Just sharing photos from one of the happiest places on Earth, Disneyland Paris!
We visited on a rainy day in March 2019 and had the best time running around in the puddles. We're actually cursed with bad weather for theme parks. This was our second Disneyland (after Disney Sea Tokyo 2017) and we always end up buying ponchos on the day and never using them again LOL
One of our favourite areas was the ratatouille section. The themed restaurants, gift shops and ride were unique to this particular Disneyland - for the French food, bien sûr! Everything was so comical and cute. The ratatouille ride was of us sitting in little tea cups, getting moved around on a 4D theatre with the story line following Remy in the kitchen. It was really immersing and thrilling.
Look at how dreamy the hotels are! One of our bucketlist items is to stay a night at a Disneyland hotel. This will be achieved when we're ballin' with no care in the world - which could be a while 🤣
It was so beautiful to see the only pink Disney castle in the world 😍
We stopped for lunch at this bistro but as expected of food from theme parks, the meal was mediocre and expensive. I got a lasagna and Mick had a chicken burger.
Another fun area of this Disneyland was the Alice in Wonderland section. There were lots of photo opportunities (like the one above) and a maze to explore.
This was the first time we saw the parade. It was so fascinating hearing everything in French. There is something romantic about the French language 💕
Mick was getting a lil tired of me taking pics of everything 😂
Silly me, I forgot to bring a fully charged spare battery. My camera died right as the end show started. This was the only night shot I was able to capture. The rest of the show was caught on my Samsung 9+ pro mode.
(I will come back to edit this post in the future when I get a chance to transfer those photos and videos. Right now I'm very lazy HAHAHAHA)
Mick's reaction to the fireworks, waterworks, light production, music and animation was "wow, this is like a rave for kids" 😂 He could not stop snapchat-ing the show and crowd. It was spectacular seeing and hearing the Disney classics in French.
Thanks for browsing through. Until the next theme park xx.
When our friends ask us what one of our highlights of our 2019 Europe trip was, we always mention this Parisian restaurant where we had the best foei gras ever! The best. With 1500+ reviews and a 4.7/5 star rating, Le Comptoir de la Gastronomie specializes in foei gras flavoured dishes. We had the luxury to pig out here on a gloomy Monday in March last year.
This dish was the duck foei gras terrine, chutney and toast for €18. The foei gras was delicious, creamy, light and not that overwhelming in the bite. The chutney had a beautifully sweet profile, enhancing the creaminess of the foei gras.
The sourdough was fresh, with that nice soft denseness. The crust was crunchy, pairing well with the foei gras.
This fat, juicy piece was the pan seared foie gras with ginger bread and mixed salad for €20. To be honest, it was slightly too fattening for us to finish this piece of stuffed duck liver because it was that overwhelming. The salad helped cut through the bite but when you're eating this much lipid fat, your lungs start to feel compress and you start breathing heavily after a bite. That's what happened to us. It was very savoury and delicious, don't get us wrong there, especially with the unique ginger bread but by the end of this dish, we were glad we got one to share.
THIS WAS THE BOMB! This foei gras ravioli with truffle sauce is just 👌🏻 For €21 you get this beautiful foei gras wrapped in the restaurants own soft pasta, served in a delectable and succulent truffle sauce. Great balance in texture and flavours! It was honestly so good, we ordered a second serving the moment we both had our first taste. Highly recommend this dish to anyone travelling to Paris in the future 🤤
We were all foei gras out by the end of this meal, and it was a good thing we were because one of us came home with a medically diagnosed fattier liver LOL. Oops. But we do not regret any culinary decision made on this trip and we would travel back in time and place to eat at this restaurant again.
Until then, happy eating and thanks for reading!
In March 2019, we visited Paris and stayed at the Novotel Paris Les Halles for 4 nights. We booked with our Qantas points through the hotel's website.
Disclosure: We want to share our hotel experiences with details and honesty since there are a lot of sponsored/fake content out there. Also, we might re-book a place and this helps us remember where we stayed LOL. Our photos were taken on our Sony RX100V and we did not use a wide angle lens.
This Novotel was located in district 1 of Paris, right next door to Châtelet–Les Halles, a major train station with both RER and metro connections. It took us 8 minutes to walk to the Louvre. We found it very convenient for dropping off our shopping or changing into another outfit for the weather change. This was the view from our window (the glass panels is the roof of the station).
Bed: It was nice, firm-soft queen sized bed, giving us plenty of good snoozes.
Cleanliness: It was very tidy. We could not find any stains but the room was fairly old, which was expected for a city like Paris.
Space: There was a lot of space for us to move around. Since we were staying for more than 3 nights, we decided to unpack our belongings into the cupboards.
Noise: Minimal, we slept well. Mick said he could hear the occasional noise from outside but it didn't bother his light-sleeping butt. We did keep the window open on some nights.
Air-conditioning: This was our only issue. It kept playing up and the temperature and stuffiness of the room kept fluctuating. Mick had to constantly get up to change the air conditioning or open/close the windows during the night. It was a little frustrating trying to warm our clothes up, after doing a load of laundry as we felt there was not much ventilation in the room.
Technology: We liked that the power points were by the bedside. Wifi was fast. TV had some interesting channels.
Bathroom: It was very spacious. The nozzle for the shower was strong and massaging on our backs. I loved the mirror light - it was great for putting on makeup.
Extras: I loved the view, even though Eiffel was not in sight, so I conducted many mini photoshoots while Mick napped LOL
Amenities: The gym had a lot of basic equipment but not enough to get a full workout. There was probably 10 machines in total. But it was open 24/7.
Another nice feature of the Les Halles location is this big igloo in the courtyard. They setted up fairy lights and a virtual fireplace, creating a really romantic and cosy garden for guests to enjoy a glass of sparking wine. If you order at the bar inside, the staff will bring your cocktail and peanuts out to you in the igloo.
Thanks for reading!