Return To Amsterdam And On To Paris Disneyland (Page Five)
Morning: Arrives 07:00 AM Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Afternoon: Depart Holland America Cruise Line, motor coach to Schiphol Airport Amsterdam. Depart KLM Airlines (Air France), 1:50 PM, Flight #2009, arrive Charles De Gaulle, Paris 3:10 PM. Motor coach from Airport to Disney Paris. Hotel Lodging: Disney's Sequoia Lodge - Disneyland Paris:
Avenue Robert Schuman 77700 Coupvray
Did You Know? - Disneyland Paris, originally Euro Disney Resort, is an entertainment resort in Marne-la-Vallée, a new town located 32 km (20 mi) east of the centre of Paris, and is the most visited theme park in all of Europe. It is owned by The Walt Disney Company through subsidiary Euro Disney S.C.A. The resort covers 4,800 acres (19 km2) and encompasses two theme parks, many resort hotels, a shopping, dining, and entertainment complex, and a golf course, in addition to several additional recreational and entertainment venues. Disneyland Park is the original theme park of the complex, opening with the resort on 12 April 1992. A second theme park, Walt Disney Studios Park, opened in 2002. The resort is the second Disney park to open outside the United States following the opening of the Tokyo Disney Resort in 1983.
Walt Disney announced a €1 billion ($1.25 billion) bailout plan to rescue its subsidiary Disneyland Paris, the Financial Times reported. The park is burdened by its debt, which is calculated at about €1.75 billion ($2.20 billion) and roughly 15 times its gross average earnings.
Until June 2017, Disney only held a majority stake in the resort, when they bought the remaining shares. In 2017 The Walt Disney Company offered an informal takeover of Euro Disney S.C.A., buying 9% of the company from Kingdom Holding and an open offer of 2 Euro per share for the remaining stock. This brought The Walt Disney Company's total ownership to 85.7%. The Walt Disney company will also invest an additional 1.5 Billion Euro to strengthen the company.
A short 30 minute drive
May 20th - A beautiful day! On the road to Disney’s Sequoia Lodge
Another travel day so we took it easy, got some dinner and turned in early to prepare for the day’s ahead
We have arrived!
It was a large facility
Neat rustic rooms!
"Hey... is the room moving or is it me?"
Let's use a map to get out of the hotel area!
We are about to enter ... Exciting!
May 21st - Thank goodness Bob has long arms! We checked out Downtown Disney District, just did some shopping and took in the sights
May 23 - Off to Disneyland Paris & MGM Studios. Definitely Disney!
The Disneyland Hotel
We are here!
Mickey is watching you!
Here we go!
Entering the Studio
25 years already!
Look quite familiar!
It's a beautiful castle!
Did You Know? - Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain (formerly known as Space Mountain: Mission 2 and Space Mountain: De la Terre à la Lune) is an indoor/outdoor steel roller coaster in Discoveryland at Disneyland Paris. Originally themed around Jules Verne's classic 1865 novel From the Earth to the Moon, the attraction first opened on June 1, 1995, three years after the park's debut in an attempt to draw more guests to the financially-unstable European resort. Unlike other Space Mountain attractions at Disney theme parks, the installation at Disneyland Paris had a steampunk-detailed appearance with a Columbiad Cannon and a plate-and-rivet exterior under its previous theme. It was the only Space Mountain to feature inversions, a launch, a section of track that exits and re-enters the interior, and a synchronized on-Board audio track.
The original Space Mountain: De la Terre à la Lune closed in January 2005 and later reopened as Space Mountain: Mission 2 with a revamped non-Jules Verne theme and the same track layout. A refurbishment took place in 2015 to improve the special effects and overall presentation. The newest renovation to the ride implements a Star Wars theme to celebrate the resort's 25th Anniversary.
Looks like Anaheim!
You will need a map for sure!
The song will run through your mind all day, guarenteed!
Sure looks like "the real one"
"It's a Small World after all....."
It even has the Disneyland Railroad!
What could this be?
High on a hill
Michael Eisner is no Walt Disney!
Looks pretty spooky!
Walt and Mickey... A pair to draw too!
Ride the wild train!
The lighting is fantastic
Serving sophisticated and contemporary American cuisine with European influences, this is a Victorian-style tribute to the life and work of Walt Disney
Some features of Club 33 are incorporated
See the old elevator?
Time to rest.... Tomorrow is another day!
Love Main Street
..and it has flying elephants!
Watchout.... Buzz is looking a little funny
French foor at Disneyland Paris, of course!
The castle can be seen everywhere
All smiles... Having fun!
Come on in!
It's almost the happiest place on earth!
May 24th - Jumping on the Metro to go into Paris. The train system was crazy! Just follow the signs
Did You Know? - The Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.
As the central cohesive element of the Axe historique (historic axis, a sequence of monuments and grand thoroughfares on a route running from the courtyard of the Louvre to the Grande Arche de la Défense), the Arc de Triomphe was designed by Jean Chalgrin in 1806, and its iconographic program pits heroically nude French youths against bearded Germanic warriors in chain mail. It set the tone for public monuments with triumphant patriotic messages.
Inspired by the Arch of Titus in Rome, Italy, the Arc de Triomphe has an overall height of 50 metres (164 ft), width of 45 m (148 ft), and depth of 22 m (72 ft), while its large vault is 29.19 m (95.8 ft) high and 14.62 m (48.0 ft) wide. The smaller transverse vaults are 18.68 m (61.3 ft) high and 8.44 m (27.7 ft) wide. Three weeks after the Paris victory parade in 1919 (marking the end of hostilities in World War I), Charles Godefroy flew his Nieuport biplane under the arch's primary vault, with the event captured on newsreel.
Safer to walk under the streets than on the streets to get the Arc de Triumph
Paris traffic... A nightmare
Almost 100 years
Nice to see respect being paid
Quite elabiorate on the underside
A Colorised aerial photograph of the southern side (published in 1921)
Robin goes shopping as Bob faints. Robin wanted to check out the prices…before we walk to the Eifel tower. Lunch at the Hard Rock
George Washington on display
Did You Know? - George Washington never came to Paris in his lifetime, but he is here bigger than life dominating two public spaces, and his image can probably be found elsewhere throughout the city. Once (at the Place d'Iéna) he is carried on a feisty horse, and once (at the Place du Etats-Unis) he carries, together with his bon ami and protege Lafayette the banners of liberty the flags of the United States and France.
Both works are by sculptors well-known to Americans. The bronze Equestrian Statue of a very marshal George Washington is by Daniel Chester French, known for his monumental Lincoln Memorial statue, and about whose Richard Morris Hunt monument I recently wrote. The Washington statue was inaugurated July 3, 1900, the gift of a committee of American women. The text of the statue reads: "gift of the women of the United States of America in memory of the brotherly help given by France to their fathers in the fight for Independence."
At the Place d'Iéna Washington raises his sword - presumably to advance into battle. But mostly he combats of the thousands of cars that circle past every day. Fortunately, horse and rider are raised on a high base, so Washington always rises above the fray.
No No... It's really no the Leaning Tower Of Paris!
The tower stands tall
Did You Know? - The Eiffel Tower (/ˈaɪfəl/ EYE-fəl; French: tour Eiffel [tuʁ‿ɛfɛl] (About this sound listen)) is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower.
Constructed from 1887–89 as the entrance to the 1889 World's Fair, it was initially criticized by some of France's leading artists and intellectuals for its design, but it has become a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognisable structures in the world. The Eiffel Tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world; 6.91 million people ascended it in 2015.
The tower is 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building, and the tallest structure in Paris. Its base is square, measuring 125 metres (410 ft) on each side. During its construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument to become the tallest man-made structure in the world, a title it held for 41 years until the Chrysler Building in New York City was finished in 1930. Due to the addition of a broadcasting aerial at the top of the tower in 1957, it is now taller than the Chrysler Building by 5.2 metres (17 ft). Excluding transmitters, the Eiffel Tower is the second tallest structure in France after the Millau Viaduct.
The tower has three levels for visitors, with restaurants on the first and second levels. The top level's upper platform is 276 m (906 ft) above the ground – the highest observation deck accessible to the public in the European Union. Tickets can be purchased to ascend by stairs or lift to the first and second levels. The climb from ground level to the first level is over 300 steps, as is the climb from the first level to the second. Although there is a staircase to the top level, it is usually accessible only by lift
We are here!
Of course, the opera house!
Mandatory stop... Hard Rock Cafe Paris
Yes... Jus like a horse race
Did You Know? - The Paris Métro, short for Métropolitain (French: Métro de Paris), is a rapid transit system in the Paris metropolitan area. A symbol of the city, it is noted for its density within the city limits and its uniform architecture, influenced by Art Nouveau. It is mostly underground and 214 kilometres (133 mi) long. It has 303 stations, of which 62 have transfers between lines. There are 16 lines, numbered 1 to 14 with two lines, 3bis and 7bis, which are named because they started out as branches of lines 3 and 7; later they officially became separate lines; the Metro is still numbered as if these lines were absent. Lines are identified on maps by number and colour, and direction of travel is indicated by the terminus.
It is the second busiest subway system in Europe, after the Moscow Metro, and the tenth-busiest in the world. It carried 1.520 billion passengers in 2015, 4.16 million passengers a day, which amounts to 20% of the overall traffic in Paris. It is one of the densest metro systems in the world, with 245 stations within the 86.9 km2 (34 sq mi) of the city of Paris. Châtelet – Les Halles, with 5 Métro lines and three RER commuter rail lines, is the world's largest metro (subway) station. In 2016, it has been ranked as the best public transport system in the world by the ITDP with 100 percent of people in the city of Paris having an easy access to rapid transportation, ahead of 26 other international cities (including London and New York City). However, the system has generally poor handicapped-accessibility, because most stations were built well before this became a consideration.
Which way is up?
No problem... If you speak French!
We are on board and "Away We Go, Where We Stop, Nobody Knows!"
I'm so confused!
We took the subway to the other side!
Time for more shopping... Again!
Heading back to checkout and go home
But first a meal!
After a long train ride back, it was time to pack for a 6:30 bus ride to the airport.
More flight delays getting into Ontario, but we made it home safe & sound.
We had a plan: Depart Paris, American Airlines Flight# 49 @11:25 AM, arrive May 25, 2018 DFW @3:00 PM. Connect to American Flight# 2697 departing DFW @4:45 PM, arrive Ontario, CA 05:54 PM.
The plan was dashed because of equipment and weather but we made it a few hours late... Home Sweet Home!