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To begin exploring Paris, we decided to take a boat tour along River Seine that is in the heart of Paris. Seeing the romantic city of Paris by boat is on the must-do list of most visitors. The cruise allowed us to take in many of the highlights of the city from the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Musée d’Orsay, Notre Dame, among many others. During the boat trip, we were also able to see quaysides, bridges, banks and the most beautiful Avenue in Paris. This helped me to understand the layout of the city.

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On our visit to Paris,  Louvre Museum was one of the museums that I looked forward to visit. It is the world’s largest art museum,  the world’s most visited museum and a historic monument in Paris. Located on the right bank of the Seine, the Louvre  is huge and you could literally spend a whole week walking through it and not see everything.

The Louvre building was first used as a medieval fortress with the aim of protecting the French capital during the reign of Philippe Auguste (1190-1202).  It became a museum in 1793. The Louvre has since housed thousands of works of art from ancient cultures (Oriental, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman) as well as Western and Islamic civilisations. It exhibits extensive collections of sculptures, objects, paintings, drawings, and archaeological findings.

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Nausicaa National Sea Centre is a great sea life centre in Boulogne, France. It is located on the Nord-Pas-de-Calais coast, not far away from Belgium and United Kingdom. It has a vast array of aquatic life to see from all sorts of fish, sea anemones, stingrays, jelly fish, crabs, sharks, corals, turtles, sea lions, crocodiles, penguins and  quite a number of  reptiles.

The displays and exhibits are well laid out with a nice flow so that even though it is on a very busy day, the visitors can see everything. The thoughtful way how these have been laid out, really make the difference. Rather than just a procession of tanks, the layout takes the visitors on a walk through different themed habitats. I really loved how the exhibits are  numbered with markings to show the visitors which way to go. This ensured that we didn’t miss anything. Continue reading

There is so much to see and do in Paris and this led us to narrow it down and to start with the place that are well known. To enjoy everything that Paris has to offer, will take us next few visits.

No visit to New York is complete without a trip to the world’s famous landmark; the Statue of Liberty. The same applies here, no visit to Paris is complete without a visit to the world’s famous landmark; the Eiffel Tower. It was built by engineer Gustave Eiffel for the Exposition Universelle similar to the Belgium’s the Atomimum for Expo ’58.

The Eiffel Tower is a “must do” on your first visit to Paris. I never imagined the size of the Eiffel Tower. It is enormous!  It does make you stand in awe at the sheer size and craftsmanship that went into building this amazing structure. It is also breathtaking at night when every girder is highlighted in a sparkling display. Continue reading

Last but not least, this is my last post on our experiences from Disneyland Park Paris. Hope you enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed sharing with you. Disneyland Paris is located some miles away in the outcasts of Paris. Therefore, it’s away from the hustle and bustle of the ‘City of love’. It’s really close to the train station Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy, which is conveniently served by Thalys/TGV/Eurostar trains.

Our adventures at Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park catered for my childhood dream. We embarked on a truly magical adventure. Continue reading

Space Mountain

Disneyland Paris is really loved by both kids and adults, and unsurprisingly one of Europe’s top tourist attractions. It is located at Marne-la-Vallée, about 35km from Paris. Disneyland Paris has several parts: the main Disneyland Park, the adjacent Walt Disney Studios, Disney village, the hotels, shops and restaurants. On a day trip, you can only see the highlights that is why we chose  four days because we were able to see pretty much of everything and did our favourite rides more than once.

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The Sleeping Beauty Castle

The Sleeping Beauty Castle

 

After our adventures in Adventureland, our next stop was at Fantasyland. They say, “Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality but a way of understanding it.” Personally, I think that fantasy is an escapism, and that is its beauty. Fantasyland in Disneyland Paris has a theme of an European village. The theme compliments the magnificent Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty Castle). This makes the Fantasyland seem like the guests are stepping into a grand fairy tale world.

Fantasyland is a great place for persons of all ages to be fully immersed within classic Disney stories, use their imagination, and explore. In this part of Disneyland, there are quite a number of walk-throughs. This allows the visitors the opportunity to enjoy the details and experience an attraction at their own pace. This is my favorite part of Disneyland Park and the pages of my favorite Disney fairy tales came to life. Continue reading

Hakuna Matata Restaurant – The Restaurant has an African theme! I could not help it, I had to dance; the spirit of Africa!

 

Being our second day in Disneyland, we were up and ready for another adventure. We decided to start our day with an extra cup of coffee even though we had taken the breakfast. You can guess why already; the winter chills. That was a blessing in disguise! While in the search for a cafe, I heard the beats of Kenyan Isukuti dance.  We decided out of curiosity to find out where that music was coming from, and guess what? We found ourselves in Adventureland. That just kick started my day because of the Kenyan in me.  Anyway,  as they say, “No matter how long a log stays in the water, it doesn’t become a crocodile.”  Continue reading

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