Thursday, October 19, 2017

🎶Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirate's Life for me!🎶

There are some pretty impressive Halloween decorations up around our neighborhood!! 🎃☠️👻




Sent from my iPhone- please ignore any inadvertent  autocorrect typos. :)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wallace and Yuki's Indoor Play Date

The air quality has been bad all week (though getting better today!) so Wallace and Yuki have been having indoor lay dates at our house.

This series of pictures cracks me up. They have so much fun together.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Smoke

The smoke from the Northern California wildfires is still so bad, even in San Francisco. The smell of smoke still lingers in the air. My  just breaks for all of the people (including some friends)  in Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Napa and now the Santa Cruz mountains for all they have lost and endured.





Saturday, October 14, 2017

Home Sweet Home

I meant to post that we were home yesterday, but wasn't able to get a photo of Olive and Wallace together until this morning.

We're all happy to be back home together. ❤️

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Au Revoir, Paris!!

Time to go home!! It was an amazing trip, but all good things must come to and end. And, I miss our dog and kitty. 🐶😺

Our flight leaves around 9:15am (Friday) and is scheduled to arrive just before Noon (also Friday) assuming all goes well. I'm hoping to get some good sleep on this flight to help adjust back to PST when we return.

Au Revoir, France! 

Á Bientôt ! 😘🇫🇷

See you on the other side.

Disneyland Paris

My parents and I had all been to the Disney Paris park before, but it had been about 23 years or so since we had been. Turns out the park is celebrating 25 years this year! We all remember some things about it that we really liked from our last visit, but it had been so long that there was a lot that seemed new to us today!!

Highlights:
Beautiful entry.
The Castle
The Dragon under the Castle
"Discoveryland" (instead of Tomorrowland) done in a great Jules Verne style
"The Curious Labyrinth" Alice in Wonderland attraction was a huge maze made of tall hedges with all the characters from the story throughout. It was my favorite attraction of the day!
The Haunted Mansion is called the Phantom Manor here, and is surprisingly different in many ways fromthe ones in the US.
The Pirates of the Carribean also had many differences
Hyperspace Mountain was both amazing and surprisingly rough! There were loops and corkscrews in it that don't exist in the US versions, and it was also faster and more abrupt. A little too rough for all of us!

Cons: by far, the worst and most expensive food and selection of any Disney Park that I've been to

We had a really great time today!! The crowds were manageable, and not nearly as crowded as the last time I went to the Disney Parks in CA and Japan. So many really nice differences in this park made our visit very much worthwhile!

I'm so glad that I was able to spend the day here with my parents. It was a fun way to end our time in France together.

Dick and I fly home tomorrow morning with my Sis and Graham, while my parents are continuing on with another river cruise to Normandy.

Walt Disney Studios in Paris!!

I spent the day with my Mom and Dad at both of the Disney Parks in Paris today!!

We started at the Walt Disney Studios, which opened about 15 years ago, and none of us had been. It is similar to the Disney Movie Studios in Orlando, and has some similar attractions to Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, but certainly had enough attractions that were new to us.

Highlights: the Ratatouille Ride and area were super cute as well as the Toy Story Land! I also went on the Tower of Terror for the very first time! I don't live rides that drop your stomach out from under you, but I know it's a favorite of many friends, and they recently closed the one in CA. I loved it!

We rode "Crush's Coaster" (based off of Finding Nemo) which is a high speed roller coaster where four people sit facing opposite directions on a turtle shell. We wanted to try it because it is the only park that we know of that has this ride. Well, I probably won't ride it again, as it was pretty rough and wild. Going up and down and all around while spinning in the dark was a bit too much for all of us. 😊

We probably spent 3.5 hours in this park in total before making our way to Disneyland, but I'm really glad we made it to both parks!!