19, 2008
You guys must have been exhausted!! So many different forms of transportation But nothing like travel adrenaline to keep you pumped and the tiredness away!
Because of course it couldn't be easy!
As it turned out, the plane was too big for the gate, so we were loaded into a weird little holding pen and then bused to the plane itself - poor Kevin was absolutely freezing in his shorts thanks to the 45 degree Icelandic weather.
About 10 minutes later, we arrived at Marne-la-Vallée – Chessy - we made it!! I have to say, I wish we had a train station steps away from WDW or DL, it was incredibly convenient.
We went across the street to catch the free shuttle to the Kyriad hotel, and immediately noticed the increased security presence in the area - obvious military folks patrolling the area with the biggest guns I have ever seen in my life. Considering recent events in France, we weren't at all surprised.
Oh it was long alright! Do you have a direct flight? As much as I hate airplane bathrooms and not walking around forever a direct flight is ultimately the way to go IMO (we had an almost direct flight coming home)Oh my! That is quite the travel day! I think that is one of the few things that I will find hardest when I finally travel overseas- I am not a fan of travel days, and it will be much longer than just a little hop to FL!
Oh we were! Not just any travel adrenaline, but travel adrenaline with being in a different country for (almost) the first time and knowing you aren't fluent in the language! Of course, the tiredness didn't stay away for long....You guys must have been exhausted!! So many different forms of transportation But nothing like travel adrenaline to keep you pumped and the tiredness away!
I skip the chatter too when I'm reading threads Always nice to have a local reader aboard!Oh I did! I skipped a lot of the comments though lol.
I cannot believe your flight issues! I am glad you made it there (and it sounds like you got home)! Logan international terminal can be so confusing. I also think it is the nicest of them all (I live just south of Boston).
How nice that the train takes you right to DLP! Your hotel is cute too! Small but clean!
Ahahaha in hindsight our panic was totally unnecessary, but one does funny things when sleep deprived!ONE outlet? That's really sad!
I have to admit, I was very amused by your panic about "entering the country illegally". Then again, I'm weird like that.
Hello again!! I can't believe you've never made it over to DLP! You'll have to asap!Subscribing! Even though it's our closest resort.. I've never been to DLP! Looking forward to reading about your trip x
There's never enough time to see all of anywhere in Europe, not in a lifetime! We'll revisit all these destinations again for sure. So funny that we had somewhat similar flight experiences!Yay! I can't wait to hear what you thought of everything. I went to London with my best friend for 2 weeks last fall, and we did a day in Paris and a day at DLP. I wish we'd had more time in Paris/had done what you did, and flew into one city and out of the other... but oh well. The problems with traveling is there's just so many things to do and not enough time!
Oh my goodness the flights! We flew Icelandair and I was concerned because we read a few poor reviews online, but we had a good experience. It was several hundred dollars less per person than the next flight with United. I can't believe they kept cancelling them. The baggage policies are funny, too, compared to here. I think Icelandair had a weight limit for carry ons but I don't remember them checking...
It's no fun if it's easy!
We had a layover in Iceland around the same time, and my first thought was, I feel like I'm in Ikea! We had to wait almost an hour for the little shop to open so we could get sandwiches.
We Were opposite - we landed, after almost an 8hr flight, we barely dozed off for the last hour... and they shuffle us off the plane... Out into the freezing cold down a staircase, and make us wait for a bus! We were very awake after that! We were able to get on the next plane from inside the airport.
I didn't realize how close the station was until we came out! It was strange to us to see all the military people around the Eiffel tower, and the train stations even in November... We got back maybe a week before the first attack there.
I would love to see other parts of France someday! I took a high school trip to Strasbourg, which was libey, and Kevin is a big WWII buff so he'd like to go to Normandy, but that's a long ways away. We're definitely sticking to the States for the time being!I'll be anxious to hear about your trip! We are hoping to do a DLP and French countryside trip in the near future!
Sounds like a difficult travel day. Why is it that European hotels seems to put the bed up against one wall? That means one person needs to climb over the other to get out of the bed. Very strange!
Thanks for joining in!Great TR!
Joining in...I can't wait to read about the parks! We are planning a trip for next March.
Who'd of known that was an EU rule? Makes sense though. We were initially thrown off too by all the military presence (it was even heavier in Paris around Notre Dame and other such sites) but considering current events it certainly made sense to us.I love this! I visited DLP years ago when I was studying abroad in Scotland (apparently DLP was my biggest sightseeing priority!) so I love revisiting through your eyes. As far as security, I have to say that I've seen a huge military police presence every time I've been to Paris. It's understandably increased, but I remember being a little thrown off seeing them in the metro stations when I was in high school.
As for the hotel taking your passport numbers, that's just part of the European Union rules. They have to collect certain information from guests so as to have it readily available to law enforcement if necessary.
Isn't it so cool? I think the one in Tokyo has a funky storyline as well, but it'll be awhile before we get over thereGreat start to some Disney Paris fun!
I totally had to go and look up the storyline for Phantom Manor- I was dying to know more!!
Thanks for following along!!Lovely first day
Isn't it so pretty? I love how all the Mansions have such a different look to them (at least the three we've seen in person!)Phantom Manor is beautiful! I can't wait to read more
One of my favorite things is seeing how other people interpret my homeland -- definitely looking forward to seeing the USA dolls in DLP's IASW, and to seeing the hotels themed to different parts of America. Also good to know about the maze -- wouldn't have thought about it before you mentioned the crowds ruining the effect, but that may have to be a rope drop first stop when I go to DLP next year, to get the full effect. It's a pain to wait in lines, but at least once you get on a ride it's still the same experience. Not so much with a maze, I guess.We continued on to hop onto Small World (again strong reminders of DL here, with the big facade and outdoor loading zone). I missed the photo, but this was our first time seeing a "USA" land and Kevin and I both instantly cracked up at the dolls chosen to represent our country!After our tour around the world we decided to do something totally new to us - the Alice in Wonderland maze! I wished we had been able to visit when it was less crowded though, as it kind of ruined the whole maze effect that we were basically following everyone in front of us through the hedges until the end. We did make it to the castle in the center though - it was cute but SO crowded!