Disneyland Paris in spring
February 20, 2012 67 Comments
My husband and I love to travel but before our daughter came, theme parks were off our radar screen. It is amazing how parenthood changes perspective. The places that we avoided then are the places that we seek out now. We’ve gone mainstream!
It was early spring last year when we went to Disneyland for a long weekend. Actually, going there was a last minute decision that crystallized after our little girl hinted of Mickey Mouse and Goofy. We were supposed to head south of The Netherlands for a 2-night stay in a castle close to Maastrict but cancelled that in lieu of Disneyland. We were able to find a good deal for 4d/3n stay in a 4-star hotel inclusive of the 3-day pass to Disneyland and Walt Disney Studio.
The journey to France took a bit over 5 hours including the short rest room break that we took for Francesca mid-way. Spring is already very much on its way as we drove south. From Belgium to France, the sights of trees and shrubs exploding in pink, white and yellow blooms are simply enthralling.
We spent the first day of our French sojourn just relaxing a bit considering that Siefko did all the driving. He actually enjoyed driving through the French motorway (peage) because the speed limit at 130 kilometers is just great for those who love a bit of speed and hate the traffic jams that’s so common to small countries like Holland.
The hotel turned out to be nicely situated in the middle of a sprawling golf course. We simply loved the greens as European hotels are normally cramped and located in busy areas while this one turned out to be quite secluded.
We had a very pleasant stay at the Radisson Blu and will definitely chose it again next time that we go to Disneyland.
In entering Disney, Francesca was immediately impressed by the princess outfits that many girls were wearing. Those dresses became an obsession that we ended up getting a princess gown for her too. That would be the only stuff that she would wear in the coming days.
My castle obsession did not go away altogether. From Disneyland, we also made a side trip to the stately Chateau de Fontainebleau which was a mere half hour’s drive. (This beautiful chateau will be a subject of my next post).