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Old 05-12-2013, 03:19 PM   #316
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Hi everyone,
So I wanted to check to see if you all want me to continue this TR. I'm down with that if you are. It's going to be a long ride, because it was a long trip. Just say the word, and I'll continue.

Things have evened out for me and I'm making time and getting caught up on the DIS. So, just let me know!

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Old 05-12-2013, 09:08 PM   #317
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Old 05-12-2013, 10:07 PM   #319
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Old 05-13-2013, 12:59 AM   #321
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:29 PM   #322
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Yes I am willing because it is always so excellent!!!!!
Thanks everyone! I'll work on an update this week.
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:30 PM   #323
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Hi everyone!

I started a new TR for my Disneyland trip. Hope to see you guys there!

Business Trip to San Diego? I'M GOING TO DIDNEYRAND!!!!! - Apr 13 TR
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Old 05-14-2013, 09:43 AM   #324
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I'm not on here too much anymore (no trips until next year, boo) but I will be reading along if you continue, too!
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:34 PM   #325
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Espana, espana, espana!

Day 2 - Sunday July 1, 2012

Holy smokes friends. I'm still only on day 2? Jeez......

Okay, we left off having departed the Magic Kingdom in DLRP and heading back to our hotel. We wanted Dad to rest his leg after his unfortunate stroller collision, and then we were going to decide what we were going to eat for dinner.

Mom and Dad had checked with concierge to see what they recommended for dinner. Concierge told us that they recommended the California Grill at the Disneyland Hotel. Now, it's not the same as the California Grill at the Contemporary. It's definitely more traditionally French. Since concierge recommended it, they made a reservation for 8:15pm.

International Travel Tip # 30 - In France and some other countries, items and food include VAT tax, which means that they won't charge you any more than is listed on the tag. No hidden costs to contend with. Makes shopping a little bit easier if you ask me.

After relaxing and getting prettied up, it was time to head out.

The Disneyland Hotel is the Paris equivalent of the Grand Floridian. Not quite as big, but very pretty.







We had some time to waste, so we walked around the shops.

Who doesn't love this? I'm sad I didn't get one, but I was trying to budget well.





It was time to head in, and we were seated right away.



The restaurant was a little dead. Remember, people eat late here.





International Travel Tip # 31 - In Europe especially, the service staff are not on you like white on ride. They stay back and only check on you occasionally. They don't come over to you constantly, which I enjoy. They want you to enjoy your meal, not have them looming every second.

The menu was amazing.



Don't let the pricing fool you. Remember, tax and tip are included in the pricing.

This was my amuse bouche of chicken in a mustard sauce and prawns. It was very yummy. I believe the server gave me this because I didn't order from the prix fixe menu.



International Travel Tip # 32 - Prix fixe menus are everywhere in Europe, even at inexpensive cafes. They're a great way to get a variety of items to eat and get a tasting selection.

Mom and Dad ordered from the prix fixe menu.

Mom got Duck Foie Gras for her appetizer.



She loves foie gras. Me, not so much. It's okay, just a little too salty.

This was my filet with mushrooms and potatoes.



So good. And honestly, the perfect size. I was able to finish it, no problem.

Dad got the T-bone steak with fries.



And Mom got the salmon.



This was my dessert sampler.



Dad's candied coconut dessert.



Mom's cheese plate sampler for dessert.



The meal itself was incredible. I would highly recommend this to anyone who visits DLRP in the future. So yummy and definitely worth the money.

International Travel Tip # 33 - Europeans, especially French, love to take a long time for dinner and meals in general. They believe this is the time to enjoy and to take advantage of each other's company. This meal for us took almost 3 hours.

We headed out of the restaurant, full and completely satisfied. We had to walk through Downtown Disney to get back to our hotel.



And this was the crowd that was waiting for us.



See.....the World Cup was on this night. And we were walking Downtown straight into it. They had the cup playing on one of the big screens outside. And when Spain won....everyone went nuts!

They were yelling "ESPANA! ESPANA! ESPANA!!!!" It was awesome. We actually all ended up getting separated because everyone was so crazy. No biggie, obviously we all made it back together in the end.

Up Next: Walt Disney Studios and head back to Belgium.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:22 AM   #326
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Your pictures are beautiful! The restaurant looks wonderful. I am a fan of foie gras, but it has to be in small doses, it is so rich. Love the dessert cheese plate your mom got Does she remember what they were?
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:45 AM   #327
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Yummmmm that meal looks awesome! I love the long, leisurely meals in Europe. I am a very slow eater and I like to take my time and enjoy anyway, so to be around others who are the same way is nice! (especially since my family are all scarf-your-food-ers!)
How fun to be caught up in that crowd too, that would be exciting!
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:24 PM   #328
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Your pictures are beautiful! The restaurant looks wonderful. I am a fan of foie gras, but it has to be in small doses, it is so rich. Love the dessert cheese plate your mom got Does she remember what they were?
The restaurant was incredible, I would highly recommend it to anyone who visited. I agree, foie gras definitely has to be in small doses, it's very very rich.

I don't recall what the cheese plate consisted of, I forgot to write it down and she doesn't recall. I don't know if they even listed the cheeses included.

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Yummmmm that meal looks awesome! I love the long, leisurely meals in Europe. I am a very slow eater and I like to take my time and enjoy anyway, so to be around others who are the same way is nice! (especially since my family are all scarf-your-food-ers!)
How fun to be caught up in that crowd too, that would be exciting!
I love long, leisurely meals too, even though I can be a food scarfer at times as well.

The crowd was awesome! It was so much fun to see them so excited, but then again we know that Europeans love their soccer....well football.
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Old 05-18-2013, 02:35 AM   #329
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I missed an update! I didn't read past the DLR TR update!

Beautiful resort!

What a lovely meal! I'm not huge on foie gras myself. Too rich for me. I tiny bit is good though!

Even though I'm good at math, thinking about having to convert monies gives me anxiety. I'm too much of a budget freak!

Can't wait to hear more-more silly dad pics please!
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