Friday, June 30, 2006

America, How I Love Thee


For the past few days, I have been giving France the double finger. I know flying the bird isn't classy, but I have been having so many problems with paperwork, housing, my work permit, and the people in general that I am pretty sure I can be forgiven. To top it all off, I burned my hand with boiling water because a FRENCH teapot broke while I was pouring tea.

However, all my bitterness ended on Wednesday with an impromptu trip to EuroDisney. I have never, ever been to any Disney park so this was especially cool for me. I felt like a little kid. I think I actually jumped up and down and clapped my hands a few times. I had to refrain from going into full park mode because I really wanted to buy the Mickey Mouse ears or a 8 euro hotdog.

Walt Disney Studios is there too, so I got to see some "movie magic." There is a trolley that takes you through the back lots and you can see how certain affects are created. This would have been more entertaining if there weren't about 7 kids who cried and screamed the entire ride. I don't think that stuff would have scared me at that age, but who knows.

Disneyland Park has the daily parade at 4 and I wanted to see it. I loved it. Most of the adults around me enjoyed it too because they got a short break from standing in line and buying candy for their young ones. I took lots of pictures-Beauty and the Beast is my all time favorite!

The best part about all of it is that it is America. Everything is in English and for a little while I didn't feel like I was in a country which obviously despises me. I liked the park so much I bought a year pass. I think I am going back every week.

7 comments:

Expat Traveler said...

well it's cool you loved it that much! I guess you can practice some good photography there too! :) I've never been but my friend in 2001 mentioned that she thought it was out in nowhere...

Can you talk about going there? Does it feel like it's out in BFN? Lots of people?

Angela in Europe said...

Expat-Tons of people but mostly Europeans. It is WAY OUT in the boonies. It is on the opposite end of Paris in Zone 5. I took me about an hour and a half to get there. From central Paris, I would say the trip would be between 45 min and an hour.

Pardon My French said...

Too fun...I think you should definitely buy the mouse ears next time, though, and shell out the extra money to have them personalized. Maybe I should get a pair myself and wear them next time I'm in line at the prefecture -- I could pretend I'm really waiting for a ride on Magic Mountain. Nah, not even on my best days could I pull off that kind of mind magic. Sometimes you just need a little piece of home and it sounds like you found it (and for a lot cheaper than a plane ticket home, too).

Vanessa said...

Are you really coming home for Christmas?

Lotus Reads said...

What a fun thing to do, Angela, I'm jealous! I definitely like the idea of going back there often! I've never been to any of the Disney places but I do want to go - guess the easiest one for us to get to is the one in Florida. I am dying to see the Epcott (sp?) Centre. The parade looks terrific, do you have more pictures?

Angela in Europe said...

Pardon-I probably will buy the ears next time!

Vanessa-Yes, I think I will come home for Christmas.

Lotus-I have a TON of pictures! Want to see more???

Lotus Reads said...

I would LOVE to (see more pictures) Angela!!!