I have never been to Paris. Never have my dad or my husband. The only person in our family to have been to Paris (and almost all of Europe) is my mum. And so since this honeymoon has been planned to start from London, I suggested that we make a short detour to Paris, and we did =). Here's a photoblog of the trip:
We left London St. Pancras International in the wee hours of the morning (note to self: next time, please don't go for ungodly hours for train departures. Waking up at 4 am is, to put it mildly, difficult). Our train departed at 5.40 am from St. Pancras International and we arrived at 9.17 am in Gare du Nord.
I got me a ladybird neck pillow (it's selling for only RM16.99 at the discount store at Green Heights Mall) specifically for this trip. Isn't it cute?
We boarded the Eurostar for our trip. Train tickets vary, the earlier you purchase your tickets, the cheaper they are. Our ticket from London to Paris costs GBP79.50 per person and the return ticket costs 64.50. If I'm not mistaken, the cheapest ticket is around GBP59. So peeps, make sure you get your tickets in advance to avoid paying extra (like us).
Since we only had two days in Paris, our first day was spent in Disneyland, Paris. After checking in at Le Regent Montmartre (where we were staying) , we took the Metro from Anvers Station to Nation, and then we interchanged onto the RER A train to Disneyland Paris. Oh, if you want to read more on how to get to Disneyland Paris, you can click [here]. And for a map of the metro in Paris, click [here].
We boarded a double-decker train from Nation to Marne-la-Vallee (the station for Disneyland). Can you imagine a double decker underground train? Well, I'd never in my life thought there's a double decker train. Ah, there's a first time for everyone and indeed it's a novelty experience for me =).
We chose to sit on the upper deck. Next to my dad is the stairs going down to the train's doors.
The train was fairly empty (well, suffice to say there's more seats than people boarding the train). Disneyland Paris is located on the outskirts of Paris, so the whole journey took about 45 minutes from Nation to Marne-la-Vallee.
We arrived to a wet Disneyland, which is not really a big deal but it was a cold spring and the rain (and wind) only made matters worse. We were freezing from our head to our toes. Not the best way to experience the magical world of Disney, in fact, we were quite miserable for the better part of our trip. Oh, just in case you're planning a trip to Disneyland, tickets to the park would cost you about EUR59 per person. However, there was a promotion when we booked the tickets (we booked online, which is more convenient), we got two parks for the price of one =).
Hey there, Woody! Since there was a slight drizzle outside, all of the Disney characters had to stay indoors.
So which way is it? We entered the confusing world of Alice in Wonderland and got lost in the maze.
The infamous Cheshire Cat. Since it's the beginning of spring, we got to enjoy the blooming of beautiful flowers.
Went for a boat ride on the storybook-themed Happily Ever After ride. Here's Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
Here's Hansel and Gretel.
The Gingerbread House.
King Arthur's sword in the stone.
Beauty and the Beast.
And they all lived happily every after...
Lucky for us the rain stopped (for about an hour or so) so we finally managed to walk around the park and enjoy some of the rides.
The park is huge! If you've been to Disneyland Hong Kong, well, suffice to say Disneyland Paris's park is more than twice the size of Disneyland Hong Kong. So don't forget to wear comfortable shoes.
We weren't able to cover the park (I think we only covered about 25% of the whole park) and we didn't even get to visit the other park which is Walt Disney Studio Park due to the rain. We got caught in a downpour as we reached Marne-la-Vallee (even before we exited the station to enter into Disneyland).
Among the rides that we could enjoy, 'It's a Small World'.
Left Disneyland on a taxi, Dad insisted on getting a taxi (tired aching feet made the train ride extremely unappealing). As I've told you before, Disneyland Paris is rather far from the city so the cab ride costs us about EUR100 but Dad was really insistent on taking the cab.
Oh, and for Muslims, there's an outlet in Disneyland that sells halal food, the Agrabah Cafe. For more info on Agrabah Cafe, click [here].
Will post more on Paris soon =).
xoxo Mrs Fashionista