Euro (Paris) Holiday – With A Tiny Tot {part 2/parte deux}

From the tiny bit of the planet that I’ve visited, Paris is undoubtedly my favourite city. It’s cosmopolitan, beautiful, and rich in history. There’s the Arc de Triomph, the Louvre, and the Champs-Elysee. Best of all though, is the fact that it’s an awesome holiday destination for a family with little ones. There’s a lot to keep them busy and happy – boat trips, parks, and the many carousels all over the city. Zee loved the carousels, and could sniff them out anywhere.. Lol.

If you missed part 1 about our first overseas family holiday, you can catch up here.

Carousel crazy :)
Carousel crazy πŸ™‚

Nothing, of course, comes close to Disneyland!! The moment we decided on Paris for our holiday, I began checking for Disneyland ticket prices, park times, even accommodation at the park (that bit was way out of our budget). I was super excited that we were taking our little rascal to the happiest place in the world!

The first day we got there, it was already after 1pm, so we decided to buy our 3 day park tickets, and spend the rest of the day checking out Disney Village. Disney Village is where you shop β€˜til you drop, for everything Disney. There are also restaurants, and even some live entertainment.

Mini Shopaholic at the huge World Of Disney store
Mini Shopaholic at the huge World Of Disney store
How cool is this shop??
How cool is this shop??

The other 3 days, we got there earlier, so we could have enough time in both parks. It was awesome!!! There’s something magical about the place, you can’t help but smile. A lot. πŸ˜€

There are quite a few rides for toddlers, which was perfect for Zee (and mommy πŸ˜› … I’m not brave enough for the adrenaline-rush scary rides).

We love Mike! :)
We love Mike! πŸ™‚
Aladdin's Flying Carpet - Zee's first ride at Disneyland
Aladdin’s Flying Carpet – Zee’s first ride at Disneyland
DumboThe Flying Elephant
DumboThe Flying Elephant
Another carousel! :)
Another carousel! πŸ™‚
Mad Hatter's Tea Party - definitely 1 of her faves, we had to do that twice :)
Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – definitely 1 of her faves, we had to do that twice πŸ™‚

Two things Zee enjoyed the most, and couldn’t stop talking about, were the parades and meeting the Disney princesses. The parades were fantastic, and you could see that all the parents were just as (if not more) delighted as their kids, to see all the Disney characters go by, waving and blowing kisses.

We stood in line for about 40 minutes so Zee could meet Belle (Beauty and the Beast), and on the last day there, we stood in line well over an hour inside the Princess Pavilion, where she got to meet Aurora (Sleeping Beauty).

The nice thing is that the princesses take a good few minutes to chat to each child, take photos, and of course give them super special princess hugs and kisses. The smile on Zee’s face when Belle said “goodbye Zee, see you again” was priceless.

Telling her new bff Belle that she's 3 :)
Telling her new bff, Belle, that she’s 3 πŸ™‚
Some love from Aurora :)
Some love from Aurora πŸ™‚

I’ll add pics of the parades in my next post, as I think they deserve their own post (also, there are loads of them). Hope you’ve enjoyed sharing in our holiday thus far. πŸ™‚



Euro Holiday – With A Tiny Tot {part 1}

Travel - Paris is always a good idea

In December 2012/January 2013, we spent two weeks in Paris, and a week in Hanover. It was our first overseas holiday with Zee, and we were quietly terrified about how such a trip would go with a toddler.

My first fear – the eleven hour flight – quickly disappeared when Zee fell asleep less than an hour into the flight. She proceeded to sleep for eight glorious hours. Hubby was unconscious for most of the flight as well πŸ˜›

It was a little uncomfortable for me – this was self-inflicted though… you see I wanted Zee to lie down and sleep nicely on both her seat and mine, so I ended up right at the edge of my seat, squished against the window. I’d do it all over again though, as I’d take a blissfully asleep munchkin over a tired, restless, crying one any day! I didn’t get much sleep, but I did catch up on a bunch of movies (score!). πŸ˜€

Booking a night flight was definitely a great idea. After that amazing sleep, Zee was happy and fresh when we landed at Charles De Gaulle airport. We were at the hotel in a few minutes, and the friendly, helpful staff got our room ready for an early morning check in, which was great. We were able to shower, and rest for a bit, then start our sightseeing bright and early. πŸ™‚

We stayed at Suite Novotel Paris Roissy CDG. It’s quite a distance out of the city centre, but the free shuttle to the airport, where you can take the train to wherever, sorts out that problem. The room was really spacious, and the beds (one double and one single) were comfy. I wouldn’t mind staying there again. Hint hint hubby… please feel free to book another holiday to Paris, I won’t complain. *Giggle… Snort*

Travel - Zee and Bubbles
Zee and Bubbles, ready for take off πŸ™‚
Travel - flight films
Mommy’s in-flight entertainment
Travel - hotel check in
At the hotel, waiting to check in
Travel - at the hotel
Chill session, before hitting the town πŸ™‚

That’s all for now. Hubby and Zee have been tucked in nice and warm, fast asleep for a while now (notice a pattern?), and I’m sitting here with frozen toes – it’s just wrong. ‘Til next time. Goodnight.




The Never-Ending Toy Story



When I watched all three Toy Story movies with Zee, I never imagined they were actually based on real life events. You see, my child’s toys really do come to life when I’m not looking. How do I know this? Well, the other day I picked up a bunch of toys from the lounge and took them to Zee’s room. She was distracted by something, which is the only way I’m able to do that without the usual “no mommyyyyy, I NEED those!”

Anyway, off I went to the kitchen, and when I walked back into the lounge, I couldn’t believe my eyes! I’d only been a few minutes, and just like that, the aforementioned toys were back! There was no way my tiny angel could’ve brought all of them back there so quickly. And there was no one else at home.

And that’s when it hit me… The Toy Story phenomenon is real! These toys have been walking around, partying up a storm, and getting up to all kinds of mischief whenever I’m not there. They probably just freeze and drop wherever they are the second they hear my voice, which is why I find them lying all over the place. Zee’s Jessie doll is always involved in the mayhem, so I’m guessing she’s the leader of the pack. The grin kinda’ gave her away too.

I’ve now resigned myself to the fact that my home will never be mine again. I can tidy up all I like… but when you have a bunch of play-addicted toys running wild, what’s a mom to do? So from now on, when visitors arrive, I won’t feel bad and apologize for the state my home is in. It’s out of my control, there really is no way to keep it looking decent. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.