Yes, we made it to Disney Land Paris. I won’t lie, I thought we would skip this one after doing so much Disney when we were staying in Tampa, but as we planned my family’s last visit to Germany for Little Lue’s recital among other things we figured, what the heck, let’s do it. It’s only a few hours away!
So off we went! Here we are at a pit stop in a yellow field
We picked the Explorers Hotel because it was part of the Disney bus system. We didn’t really know what to expect, but I must say it was super nice and fun for the girls! I would definitely recommend it for those with littles in toe, it was super nice to have an indoor park next to a bar and totally decent pizza. But fair warning, the included breakfast was lame. So it gets 4 out of 5 stars from me!
Because we left at 6am, it was only noon when we got to the hotel… so off to the bus!
I think Disney Paris is pretty. Not sure how to explain it, maybe it’s because it’s less about the attractions and more focused on the experience, but I found the park to be really well made visually. It was also SO EMPTY compared to the Orlando parks, we barely made any lines. It was SUPER nice and enjoyable.
Don’t miss the dragon underneath the castle! My 4yo thought it was a REAL dragon, it’s that cool.
Don’t miss the Ratatouillie ride, it really is neat.
Alice’s Maze thing is awesome.
Space Mountain is a REAL roller coaster. OMG I am SO SORRY DAD for getting you on that thing. WHOOPS!
Face paint and rain!
But a little rain never stopped us!
Had lunch at Remy’s 😀 The restaurant was fun, but my 4yo had a few strong words for the chef, who was clearly NOT Remy based on the Ratatouillie they serve her! Little Lue could give Hugo a run for his money in the food critique business haha.
Watched the parade!
And followed it out the park!
Last day in Paris… so where else would be go?!
Found some cool lady street art, a lovers tree, and just a quick walk through the streets before driving home. Leave it to us to visit France and spend a total of 3 hours in Paris, HA!
Back home we had but one last thing to do… My parents wanted to celebrate the Tiny One’s 2nd Birth Day! It’s not for another few days, but obviously, that made no difference. <3
We were visiting the Netherlands this weekend and I figured it was a good time to share some photos from the travels!
The husband was participating in the Amstel Gold Ride on Saturday so we arrived on Friday afternoon. The Netherlands is officially one of our favorite places to visit because truly where else can you stay in a castle? Yes, that’s right, a castle. Go check it out!
Here are some images from that same visit to Utrecht during the start of the Tour de France last year. I really loved that trip! Netherlands is basically bicycle heaven, so we find it really fun! Remember my old bike? Goodness I miss her, RIP Key West Bakfiets!
So after having such a lovely experience last time, I knew this would probably be enjoyable too.
We were greeted by friendly local drug dealers, so we knew we were in the right place, HA!
After we wondered into the city, we realized our hotel was facing one of the main plazas in the city. Which was pretty neat! The place was a restaurant (score!) and then the upper floors of the building where the hotel.
They had cake here that was to die for. Seriously so good!
Friday we wandered about during the evening so that I could have some sort of an idea for the area. It was a pretty city, but I still think Utrecht was prettier. Little Lue said it looked like San Juan. Overall a nice place to hang out in.
But evidently it was way more fun at night, because there was a serious party going on both Friday and Saturday night… that we could hear… All. Night. Long.
You’ve been warned, if you’re looking for sleep, pick a different place to stay! LOL
Saturday, husband was off riding and I went shopping with the girls. Insane, I know. I did get some cute things for us though, success!
Eventually daddy joins us… HOORAY! HE DID IT! we mostly stay close to the hotel… and had more cake…
The next morning we were in for a fun surprise! Turns out the professional Amstel Gold Race was staring in that very plaza! So our morning turned into a cycling teams parade.
We decided to sit somewhere, grab some coffee and chill while we enjoyed the scene…
But we have children… so you know how long that lasted… Even with Trek Team Cowbells…
Husband pointed out that the pros were easy to spot. Tennis shoes, and no helmets. (They we’re sighing “the board”, whatever that means.) So I tried to catch anyone riding by… and I did…
Turns out this is Fabio Felline who would go on to fall off his bike in some sort of freak accident and break his skull, all before the race even started. Ouch. Sorry Fabio! Hope you are recuperating! (You can tell it’s him by the number on the bike, here’s a better photo.)
And for all those who must have video…
After the girls made it clear that they did not in fact want to sit in the cold in a giant crowd staring at bikes and people, we decided to head back to the hotel, grab our stuff and zig zag through the streets to the parking lot where out car waited.
It was pretty fun to see the race start, even if we didn’t actually get to SEE the race start! Such is life!
It’s difficult to imagine for someone who’s lived on the “new” side of the world that the “old” side is pretty much littered with castles and Roman ruins. But that’s just the way it is in Europe, and these places make fantastic a bed and breakfast.
We stayed in Kasteel Sterkenburg in the countryside. It was only a train ride away from Utrecht, the start of the Tour de France this year. And let me just say, Utrecht was amazinggggg… but today, I’m going to share the castle, because it was just the most pampering experience of my life.
See that tower on the right? That was our bedroom… The third floor windows were where we stayed. The stairs weren’t that fun, but the gorgeous room totally made up for it.
All I could think about was what it must have been like to be living like royalty… in this very room… Did I mentioned I had been reading a lot of Historical Romance Novels lately? Yeah… I can see myself as Lady Westclift… bahahaha
I think we all liked it here.
Don’t even get me started on the bath tub. Just heavenly…
I seriously couldn’t get enough of this bedroom!Little Lue said it best and I quote “I want to stay here forever!” Me too child… me too…