The Happiest Place On Earth!

I had a very special guest this weekend. Ma meilleure amie Claire came to visit me for less than 48 hours. It wasn’t until she arrived that I realised this was her first time in Paris. How did I not know this before?! On the train back to chez moi, I mentally scheduled times and tourist attractions to see and do that would show-case Paris at its best. Turns out, she simply wanted to spend time with me (awwww!) and the top two items on her Paris To-Do List were the Eiffel Tower and Disneyland. So I waved ma baguette magique and made sure her wishes came true!

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Friday night, once settled in, we tucked into some cheese and wine. This was originally supposed to be a starter before our actual meal. Needless to say the fromage beat us and we happily sipped on the vino for the evening instead!

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It was then time to grant wish number one. Off into my back-garden of the 16th arrondissement we went to visit my neighbour Monsieur Eiffel! We reached the tower just as it was turning 10pm. Every hour on the hour la tour lights up and sparkles for 5minutes (see my recent video on Facebook). I see it every night and it’s still as magical as the first time I saw it! We took the lift up to the second floor, marvelled at the view, took some pictures, pointed out my apartment and then proceeded to take l’ascenseur to the top level where the view was even more magnificent. Paris is called the City of Lights for a reason. No matter what level you are on, the view of the city is breathtaking.

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Before leaving, we ended up in one of the gift shops and in true Char & Claire style purchased matching mugs 🙂 Can you guess which mug belongs to who? I seem to be building up quite the collection de tasses over here – how am I ever going to get them all home?! Anyway, that’s another item I can cross off my Paris bucket-list.
Eiffel Tower at night!  CHECK! Walking up the 704 steps during the day is my next challenge.

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The rest of the night is better left to the imagination. Let’s just say we got back to the apartment and there was une soirée taking place. Think Destiny’s Child, Dancing and Diva-Offs! We eventually got to bed about 3am even though we were up 5 hours later to go to the happiest place on earth!!

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You have never seen a couple of 24 year olds more excited to be visiting the home of Mickey Mouse before. Those of  you who know me will know how much I love everything Disney (fav movies are the Little Mermaid and Cinderella if you were wondering). I am a Disney Princess, there is no denying it. The world would be a happier place if we all burst into song and dance at regular intervals! The Disney experience began while we were queuing to buy our tickets. It was going to cost us €79 each for a day pass for both Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios. A couple of lovely French women overheard us chatting and offered us a friend pass each. They explained that they had a passport annuel that allows them to bring up to 5 friends into the park for €20 each. La chance!

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The last time I was at Disneyland, I was 9 years old. The thing I was most excited about then was Space Mountain. 15 years later and not much has changed. The only difference is, 15 years ago I was an inch too small for the best ride in the park so my darling mother went on without me!! I can still feel my little 9 year old coeur break into a million pieces when she told me to go on the rockets with my dad and sister instead 😦  So when I finally got the opportunity to go on Space Mountain, I did not leave anything to chance. I marched right up to the height restriction sign to measure myself and what do you know, I made it… just about! And so started the short jokes from Neill for the rest of the day!

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From Space Mountain to Star Tours to the Teacups, my Disney experience was perfect. Even the coffee was the happiest coffee on earth. We all know how much I love coffee, so these little cups just sent me over the edge!

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I’m already planning my next trip as there were a few things that we missed. Big Thunder Mountain was a 120minute wait so we headed to Walt Disney Studios instead – but most of the last shows had already started by the time we got there. Quel dommage! It just strengthens my excuse to visit the most magical place in the world again 🙂 I’m probably going to spend most of the day hunting down characters and asking them for their autographs too. Sadly, we didn’t encounter any character or Disney Princess at all! Cendrillon et la Petite Sirène, I’m coming for yous!

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We ended our Disney day with a slap up 3 course meal at Planet Hollywood. On a mangé trop! We ended the day at the happiest place on earth with steak, wine, dessert and 90s background music, which probably was a pleasant change for my friends as they didn’t have to listen to me singing along to ALL the Disney songs anymore!

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After bidding a sad farewell to Claire on Sunday, I headed straight to Kitty O’Shea’s for the rugby. It would have been the icing on the cake if we won, but we all know how that turned out… let’s just blame the weather conditions for their horrendous handling! Kitty’s isn’t the best Irish pub around either, although Corona is the cheapest I’ve found so far, a steal at €5.50 *sigh*!  The Coolin last week had way more atmosphere and a certain je ne sais quoi to it. Keeping with the tradition we have established in the last two weeks, the Scotland game will be viewed from a different Irish pub!

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I’m taking the Eurostar to London on Friday for my cousin’s 30th, and to see my wonderful dad, aunts, uncles and other cousins of course. I’ve never been on it before, so it should be an experience. An underwater train, j’ai hâte!! I’m there till Sunday so hopefully I get to catch up with some other very special people too. Let me know if any of my London peeps are free 🙂 Finally, big shout out to my brother Steven who is 12 today. Joyeux anniversaire! I hope you have a wonderful day and that school wasn’t too much of an inconvenience today. I can still remember being taken out of school early the day you were born. Tu me manques ❤

À bientôt,

Charlene

xoxo

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