Thursday, November 9, 2017

DDay sites: Normandy France

Okay last post from the coast of France before I post all about Paris. These post might take my all month to get through and at that point I will probably have more post and travel spots to share. I will just keep chugging away and going through them. We explored the DDay sites of Normandy in the afternoon after exploring Mont Saint-Michel in the morning. We drove up the coast and our first stop was Utah Beach.
We wandered around Utah Beach for a while. Going to all the monuments and reading all the information signs. We were lucky and it was a great sunny day. There was even statues on the way to Utah Beach with information about where the airborne units landed during the Dday attacks.
After Utah Beach, we drove up the coast a little more to Omaha Beach. Probably the most famous beach for the DDay landings. It was more deadly because it wasn't a flat beach. There was a bluff that looked over the beach making it easy for Germans to protect themselves and shoot and hard for the allied soldiers to take over and also find cover. There isn't exactly one place where the landing beach is. So there are monuments and museums all along the beaches for kilometers. We saw the main ones by the museums and walked the beach. It is hard to imagine what Dday would have been like. Very scary I am sure. Clark said if someone wasn't scared then they were probably insane.
Next we visited the cemetery. There was a long time to go into the visitors center so we skipped that and just made our way straight to the American military cemetery. We were lucky and caught the lowering of the flag for the day it was very special. Everyone stopped and watched and was very respectful which I really enjoyed. 
love, Carlee

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Disneyland Paris

What can I even say about Disneyland paris is was so magical as Disneyland usually is. I have only been to Disneyland in California and the last time I went I was like 14 so over 10 years ago now. This Disneyland is obviously different but also it has the same Disneyland charm and feel. We went to Disneyland our 3 day in France. After we explored the coast and right before we went into Paris for the next 4 days so right in the middle of our trip. 
Stuff that was missing: Matterhorn, toontown, mickeys house (although we did see Mickey out and about 4 different times taking photos and in parades) corn dogs, and Mickey shaped pretzels. Stuff that was better: We thought the Indiana Jones ride was better. It was more like a roller coaster. We also really enjoyed the light show at the end of the evening. I also LOVED going to Disney in October. They have pumpkins and ghost decorating buildings. I so want to go to Disney World for the Mickey Mouse Halloween Party thing. 
We spent one full day at Disneyland.We got there right when the parked opened at 10 and left after the firework show at 10pm. It was a full day and both our legs there sore that night but worth it. We did all the rides we could. The fast pass for big thunder mountain was our best decision of the day. Peter pans flight was fun and I really liked autopia. We waited in a line for about 40 minutes to get cheeseburgers but you know how it is. The lines weren't too bad for Disneyland. I would say that the line for Buzzlighter ride wasn't worth it. 
We also saw so many characters but most of them at really long lines to meet them so we skipped them cause we would have rather spent our time in line for rides but I snapped from photos. The only person we got photos with and a signature was Jafar and he was so hilarious. Played the part so well even scaring some of the children in front of us. He had clark laughing so hard. At first he refused to take a photo with me and only wanted one with Clark evening signing his signature with a big X at first then he actually signed in Jafar. He was funny. 
I will say the firework show at the end is so worth it. They do a cool projector thing on the castle and play disney songs it is worth staying I think. It does get really crowded in the middle area right in front of the castle but we were back a little ways next to the restaurant in front of the arcade and we had a great view. 

We stayed at a hotel about 2km Disneyland called Hôtel Kyriad Disneyland Paris it had an amazing breakfast and even a free shuttle to and from Disneyland so it was perfect. It was one of the less expensive hotels in the area with good reviews. Clark was wondering why we didn't stay at a Disneyland hotel and I was like because they are $500 a night haha. 
love, Carlee
Black shirt: Old Navy
Leggings & Shoes: Nike
Sweatshirt: H&M
Purse: JCPennys

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Paris at night

So I was having a little bit of a hard time deciding how to divide the Paris photos up. There is a ton! And I am still not sure how some should go but whatever. Some of these photos are from different days but I thought putting all my night Paris photos in one post made sense so here we are;) haha 
Paris at night is lovely. The Eiffel Tower sparkling is a must see in your lifetime it is glittery and perfect. It sparkles at the top of every hour for 5 minutes once it gets dark out. If you want to have a picnic in the yard below the tower don't worry about bring your own beer, wine, or cigarettes there will be plenty of people trying to sell you some!!! At most tourist places there are people trying to sell you things and be a little pushy and I was expecting Paris to be really bad since it is the most visited place in the world but I thought it was actually better in that sense than Rome and Athens so that was nice. 
The couple of photos below are from the neighborhood of Montmartre which is where we stayed in Paris. Clark wasn't feeling good one night so I ventured out to get tacos to-go and walked back along the road that Moulin Rouge is on. Turns out at night this street basically turns into the red light district lol.
More Paris post to come of course. 
love, Carlee