A Little Disney Magic…

Here it is! The post you’ve all been waiting for, the third and final day our adventure in Paris, the day where we went, to, DISNEY!!!

YAAAAAAAAaaaaaAAAAAAaaaaAAAAAaaaaaAAAAAY!!!

Ahem. Sorry ’bout that.

So the day started like this, we got up at around 7, packed everything into the car, turned in the keys to the apartment we were renting for the past three days, and drove over to Disney Paris. Everyone was giddy with excitement as we entered the gate and parking area.

SQUEEEEE!!!

SQUEEEEE!!!

After buying tickets, we entered Disney Mainstreet. Inside, we were exposed to a holy homage of  vintage visions!

Woaw!

Woaw!

I took photos of every one of these as I could!

I took photos of every one of these as I could!

Then there was this.

WHOAOOOOZA!!! (:^O

WHOAOOOOZA!!! :^D

I had to really saturate the picture just so you could see what the castle tone was like, but the sky was actually this blue!

:^)

:^)

Also, in case you were wondering, that’s not the castle from Cinderella, it’s the one from Sleeping Beauty!

See?

See?

After taking a boatload of pictures, we made a bee-line to Tomorrow Land, and went in line for the Buzz Lightyear ride.

I only took photos of the line of the ride because I was too busy shooting lasers at everything!

Buzz Lightyear himself!

Buzz Lightyear himself!

Rarrrr!

Rarrrr!

Then we stumbled into the Star Wars area. My inner (and outer) geek was squealing in excitement.

Argh!!!

:^D

:^D

We went into line for Star Tours, and found this waiting for us inside.

Extremely bad and blurry photo of C-3PO. :^(

Extremely bad and blurry photo of C-3PO. :^(

A friendly argument between two driods.

A friendly argument between two driods.

   I was so excited, I forgot to take any photos of inside the ride! Side Note: My parents mentioned that this was the very first Star Tours ride, and the only version of it in the park, which explains why we didn’t go onto it twenty times!

    After the ride, we went into line for space mountain. To tell you guys the truth, I’m not that big of an extreme roller coaster fan, especially  if it make you go upside down or just drops you. But my dad said either Space Mountain, or Tower of Terror.

It was a pretty easy choice, just the thought of that ride makes my stomach clench, *shudder*

It was a pretty obvious choice, just the thought of that ride makes me sick to my stomach! *shudder*

I have to admit, Space Mountain wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, and  it was a pretty good roller coaster. I might have even enjoyed it a little bit. But I still don’t want to ride it again.

When we finished Space Mountain, we began to wander around Tomorrow Land. I was a little disappointed when I found out they didn’t have the Wheel of Progress, but the steampunk-iness made up for it!

I really like the glare from the sun in this photo.

I really like the glare from the sun in this photo.

This was a ride, but we didn't go onto it.

This was a ride, but we didn’t go on it.

In Space Mountain, you get "shot" out from a gun Barrel. This is the gun you get shot out of! (PS. I think it's inspired by one of Charles' Dickens novels)

In Space Mountain, you get “shot” out from a gun barrel. This is the gun you get shot out of! (PS. I think it’s inspired by one of Jules Vern novels)

To our delight (me and my parents mostly) there was an empty line for entering The Nautilus, from 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (another one of Jules Vern books!) Obviously we went in, but unfortunately the setting was very dark, so all of the pictures I took didn’t look as good as they do in real life. If you ever go to Tomorrow Land in Disney Paris, be sure to check it out!

The backside.

The backside.

The frontside.

The frontside.

Inside.

The inside.

This Giant Squid was really fun!

This Giant Squid was really fun!

Once we came out, it was around lunchtime. So we went back to Disney Mainstreet to find some lunch. We eventually found a vintage themed hotdog place. Good place for hotdog lovers, but not so much for the no-meat lovers.

Lettuce, carrots, cucumber, beans, tomatoes, rice (I think) and ranch.

Assorted lettuce, carrots, cucumber, beans, tomatoes, and ranch.

   After lunch we walked over to Frontier Land, going strait over to Thunder Mountain. However, the line to ride it was well over 40 minutes and we didn’t want to stand in line for that long, so we decided to explore some of the other attractions while we waited for our Fast Pass time.

We explored a bit, then found the Haunted Mansion (bamp bamp BWAAAA!!! Thunder cracking in the distance.)

Just imagine the thunder cracking above the house.

   It was So. Much. Fun! I was (and still am) really upset that it was too dark to take any pictures because everything inside was AWESOME!!! In fact, it might be even BETTER then the Haunted Mansions back in America! They still  the Singing Heads, (which is my favorite part), stretching room, and a much more interesting story! Since, again, no pictures, I’m gonna have to explain it in words and pictures I find off the internet.

If you’ve ever been inside the Haunted Mansion, you might remember the ghost bride.

I saw some very creepy pictures of her as I looked for one online. 0.0

In America, she was just a side character, but here, she’s the whole center of it! You see her everywhere, getting more and more skeletal-like as the ride progresses, and there’s a sad, almost crying woman singing in the background.

 

She looked like this at the end of the ride.

She looked  like this at the end of the ride.

Again, very upset that I had to resort to pictures from the internet, but this teaches us all a very valuable lesson, GO TO THE RIDE IF YOU WANT TO SEE HOW AWESOME IT IS!!!

On the way out I got a couple pics from the graveyard.

This was near the exit of the ride and close to Thunder Mountain. Very nice poem.

This was near the exit of the ride and close to Thunder Mountain. Very nice poem.

We stumbled across this as we continued our exploration.

My siblings really wanted to play this, so we all ended up taking turns shooting at the targets.

We were hunting for Pirates of the Caribbean.  But it was CLOSED!!!  The horror!!!
After that, we took a little break near a lake to come up with a plan for the rest of the day. As we did, we saw Petter Pan and Wendy on the other side of the lake!

Right there!

Right there! ->

With a new plan, we walked back over to Thunder Mountain to get in line, but then, disaster struck! The ride broke down and was closed! NOOOOOOoooooOOOOOOoooOOOOooOOooOOooooOOOOO!!! <:^C

Disappointed, we said goodbye to Frontier Land and walked into Adventure Land.

To our delight, there was a whole Arabian themed section of the park (from the movie Aladdin no doubt)! We were all very thrilled and began to explore.

Fancy chandelier!

Soon we found this.

Ohhh, a mysterious dark and spooky tunnel!

Ohhh, a mysterious dark and spooky tunnel!

This was inside the dark and spooky tunnel. I think it says welcome...

This was inside the dark and spooky tunnel. 

Turns out, it was a walk-through-the-story attraction. Gigantic glass windows held moving scenes from the movie.

Blurry photo

"Who dares disturbs my slumber?!"

“Who dares disturbs my slumber?!”

Dat face! Also, notice evil Jafar in the lower left-side corner.

Dat face! :^D Also, notice evil Jafar in the lower left-side corner.

WOAH! (The snake was HUGE!)

WOAH! (The snake was HUGE!)

So was this guy!

So was this guy!

A view from Genie's angle

A view from Genie’s angle

Goodbye!

Goodbye!

We soon left the world of Aladdin, and found ourselves inside of Arindel!!!

It wasn’t supper fancy though, mostly just Frozen themed tapestries and decorated trash cans.

There was also a very Irish music playing in the background. My family started to chant over and over for me to dance my way out of Arindel, and that they wouldn’t move until I did! Mortified, I began to easy reel (one of the Irish dances I practice) myself out of there as quickly as possible!

After that episode, we made our way over to the castle. At this point, I realized that this was the one from Sleeping Beauty, which I pointed out to everyone.

Come on, the trees are a dead gov away!

Come on, the trees are a dead give away!

Up closer, we saw a sign that led into the castle dungeon. Eagerly we went in. But not before taking a photo of this.

Mwahaha!

Mwahaha!

Once inside we saw a

DRAGON!!!

ROOOOAAAARRRRR!!!

ROOOOAAAARRRRR!!!

It was a fully functional, moving, roaring, smoke puffing, green dragon! I didn’t care how bad the lighting was, I just started snapping as many pictures as I could. COOLEST. THING. EEEEEVVVVVVEEEEEERRRRRRR!!!

EEEEHHH!!!

EEEEHHH!!!

He’s puffing out smoke!!! (It was actually steam, but still!!!)

*Growl*”

ROOOOAAAARRRRR!!!

ROOOOAAAARRRRR!!!

Snorrr...

Snorrr…

Coolest, thing, EVER!!!

Too soon, we said goodbye to the dragon, and went up into the castle itself. It was much more interesting then the Cinderella castle, in my opinion.

We saw this guy on the "stone" pillars in the entrance.

We saw this guy on the “stone” pillars in the entrance.

Evil face.

Evil face.

Inside the castle, there were gift shops, stained windows of scenes from the movie, and other ways of displaying certain scenes. I’m going to start in the gift shop. inside, there were two staff members working on making pieces of art.

A glass cutter at work.

A glass cutter at work.

FLAMETHROWER!!!

WOWZA!!!

WOWZA!!!

We then climbed up to the second level of the castle, where all of the story scenes are displayed.

The spinning wheel actually spin.

The spinning wheel actually spins!

Can't, move!

Can’t, move!

Rargh!

Rargh!

This is a tapestry people. A freaken TAPESTRY!!!

This is a tapestry people. 

*Mwa!*

*Mwa!*( You can also see a house in his shoulder!)

I do declare!

And then we walked out onto the outside of the castle.

I spotted one of my favorite old-time Disney characters!

This owl looks like the one from The Sword In the Stone!

It’s Archimedes! :^D

That guy.

‘Dat guy.

Once we finished exploring the castle, we went over to Fantasy Land, where we went in line for the Snow White ride! It was definitely one of the more longer lines we had to be in, so to keep ourselves occupied, we played rock-paper-sissors.

Welcome to the ride!

Welcome to the ride!

SQUIRRELS!!!

SQUIRRELS!!!

A knife through the heart!

“A knife through the heart! You’re just too much!” (Song reference)

In this ride, I was too distracted to remember that I had a camera, so no pictures. :^l But I can tell you it was fun, even though at the end, the evil witch didn’t try to crush you with a boulder. (I heard that this is what happened at the end of the ride, but since it was too scary for younger kids, they removed it. Oh well.)

We soon marched over to the Mad Hatter Teapot ride!

As we were in line, I found the Mad Hatter himself in the distance.

How come I keep finding Disney characters, only when they're too far away!?!

How come I keep finding Disney characters, only when they’re too far away!?!

Come on! Just one close up shot with a smile?

Oh come on! Just one close up shot with a smile? GRARGH!!! 

Once we got inside, me, and my entire family of five, crammed into a single teapot! Even though it hurt, we had a blast! Shouting like hooligans as we went in circles over and over and over again.

After our heads stopped spinning, we skipped over to the carousel and hopped onto a pony (Not everyone on the same pony, in case you were wondering). All the horses had really cool designs, but I didn’t have enough time to take pictures once we got on and I didn’t want to accidentally get a close shot on a stranger’s kid.

Then we went into the Wonderland Maze. This wasn’t my favorite attraction to be honest, and the castle at the end was way overcrowded! 

Who are you? (Doctor Who!!! :^D)

Who are you? (Doctor Who!!! :^D)

Da castel

Da castel

Once we finally found our way out, we took a small break, sat down, and had some ice-cream.  My sister got a tropical pop, and my brother and I got these gigantic ice-creams!

You peel off the wrapper, and at least four inches of ice-cream is above the cone!

After polishing off our ice-cream, we got in line for the Dumbo ride. Biggest. Line. EVER! But the pictures were well worth the wait.

Look at 'dat view!

Look at ‘dat view!

It was around diner time when we finished the ride. So we went to an all-you-can-eat-buffet before the line got too long. I took a couple cool pictures before we went in.

Look at that bronze!!!

Look at that bronze!!!

Another view of the castle.

Another view of the castle.

Even though it was thirty minutes before the crowds at restaurants were really big, the line in the buffet took forever to go through! But it was well worth it.

First course, buttered noodles, a helpful of coleslaw, bitter olives (bad kind of bitter), cucumbers, a baby radish, and my favorite part, scalloped potatoes!

First course, buttered noodles, a helpful of coleslaw, olives, cucumbers, a baby radish, french fries, and la peace to resistance, scalloped potatoes (it was like a bite of heaven in your mouth)!

For dessert, a lemon meringue pie, a cheesecake dusted with coconut (a little too much), a mini donut, and a cream pastry.

For dessert, a lemon meringue pie, a cheesecake dusted with coconut (a little too much), a mini donut, and a cream pastry cake (I’m still trying to figure out what it was).

Once we stuffed our guts to the brim, we went outside just in time to hear the speaker announce that there was a parade starting in a few minutes. So we sped up to where it was starting and waited. Five minutes later, Frozen music began to play, and six staff members (wearing matching uniforms) stepped out and began to do some arm motions. Then a carriage came out, pulling Anna and Elsa.

Helo.

They’re looking at us!!! :^)

And behind them was… Not much else. Two staff members were holding up a banner, and a small group of people were following them behind, that’s it. At first we were a little disappointed, then realized, almost everyone was watching the parade. Meaning, most of the lines were a lot smaller. As quickly as we could, we hurried over to the Pinoccio ride, which earlier in the day, was too long of a line to go into. We were on the ride in less then ten minutes.

Unlike in Snow White, I managed to get a few photos. But it was almost as dark as the Haunted Mansion so most of them weren’t very good.

"I had strings, but now I'm free" (Everytime

“I had strings, but now I’m free” (The whole time I was thinking of Ultron :^D)

ROARGH!!!

ROARGH!!!

After the ride, we went over to Frontier Land one last time to see if Thunder Mountain was fixed yet…

And it was!!!

Sure, the line was still a 30-40 minute wait, but at this point, we didn’t care! It was our favorite ride (even my little sister’s) and it was amazing. My brother kept on shouting, “I’m alive!”, my dad screamed with joy in his “Goofy yelp” (you know, whenever Goofy goes YAHOHOHOHOIIII!!!”, we all had a wonderful time. The one thing I didn’t like about it, was the loud screech whenever we paused, but that’s it! Man, we were all laughing so hard when we got off!

We were now officially satisfied with our Disney Paris experience. But wait, there’s more! On the speaker there was an announcement that there was a laser show (in Europe they do laser shows instead of  big fireworks) about to commence in about twenty minutes. But we quickly went through the Arabia section of Adventure Land before we went to the show, the lights there, were amazing!

Oooooooohhhh...

Oooooooohhhh…

It reminds me of lace!

It reminds me of lace!

Then we hurried over to the castle, where the show was beginning. My battery died in the middle of it though, so there’s no pictures of the fireworks (they set off a few), lasers, or movie scenes, but I did manage to get a couple decent pics.

Oooohhh.

Oooohhh.

Ahhhhhh.

Ahhhhhh.

Sparkles!

Sparkles!

Then we went back to the parking lot. Bad move. After the laser show, everyone was leaving. EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON. It took forever just to leave the park! Even though I enjoyed the laser show, I don’t think it’s worth the chaos that’s gonna follow if you stay until the end.

So, we said goodbye to Disney Paris, piled into the car, and drove back home.

I’ve gotta say, this was indeed the highlight of our trip to Paris and we are definitely coming here again! Maybe around Halloween! I hope the Haunted Mansion will be double-decked out when we do! I hope you had fun sharing our adventures! Stay tooned in for more coming in real soon!

Green Tip

Whenever you see litter, stop for a moment, find a trash can (or recycling bin) and toss it in! Trust me, it’ll do more harm in the wild then in the landfill!

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We Have Returned!!! (To France)

This post is looooong overdue, but I’ve been extremely busy lazy and haven’t gotten around to posting this, but here it is at last, our trip to…

Wait for it…

(ratatatatatatat)

DISNEY PARIS!!!

YAAAAAAYYYYYYY!!!

YAAAAAAYYYYYYY!!!

Oh, and the Palace of Versailles.

Ever since my parents told us the news, we have been preparing for the trip; discussing where we’d be staying, packing suitcases, packing a snack bag, and most importantly, packing a camera (my mom brought a camera, since I still don’t have one, I brought my phone).

Day 1 The Drive and a Stroll Through Disney Village

On September 8th, we crammed everything into the car and began the four hour drive (I was so enwrapped in my video game that I only managed to take two pictures!).

Once we got to the apartment we were renting and unpacked, it was only six o’clock. So, after a little rest, we hopped back into the car and drove over to Disney Village.

I’ve gotta say, it was very… quiet…

The parking lot upfront was mostly empty, somewhat creepy “magical” music played inside the parking garage, and only a few people were walking around! Kind of like a, post-apocoliptic Disney, but then, school was starting back up so…

When we went into the actual Disney Village, we saw more people. It was definitely a crowd, but as my parents said, not a true, Disney crowd (but I’m not complaining!).

We walked around a couple stores for a little bit, and found a Lego store! (Swooning from excited giddiness)

*Squeeee!!!*

*Squeeee!!!*

Cute!!!

So cute!!!

There was also a GIGANTIC Lego mural of Prince Fillip fighting Malfeasant, unfortunately I didn’t manage to catch a photo before we went out. <:^(

We found this hovering above a small lake on our way to dinner. All I have to say is (.  .)O

Wowza!

Wowza!

Then, we walked over to the Rainforest Cafe for our first bite of Disney Paris chow. Inside, there was a little bit of a line to get in, but the animatronics and fish tank made the wait go by swiftly (at least for my little sister it did!)

We were seated right next to a realistic-ish elephant that occasionally blinked.

I'm gonna call him, Leroy!

I’m gonna call him, Leroy!

Every 10-15 minutes, Leroy (along with all the other animatronics) would begin to stomp around, make animal noises while thunder echoed inside the restaurant. We found this very funny, but a couple of little kids found it unnerving.

For my dinner, I ordered a veggie-burger (I’m a vegetarian) that came looking like this.

Tofu burger toped with avocado and sprouts along with a pickle, some coleslaw, and a side of fries.

Tofu burger toped with avocado and sprouts along with a pickle, some coleslaw, and a side of fries.

I’ve gotta say, it was the very best tofu-burger I’ve ever tasted! Although I’ve eaten very few tofu-burgers in my life time…

Then, (to our surprise) we found out that the kids meals had a free desert, so I ended up sharing some chocolate mousse with my little sister.

The little candies are kind of like skittles, only softer and has a more sutler taste.

The little candies are kind of like M&M’s.

After dinner, we walked around the gift shops looking for sweaters for my brother and I. We forgot to pack ours in the suitcase! (oops!) My brother got himself a Darth Vader sweater, while I got a Jack Skeleton sweater.

Once we finished splurging, we hopped into the car and drove back to our temporary home.  We went to bed as soon as we put our pjs on, and a good thing too! Because tomorrow was Versailles…

Day 2 Viva Versailles!

After a quick breakfast of oatmeal, we drove to village of Versailles, to visit the palace of Versailles! (man, that sure sounds weird!) Parking was, surprisingly more convenient then we thought it would be, upfront parking!

Soon, we found ourselves standing in the second longest line we’ve ever been in! Second only to Saint Petter’s Basilica!

Outside the palace grounds...

Outside the palace grounds…

Inside the palace grounds!

Inside the palace grounds!

That's all covered in gold!

That’s all covered in gold!

Then we went inside the palace… Not gonna lie, it was kind of disappointing.

Imagine hundreds of people crammed into about 15 rooms, shoulder to shoulder, pushing and shoving in an endless stream of people, shoving you along and only giving you a couple seconds to take any pictures, that’s the inside  :^/ But despite the crowd, I did manage to take a couple decent pictures.

That's actually painted to look like marble!

That’s actually painted to look like marble!

This's real marble.

This’s real marble. See the difference?

This painting reminded me of the haunted Mansion because it was only this guy's head!

This painting reminded me of the haunted Mansion because it was only this guy’s head!

A scenic view of the gardens bellow.

There was little bits of gold embedded into the marble.

Argh! My nose itches!!!

There were little bits of gold embedded into the marble.

There were little bits of gold embedded into the marble.

Sparkly!

MRPH! MRRRRPH!

We paused in our tour of the palace to grab some lunch. We grabbed some sandwiches from a cafe, and found a place to park and chow down. Another reason why the palace was a bit of a disappointment, there  were barely any vegetarian friendly sandwiches! And the only one they did have, tasted kind of gross.

Yum. :^I

Yum. :^I

Then we walked around the rest of the palace,

"This way to the bathroom!"

“This way to the bathroom!”

and soon found ourselves outside. We were pretty surprised (and super excited) to see that there were some pretty cool modern art hanging around to great us.

Coooool...

Coooool…

And we found this few waiting down after a flight of stairs.

Ohhhh, what's down there?!

Ohhhh, what’s down there?!

We walked down and went over to get a better view. To our surprise (and dismay) we saw this.

VANDALISM!!!

VANDALISM!!!

<:^(

<:^o

A tour-guid was standing nearby, explaining what happened to a group of tourists. He explained that this piece of artwork is on loan to Versailles, and it was recently vandalized. None of us read French, but the tour-guide said that it anti-Semitic.

<:^(

<:^(

This kind of thing makes me very sad. Vandalizing something that someone spent time and effort into making, just to express a very violent, hateful, and racist opinion meant to hurt people just because they’re different. In school I’m learning that a lot of war, pain, and suffering is caused just because people are different, for what they believe in and because of what they look like. It’s very sad to see that, even after hundreds, even thousands of years, people still feel this way towards other people just because they different…

On a happier note,

That's the greek god Apollo, the sun god. He's rising up out of the waters to begin his cycle of the sun.

That’s the greek god Apollo, the sun god. He’s rising up out of the waters to begin his cycle of the sun.

We walked around the fountain, and found something truly jaw-dropping.

WIRLPOOOOOOOLLLLLLL!!! (:^O

WIRLPOOOOOOOLLLLLLL!!! :^D

Another piece of modern art that shook the earth. Literally! You could feel the ground vibrating it was so powerful! Since it’s so stinking dangerous, (if you fell in, you’d be crushed under the pressure and drown!) there was a metal fence lining the permitter, and two guards keeping tabs on it. We stood there for five minutes, drooling over it’s swirling void of death awesomeness! I definitely consider this the highlight of our experience at Versailles.

Into the abyss!!!

Into the eternal abyss!!!

Finally, we said goodbye to the whirlpool, and began our 2-3 hour walk around the gigantic man-made canal that stood before us. History Note: The rich French aristocrats would sometimes play out battles on the canal. With mini battleships re-enacting battles for their amusement. Talk about fancy theatricality!

We took a little break over here.


That's Versi all the way down there!

That’s Versailles all the way down there!

It took about 2-3 hours to circle the entire lake! When we did, we went into the other palace next-door to Versailles. So back when King Louie lived in Versailles, there was a second palace, kind of like a family home where he and his family could be a family, without all the hustle and bustle of a royal household. This place was much better then Versailles, a lot less people were inside, and all of the furniture and artwork was intact. But my phone was almost dead, so I didn’t manage to take as many pictures as I wanted to. :^|

I swear, all of these beds look so tiny!

I swear, all of these beds look so tiny!

Chandelier!!!

Chandelier!!!

A half-woman, half-lion, half... snake?

A half-woman, half-lion, half… snake?

This was probably the coolest picture I took!

This was probably the coolest picture I took!

After this, we walked over to a little little park area and bought some ice-cream. After all, no trip would be complete without it!

Vanilla. Very good quality I might add.

Vanilla. Very good quality I might add.

After this, everyone was pretty tired, and we decided to go back to the apartment and rest. Everyone was too exceeded to get any sleep, because the next day was Disney Paris!!!

Ok, I’m going to stop right here and save the Disney for another day. Why? Because I took so many photos, it would make this post way too long! But don’t worry, it’ll be worth the wait! ;^J

Green Tip

Have any worn out boots that you don’t wear anymore? Fill it with soil, plant a couple seeds, and BOOM! You’ve got yourself a nifty flower pot! This’ll work for any other types of shoes, you’re just gonna have to line the inside of it with plastic so the shoe itself won’t get all muddy.

That's a little oak tree in there. :^)

That’s a little baby tree in there. :^)

Viva la FRANCE!

   Bonjour, guten tag, hello! I love traveling, and we do a lot of it. Recently we came back from a two day power trip to Paris, France. We went to The Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and a ton of other cool places around the city. Let the picture reel commence!!!

Day 1: The Drive

After a late breakfast of cinnamon rolls and an hour of packing, we began the five hour drive to Paris.

Weee!

Weee!

We had Mc Donald’s for dinner, (A real french delicacy! NOT) then went to bed.

Day 2: The Louvre

In the morning, we had a quick breakfast, then walked over to the metro. We bought tickets, and rode the underground train to The Louvre.

Meow.

Meow.

The line to get inside was ginormous! Thankfully we already bought tickets to go inside so we avoided a thirty minute wait. ;^)

BIG STATUE. little statue.

little statue                                                                                                                                                                  BIG STATUE.

Hermes, the god of thieves, travelers, messages, and also the inventor of the lyre.

Hermes, the god of thieves, travelers, messages, and also the inventor of the lyre.

Release the Kracken!!!

Release the Kracken!!!

Monkey, meet dog. Dog meet monkey.

Monkey, meet dog. Dog meet monkey. Everyone freaks out. So funny!

Leonardo truly is a genius.

Leonardo truly is a genius.

On the far right, there's Jon of Arch.

An artist at work.

An artist at work. :^)

Atermes, goddess of the hunt.

Atermes, goddess of the hunt.

I'm guessing those are the three charities? (keep it pg guys)

I’m guessing those are the three graces? (keep it PG ladies!)

A pot!

An urn!

After drooling over the artwork for four hours, we bought sandwiches and some macaroons for lunch. Pistachio is my favorite flavor. ;^c]

Mmmm...

Mmmm…

Then we marched over to the Museum d’Orsay, where we saw more artwork.

LLAMAS!!!

LLAMAS!!!

One of my favorites.

One of my favorites.

Shout out to all Doctor Who fans! ;^)

Shout out to all Doctor Who fans! ;^)

We've been there! (Remember this?)

I’ve been to that beach!

I really liked how this photo turned out.

I really liked how this photo turned out.

Afterwards, we went back to the hotel, and crashed for the night.

Day 3: Ze Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dom!

After a huge breakfast at the hotel, we walked to the metro and rode over to Notre Dom! The line to go in, was GIGANTIC! but quick.

Can you guess what building this is?

Noteredom!

   After getting lunch, we walked through the little shops that hung around the streets. There was some pretty cool stuff inside them, (mostly hats and shirts) and I almost bought a fancy scarf I found. Almost.

We then took the metro and walked over to the Eiffel Tower, and I took a lot of photos of it along the way.

Once we got there, we decided that the line to go up the tower was way too long, so we hung out underneath the tower, and got ice-cream.

Mmm.

Mmm.

We spent thirty more minutes wandering around, then hopped back onto the metro. We spent some time pillaging a bakery and grocery store before herding back to the hotel. While we were there, we got some macrons to eat with dinner. Let me tell you, they were HUGE!

It's almost as big as my hand! :^O

It’s almost as big as my hand! :^O

We had dinner, (we ate our macaroons first, then the sandwiches) watched some telly, took baths, then went to bed.

Day 4: Back Home

We got more groceries for the car ride, said goodbye to France (sadness) and drove back home. When we got home and finished unpacking, we vegged in front of the TV (AFV gets better by the season!) then went to bed.

I loved Paris, and I promise you, we will return! And once we run out of macaroons, (which will take a while since we bought a ton) I’ll share a recipe for how to make your own.

Green Tip

Before you leave for a big trip, unplug everything. Electronics that need a plug, even when turned off, still suck up energy. If you unplug them, you’ll be saving energy, and money.

There and Back Again, A Traveler’s Tale Pt. 2

Ciao! (hello in italian) Almost a week ago, we began our journey through Italy (by car) and saw the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Roman Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, Pompeii, and Saint Peter’s Square. Today, I will share the rest of the journey.

Day 6 Oh Romeo, Wherefore art though Romeo?

After a yummy lunch at the house, we drove to Verona and explored the city. Our first big stop was at the Arena.

Even today the ancient building is still used for entertainment. Minus the gladiators and lions. :^P

Zoom!

Zoom!

After exploring the arena for a while, we left and explored the streets of Verona. We made a quick stop for gelato before visiting the “house” of Juliet.

Flavor: Lemon. Tasted a lot like slightly sour lemonade.

Flavor: Lemon. Tasted a lot like slightly sour lemonade.

That's a lot of sharpie!

That’s a loooot of sharpie!

Me giving Shaksheper bunny-ears. :^J

Me giving Shakespeare bunny-ears. :^J

Fireplace.

And as we walked to the car, we got a second cone of gellato!

Almond. The best gelloto I've EVER had!

Almond. The best gelloto I’ve EVER had!

Day 7 Checkmate

In the morning, we drove over to Marostica. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because my mom posted pictures of it on her blog (<- Be sure to click the link) when she went shopping for pottery. I was really excited because I am a big chess fan. :^D

Rook to b5.

Okay… Kinda creepy.

Rook takes Bishop.

Rook takes Bishop.

Jerk-face.

SLYTHERIN!

SLYTHERIN!

An origami dragon. Now I've seen everything.

An origami dragon. 

Then we drove over to Bassano del Grappa.

Unleash the tourists!!!

Unleash the shoppers!!!

After lunch, we visited the Poli Grappa museum.

That's a lot of adult grape juice.

That’s a lot of adult grape juice.

Everyone thought this was fun.

You press a button, then smell the fumes.

You press a button, then smell the fumes.

Flavor: Pistachio. Actually tasted like pistachios!

Flavor: Pistachio. Actually tasted like pistachios!

We then drove back to the house, and chilled for the rest of the day.

Day 8 Venice!!!

This was the place I was most excited about visiting, partly because I really wanted to see what it was like to ride a gondola. We drove to the train station, and rode to the city.

We drove over that!

We drove over that!

Once in Venice, we took a water-taxi. I was extremely scared that I would drop my phone into the water!

This reminded

This reminded me of Rainbow Road in South Carolina. Another reason why I liked Venice so much.

Boat!

Gondolas!!!

And they’re off!!!

First one to the gets gellato!

WEEEE!!!

Once we got off, we went to a fancy restaurant for lunch.

It tasted great. Though the sauce was WAY to salty for my taste.

It would have tasted great, but the sauce was WAY to salty.

We then walked over to Saint Marco’s Square.

Those horses up there are replicas of the real thing.

Those horses up there are replicas of the real thing.

That's also another tile.

That’s  another tile mural.

Then we had gellato while we wandered around the shops.

Flavor: Vanilla and chocolate swirl. The cone tasted like foam.

PHINOX!!!

We then rode a gondola to the water-taxis. It was a little wobbly, but fun!

We then drove back to the house.

Day 9 R&R Day

We spent all day at the house, resting and packing up our stuff for the drive home.

Day 10 Home at Last!

Driving.

Lunch.

Driving.

Driving.

DRIVING…

You get the picture.

Souvenirs 

Aha! What’s a giant trip without souvenirs?

In Verona, our mom bought us these little Pinocchio toys.

He's sitting next to some of my beads.

He’s sitting next to some of my beads.

And in Venice, I got this glass necklace.

My mom says that it reminds her of seaweed.

My mom says that it reminds her of seaweed.

   So that was our trip in Italy! I really hope you enjoyed the photos of the amazing experience we had, and hopefully, maybe you can do it too!  (without the Trevi Fountain under repair :>( ). Thumbs up if you want to see more blog posts like this! Ciao! (goodbye)

Green Tip

When driving, don’t throw your trash out the window! I know, obvious, but some people still do it.

There and Back Again, A Traveler’s Tale (See what I did there?) Pt. 1

HELLO EVERYONE!!!

  How was spring break? I know, I know, it was three weeks ago, just keep your corsets on! I’ll explain in a minute! Drumroll please… (rat-a-tat-a-tat-a-tat-a!)

 For the past two weeks, my family and I have been lounging in (pausing for dramatic effect) ITALY!!! (WAHOOOOOOOO!)

Since the trip was ten days long, I’m going to start out with the first five days. Then on part two I’ll reveal the rest of the journey!

Day One The Fourteen Hour Drive

   Just like in The Hobbit our adventure started at home. Early in the morning, my parents woke me and my siblings up early (around 3 a.m. >Yawn!<) and stuffed us into our car. Along with our suit cases, cooler full of food, pillows, and audio books, we began the long drive.

Driving.

Driving.

Driivviinngg…

Snore…

When four hours latter, we were in Switzerland!

This was when we were in Switzerland.

House.

We made a quick pit-stop, and discovered the weirdest toilets ever (I was too scared to use it).

The weirdest toilet I've ever seen.

It’s intimidating alright?

   We passed through some breathtaking mountains.

WOAHHH...

WOAHHH…

How many goblins do you think live up there? (another smuggled reference to The Hobbit)

How many goblins do you think live up there? (another smuggled reference to The Hobbit)

Finally after a few more hours, we were in Italy. But we still had a couple more until we came to our stop.

We spent the first three nights here.

Finally in Italy.

We spent the first three nights down here.

We spent the first three nights down here.

      By the time we got there, it was night. We settled in and were asleep instantly.

Day Two Exploring the Town

In the morning, we slept in and hung around the house for half of the day.

This was close to the house we rented.

This was close to the house we rented.

  When we eventually got dressed and went outside, we discovered that there was a motorcycle race going on.

When we arrived, there was a motorcycle race going on.

 

   We spent that afternoon walking around, and dodging motorcycles!

 

 We then had our first gelato. Our parents decreed that we’d have a scoop of gelato a day for as long as we were in Italy.

Flavor: Cherry and vanilla, with chocolate and vanilla. Topped with whipped-cream. It was kind-of ice-y.

Flavor: Cherry and vanilla, with chocolate and vanilla. Topped with whipped-cream. It was kind-of ice-y.

Day Three Pompeii

In the morning we drove all the way to visit Pompeii. (This song kept on playing itself over and over again inside of my head.)

Vesuvius!

Vesuvius!

   Before we ventured inside the ancient ruins though, we stopped for lunch.

Three types of cheeses with cream. It erupted when I ate some!

Three types of cheeses with cream. It erupted when I ate some!

   After a delicious meal, minus the octopus my dad tried (and failed) to make me eat, we bought tickets to go inside. Let the pictures commence!

Texting...

Texting…^

Let’s go this way!

Shadow self-i!

Shadow selfie!

PIGONS!!!

PIGONS!!!

Did you know the Romans used three main types of columns? There’s Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian.

This one’s a Doric Column.

This one's a Corinthian

This one’s a Corinthian

  I couldn’t find any Ionics though. (Put pouty-face image here) ):^T

That's someone's body.

That’s a cast of someone’s body.

These were probably used to store wine.

These were probably used to store wine. The Greeks and Romans had a god of wine, and also a goddess of closet hinges. (I’m not making that up)

I don't read ancient roman, but I'm pretty sure this means "BEWARE DOG".

I don’t read Latin, but I’m pretty sure this means “BEWARE, DOG”.

You can see his or her teeth.>Shudder<

You can see his/or/her teeth .>Shudder<

In the mid dal, you can see someone hold up a bearded guy's severed head.

In the middle, you can see someone hold up a bearded guy’s severed head.

I just had to take a photo of this because I found it hilarious for some reason.

I just had to take a photo of this because I found it hilarious.

We then marched over to the colosseum.

After leaving Pompeii, we grabbed some gelato, then drove back to the house for dinner.

Flavor:

Flavor: Tiramisu (coffe and cake)

Day Four When in Rome…

We woke up and drove over to Rome. Even though it wasn’t tourist season yet, there were still a TON of people.

Toot! Toot!

Toot! Toot!

After wandering around a bit, we stopped at a restaurant to have lunch.

Potato nequi and pears in cheese sauce. The pares tasted excellent.

Gnocchi and pears in cheese sauce. The pears tasted excellent.

Then we walked to Saint Petter’s Basilica.

The line for the church was extremely long. Scary long.

The line for the church was extremely long. Scary long. But moved pretty quickly.

We were eventually able to enter the church (after fifteen minutes in line). Before we went in, I was already wide-eyed by how much detail that went into it.

That's one BIIIG door.

That’s one BIIIG door.

Wooaahh…

This is a mosaic, by the way.

This is a mosaic, by the way.

After a quick stop at the gift shop (my mom collects magnets) we hopped on a bus to visit the Roman Colosseum. The big, famous one.

And of course, it's under some repair.

My dad’s shoulder.                                              ->

After buying tickets, we entered.

That maze down there, was the basement before the wooden floor rotted away.

That maze down there, was the basement before the wooden floor rotted away.

Another Corinthian pillar.

Another Corinthian pillar.

What happened to this guy's head!?

What happened to this guy’s head!?

Those are seeds my friends.

Those are seeds my friends. Seeds.

And my brother complains about me giving him bunny-ears...

And my brother complains about me giving him bunny-ears…

We then left and hopped onto the metro. We got our gelato and walked over to the Trevi Fountain, when disaster struck.

Flavor: Strawberry Cheesecake. Didn't really taste any cheese...

Flavor: Strawberry Cheesecake. Didn’t really taste any cheesecake…

WHAAAT!?

WHAAAT!?

NOOOOO...

NOOOOO…

It was under repair, and we weren’t allowed to toss in our coins. :^( Oh well. At least we saw it.

Day Five The Leaning Tower of Pizza Pisa

We spent the day driving to our next destination. We made a stop here in the middle of the car-ride.

Personally, I liked the church more that the tower.

Although it still looked pretty cool.

Although it still looked pretty cool.

Four hours latter, we had dinner at the next house.

Day 5 The Curse of the Dead Camera

Today we visited Lago di Garda and it was amazing! Unfortunately, my phone/camera was dead when we got there (I swear I didn’t waste the battery on Angry Birds!).

   First, we visited the castle, then walked through the shops. There was some really cool stuff people were selling (decorative birdcages, plates that look like celery, spider man toys that turned into jets…). We had lunch and while the adults enjoyed some coffee, my siblings and I sat near the lake (under supervision) and tried to convince our parents to let us feed the ducks breadcrumbs, with little success. At one point a swan swam by!

  Then we then hiked up a large hill (small mountain?) To explore some more ruins. Poppies and olive trees were everywhere. When we stopped for a snack, some ducks joined us, at a distance. My dad joked about me trying to “become one with the duck”. :^]

  After wandering around some more, we had our gelato. I had mint and chocolate chip. After devouring all of the ice-cream, I had some cone left over. Two ducks came by, (I named them Ms. and Mr. Quackers) I fed them the remainder of my cone. I think they’ll plan on stealing the gellato store’s supply…

   And that’s the first five days of our journey through Italy! I’ll soon share the rest, but for now, I’ll be fighting Azac the Defiler.

 GRARGH!!!

GRARGH!!!

Green Tip

Did you know that it takes an aluminum can 200 years to decompose (National Geographic’s). Be sure to toss your soda cans into the recycle bin!

Our trip to France

Hi guys! Yesterday we got back from our trip to France! It was a lot of fun and I got a beret (YES!!!). Whenever we go on big trips I wanted to show you the photos I took but the computer wont upload them :^[ so I’ll send you a link to my mom’s blog (because her’s is a travel blog) and tell you about some of the adventures we had.

Day 1: The car ride

At 8:45 we hoped into the car for the long 9 hour trip (yay :^[ ) .When we FINALY got to were we were staying I fell asleep in nice bed.

Day 2: The Airborne Museum

After a lovely breakfast we drove for half an hour to get to the Airborne museum in Normandy.  Here is a link in case you want to visit there website, The Museum. It’s a place where people fought an important part of World War 2, my great grandpa fought there. After the museum we visited an old church. When we were done we went to the little market to get some lunch and stuff for dinner. We accidentally bought what my mom thought was half a chicken was actually half a duck (woopsie)! When we got home to eat dinner my mom got out a bottle of apple cider but when we tried a sip it was actually hard cider (BLEGH!!!).

Day 3: Le Mont Saint Michel

The next day we got into the car and drove for an hour and a half to get to an awesome place called Le Mont Saint Michel, it beats the big castle at Disney World any day.  Here is another link in case you want to see a one thousand-year old castle/village, Le Mont Saint Michel.

Day 4:  Etretat

This is what I belive was the highlight of our trip, when we got there it started to rain and a few of the people there left. Did that stop us, to that I say, “Monkey feathers!” (in other words no). We carefully crawled through the seaweed covered rocks (if you ever tried walking on seaweed covered rocks please let me know in the comments). When we got to the cave my dad found a tunnel, you can guess what happened (we went in). When we were out of the tunnel we found a lovely view of the beach and found that there is even more of the beach so we walked the rock covered beach to the other side. When we finally decided to leave my parents found a ladder going up the huge cliff. After a long, muddy, scary climb I reached the top I saw barbed wire so I could take a hint that we weren’t supposed to climb up there unless it was an emergency (whoops)! We could have died but we didn’t WOHO!!! My mom said that we earned our ice-cream that day and it was SO good. If you would like to visit a beach completely covered in stones here’s a link but remember, NEVER climb up that ladder unless it’s a life or death matter I AM SERIOUS.

Day 5: Going home

Well, this was the end of our very lovely trip to France. We had some french pastries for breakfast then packed up and left our little cottage. Another long 10 hour trip back home (wah!) but the view was breathtaking. At home we watched some Scooby Doo episodes (manly the ones in Europe) then went to bed.

The trip was AWSOME and I hope you can have the time to visit France someday. I am very sorry that I couldn’t show you the photos I took (what is wrong with my camera?) But I hope that my mom has better luck than I do. My mom is working on her blog and it’ll probably be a while until all of the photos are edited (she took a LOT of them) so keep on checking in, The Western Wayfaer. If there is anything that you would like me to try tell, then tell me in the comments.