It was finally time to return to Disneyland Paris. We had not
been in a while and our Annual Passes had expired, but we had
decided to return and stay on property and get passes with our
Turns out that the airfare was cheaper going a day early, so we
booked one more night at a good neighbour hotel.
We left our home town on the early flight to Frankfurt
and arrived there about an hour later. We did not have much
breakfast at home, so we decided to stop by a restaurant at the
airport and get some. The menu was huge and so we chose what our
and had a great time munching away. Bellies full we went to find
our gate and sat and waited. We learned that the flight was
delayed a bit, but that is just the way it is in the winter. The
flight left Frankfurt about half an hour after we should have,
were again fed
and it was another hour and 20 minutes and we had arrived in
Paris. Tom went to get in line for the rental car, while I
waited for the luggage, which takes forever in Paris and about
half an hour later I finally was on my way out to find Tom.
It was his turn to talk to the agent and since we had a prepaid
voucher it did not take too long to get through the paperwork.
And soon, with key in hand we headed up to the carpark. Took us
a little while to find the car, but soon we had loaded our
luggage into our Nissan Juke and off we went.
Since we did not have tickets for that day we had decided not to
use the motorway, but instead enjoy the countryside and visit
the Concorde Memorial. We had come by the memorial some time
before by accident and had always wanted to come back and stop
and have a look around and since Tom had found out that there
was a geocache as well, this was where we were headed. GPS set
and we were on our way and had soon found the memorial. We
stopped, looked around
and Tom hunted down his cache and after about 40 minutes we were
on our way to Disneyland Paris again.
Since we used the scenic route, it took us about an hour to get
to our hotel. We checked in and were handed a key to a room at
the ground floor. Now I am not a huge fan of ground floor rooms,
but for one night it would work. We quickly had found the room,
it was clean and had a huge glass door opening out toward the
parking area and we were quite happy with it.
So we just got our things in the room and then drove to Val
d’Europe to get some provisions for the day. Val d’Europe is not
too far away, about 10 minutes, including getting in and out of
the car. We took our sweet time looking around and then did some
grocery shopping at the Auchan market.
This is a huge market and again we took a lot of time looking
around. Finally we were done and loaded our purchases into the
car and off we went back to the resort. By now it was later in
the afternoon and when we returned to our room we realized that
we had been placed smack dab in the middle of a huge load of 15
to 16 year old students.
They were loud, really loud and knocked on our door numerous
times until I told their chaperone that I was going to call the
front desk if it didn’t stop. The knocking stopped, but the
Well, it was still early evening, so no way to complain. We had
an early dinner in our room with some baguette, ham, cheese and
some spreads and then headed over to the bus stop to go to the
Disney Village. The bus was still full with people who wanted to
get off on one of the next stops and also had some people who
had previously gotten on, so it was standing room only.
We later found a spot to sit down and within a few minutes we
had reached the railway station and were now on our way into the
village, which was crowded, really crowded. We went through the
security check point, strolled through the shops and were happy
we had bought our own dinner as the line for Earl of Sandwich,
which we had wanted to visit for dinner, was out the door and
seating not available.
We spent about an hour at the Village and then decided to take
the next bus back to the hotel, as it had been quite a long day
anyway and we wanted to get up and get going early the next day.
When we got back to our room the noise had not died down, but
once it was going close to 11 it died down just enough for us to
have a good night’s sleep.