On our way out Tom got a first-hand view of a girl getting arrested for pick pocketing while he was waiting in line. We saw more than one pick pocketing arrest, so I give it to the French police for at least trying to contain the problem (our hyper-vigilance paid off and we didn’t lose anything the whole trip except for a book left on an airplane). In the afternoon we headed to the Arc de Triomphe. We had to climb quite a few stairs to get to the top but the view was beautiful from up there. The sculptures and reliefs on the Arch itself were interesting too, but I’ll admit I just wanted to sit on the bench for a while at that point.
After checking that out we headed down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées (click the video to listen to the song that was playing in my head the whole time):
That night we ate dinner at the hotel, but in the more upscale restaurant portion. The food was AMAZING, but at that point of the trip I realized I was coming down with a cold so I was probably not the most gracious diner. It was fun to watch the slideshow of the photo booth at the hotel which they played on a screen near our table. So every room in the hotel can use their iMac TV as a camera and so there are lots of crazy pictures with people wearing masks (they leave a couple in your room) and also some risqué business.
As Tom and I are both a bit of Disney enthusiasts we had fun comparing the park to Disneyland and Disneyworld. Some parts were way better: Sleeping Beauty’s castle, the waterfall outside of Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain 2, and Crash’s Coaster. The overall park was a bit smaller and the Indiana Jones ride which is one of my favorites in Disneyland was really just a small rollercoaster there.
|this is how we do Disneyland Paris-like hoodrats|
I couldn’t get over how fun it was to see rides where you know all the sayings being done in French. I taped quite a few on my phone and only got told “no pictures” once ;). I posted the videos on FaceBook (they're long), click below:
The Intro to the Haunted Mansion
Star Tours in French