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Old 11-28-2011, 09:26 PM   #31
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Hi Paula! I'm a NJ mom planning to take my family (DH, DD-15 yrs old, and DS-13 yrs old) to Paris and DLP next summer to celebrate my big b-day. Looking forward to reading about your adventure and getting ideas for our trip.
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:09 PM   #32
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They were working on the teminal and we could not pull up to a gate. So we had to exit the plane outside on the stairs. Ellie was so excited... she kept saying.. I feel like the President!!! I don't know about the President... but I personally didn't feel too welcome as we were led into a dingy barely lit basement and stairwell But we came out unscathed!
I agree with Ellie! The last time I came out of a plane down the stairs and on the runway was when I moved home from Alberta. A bunch of my friends and family were waiting in the terminal - I felt like the Beatles!

I'm glad your flights went well! A good flight always gets things off to a smooth start! And shuttle service that you can rely on is always a good thing!
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:46 AM   #33
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Hi LL! So glad you enjoyed them I'll have a bunch of different ones in the report. The ones on FB was mostly for Ellie to show off to her friends! How's the 'baby baking' going... you feeling good???
I really did enjoy the pictures. I'm wondering if I can convince Marc that I should take Violet to Paris for her 13th birthday....

I'm feeling really good right now. The morning sickness at the beginning was pretty awful but now I'm good.
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Old 11-29-2011, 07:44 PM   #34
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YAY for a smooth arrival!!! I don't know how I would handle that long of a flight but it sounds like it was really nice!!! Can't wait to hear what you thought of your hotel!
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Old 12-04-2011, 12:54 AM   #35
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I'm going to try very hard to get the next post up here on Sunday evening!!

I wanted to do it tonite... but the girls wanted to decoate.... so, at least I accomplished something today
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Old 12-04-2011, 01:05 PM   #36
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signing on.... also doing london/paris/dlp on our own this year!
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Old 12-04-2011, 09:29 PM   #37
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May I have the honor of saying what an awesome mom you are? Truly! I think that's a great idea for a birthday present, and the fact that she saved for three years to go! Amazing!

I'm truly looking forward to reading your trip report. I can't wait to hear how your trip went. I hope you two enjoyed yourselves.
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Old 12-08-2011, 11:26 AM   #38
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Joining in. I just asked my dd (who is 6) where she would want to go if we took a trip together. Her answer was the beach at Disney World.
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Old 12-08-2011, 03:18 PM   #39
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I look forward to the rest of your TR!
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Old 12-12-2011, 06:44 PM   #40
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Day 1... Part 1

Thanks for hanging in there everyone!! Sorry it took so long to get this installment up! Life has a way of interfering with my DIS-time

Anyhoo... I left off the travel day post, stating that we used Tio Shuttle to whisk us to our hotel!! The ride there was very comfortable, and we were really excited to get to see some of the landmarks off in the distance as we rode!

It took about 30 minutes before we arrived at our hotel, Hotel Lion d'Or.



From the outside, it was exactly as I was expecting! We went inside, and the reception clerk was very nice, and quickly switched over to English, once she realized who we were and were not fully understanding everything she was saying lol!

We recieved our room keys very quickly.... and were on our way to settle in!

Now, when I reserved this hotel, there were some negative reviews. Almost ALL the poor reviews involved the complaints that there was no elevators and construction/remodelling noise... There were also some poor reviews stating the rooms were 'old' So I made the decision, that we could walk up a few flights of stairs, in exchange for having a large, centrally located room!! Plus... in a city that WAS hundreds and hundreds of years old... I felt that an older room was sort of a given! Besides..we weren't going to Paris to sit in our room anyway!

Our room was on the 2nd floor.... which for us Americans, is actually the 3rd floor, because we start with '1' and not 'ground' floor! It was a struggle lugging our bags (2 large suitcases plus a carryon and purse for each of us!) up all those steps! But it was managable! Finally we reached our room... we were very pleasantly suprised at how nice it was! Sure... there were some divits/dents in the floor... the windows were a bit old... and the soft goods were very simple.. BUT it was CLEAN! Which in my book, trumps the rest! The beds were comfortable... the shower had good pressure and was hot... and we had toms of space! I usually consider myself a 4 star kind of gal... but honestly, this place didn't have the bells and whistles (not even a phone!) but it felt like home!

Here's some photos of the room! The 2nd full sized bed is actually lofted. It didn't have a boxspring or frame... just a matress in the loft... but Ellie saidit was very very comfortable!







We got freshened up, and wen't off to find a snack! We were both needing a little sugar as a pick-me-up!

So we headeed off down the street toward the Tullieries Gardens! They certainally weren't hard to find... because they are enormous! It was only about a 5 minute walk. It was a little cloudy, but it didn't feel like rain. So I did take a few photos, but I'll have nicer ones later in the report!





We found a little cafe in the garden, so we had a seat, and Ellie had a Coke (Coca-Cola, as we had to call it, since the term Coke isn't used lol!) and I had a Hot Chocolate. Both of which tasted SO MUCH BETTER in Paris! Actually, neither of us can stand drinking a Coke since we got home!! And our Swiss Miss.. blech! No comparision!


After our little snack, we went back to our room so Ellie could change and grab a jacket. It was much cooler than we had expected!


Our evening wasn't over yet.... actually, the adventure was really just beginning! Next time... I'll tell you all about us getting lost... our1st dining experience... and an evening cruise on the Seine!
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:37 AM   #42
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Wow. So pretty! And what a great use of space with the loft bed. I agree, clean trumps the rest. Glad the hotel worked out. Looking forward to hearing about your first dinner!
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:49 AM   #43
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We found a little cafe in the garden, so we had a seat, and Ellie had a Coke (Coca-Cola, as we had to call it, since the term Coke isn't used lol!) and I had a Hot Chocolate. Both of which tasted SO MUCH BETTER in Paris! Actually, neither of us can stand drinking a Coke since we got home!! And our Swiss Miss.. blech! No comparision!
That's because our Coca's are made with real sugar and not the HFCS that you have in the US.

If you want the same flavour I think it's the Mexican coca's that are made with real sugar if you get them in your state

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Old 12-14-2011, 12:21 AM   #44
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I think your hotel looks very cozy! I'm sure dragging the bags up was totally worth having all that space!
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:12 PM   #45
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Wow!! That's all I have to say! It's so pretty! I cannot wait to hear more! I bet the hot chocolate was super delicious!
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