Disney, Hot Dogs & Fireworks ~ Paris

Travel

As the ‘final family holiday’ before my parents lose me to University, we thought we’d spontaneously book a trip to Disneyland Paris whilst we were in Turkey. I’ve been to Disneyland Paris twice before in my life, once in 2006 when i was 8 years old, and again in 2013 when I was 15. I will warn you- I didn’t take my camera with me so all photos in this post were taken on my iPhone 5s.

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Last time I went to Disneyland Paris, I don’t really remember what food we ate- besides Toad Hall since we went there mostly every night. After watching Ellie Steadmen’s Disney vlogs, I realised that I had to get a Casey’s hot dog on the first day as I’d never had one before. This was honestly THE NICEST THING IVE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE- hot dog with melted cheese and crispy onions…corrr

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After arriving in the evening, we woke up early the next morning and managed to catch the Frozen parade and I fangirled a lot like a 6 year old. As much as I love Frozen, hearing ‘Let it Go’ repeatedly for a week reaaally got on my nerves, especially since they played it in like 10 different languages. Anna is my favourite Disney character, besides Pocahontas, so I literally had tears in my eyes (like the sad teenager I am) when she spoke to me.

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Like the previous time that we went to Paris, we spent a day in Val D’Europe which is a shopping village like Bichester Village or Freeport Braintree. After myself and my mum shopped for dad in Georgio Armani, I ventured into Sephora with the intention of buying the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade but it turns out that they didn’t stock it :(. I ended up buying an Urban Decay Revolution lipstick in the shade Naked which is STUNNING and as the prices were in euros, it worked out cheaper after the conversion! I also went into MAC and tried out my french linguistics and bought a 266 brush and Fluidline Brow Gel Creme to sort out my brows.

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After shopping for hours, we found ourselves in the supermarket in the village and I bumped into a lifesize model of Chris Hemsworth! It was then that I realised how small I was…or how tall Chris Hemsworth is…

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In the evening, we decided to visit Pizza Del Arte for tea where I put my A in french to good use by ordering our meals. I had my favourite meal – Pasta Carbonara – and admittedly, it was the best Carbonara I’ve ever had!

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For years, we kept saying that we’d have to spend an evening watching Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show as we hear so many good things about it so we decided to bite the bullet this year and go on our last night. I can’t put into words how enthusiastic everyone gets and the audience participation is incredible! Everyone gets allocated into seating zones which correspond to four colours- blue, green, red, and we were yellow- these colours are also on a ribbon which gets tied around your cowboy hat which are free to take home (dad insisted on wearing all four of ours throughout the evening)! The food was AMAZING- chilli, ribs, chicken, sausages, apple pie- you get served each course while the show is going on and the waitresses interact with you so much during the evening. We luckily had an English waitress who brought us extra ribs since she had some left over- I was a big fan of her! Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience but I think it’s the sort of thing you’d only do once- my mum and brother weren’t that into it but me and dad were banging our cutlery on the tables and cheering so loud just to wind them up.

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To end off a brilliant week, we stood waiting in the rain for hours to get a good spot to see the fireworks- but boy was it worth it. The fireworks were the same ones which were there in 2013 but nonetheless they were amazing! The idea is that they coordinate the fireworks and music with light projections onto the castle- my favourite was the Hunchback of Notre Dame as the projections made it look like he was climbing the castle…and I cried my eyes out since I love the song from that film!

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Disneyland Paris is amazing for anyone who wants to go and never gets boring. Unfortunately, I can’t see myself going for another few years because of University but I really want to visit with my friends in the future.

Hannah

Childhood Travels

Travel

2006 (3)

Since I’ve been posting recently about my holiday to Tunisia, I thought it would be interesting to see my journey through the countries through my childhood. It all started when my family bought a tent and we took our first camping holiday to France in 2006 when I was 8. We went to Disneyland Paris where I was completely head over heels in love with the atmosphere. I can vividly remember the thrilling sensation of walking through the park and being completely overwhelmed with happiness and the sense of total freedom.

2008

I’m not 100% sure on what happened in 2007 as there are no pictures of the holiday saved anywhere! But I am 100% sure that we went to France as we went every year until 2010. However, at the age of 10 in 2008 I went to France again and we went to a park called Futurascope where there were a lot of simulators and everything was themed futuristically. I can’t remember much of this holiday but I was clearly a fan of co-ords!

2010 (3)

In 2009, aged 11 and also the year I started high school, we ventured out to France once again. Once again I can’t fully remember much about this holiday but we did go to Parc Asterix in Paris where it was very busy! I remember that we spent a whole day in and around this river which was running past a Chateaux (can’t remember what town though!). We weren’t allowed to drive down to this part of the river so we had to trek down the slopes in flip flops!

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2011 saw our first holiday out of France! We toured into Holland and Belgium for 2 weeks. In the picture above, you can see me, my brother and mum in Amsterdam which was flocked with hundreds of bikes. We didn’t spend too long in Amsterdam, which made me quite sad, as we quickly ran into the Red Light District where it got very dangerous for us so we had to flee!

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The second week of the holiday was spent in Belgium where we had a massive lake on-site which was heavenly. Again, we ventured into Brussels yet the same thing happened and we found the Red Light District very quickly and our Sat-Nav broke! It took us 3 hours to escape central Brussels and find a McDonalds! I hardly saw any of Holland and Belgium and would love to go back.

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2012 saw my first travel away from my parents. I went on a trip to Spain with my school (I am centre in the shorts) where we stayed in Santillana Del Mar for a week. We visited Bilbao and the Guggenheim Museum (where the picture above was taken), climbed the Picos de Europa Mountains and the Dune de Pyla in France on the journey down. It was truly the best week of my life and I wish I could relive it all again -sobs-. I made so many amazing friends on the trip and had such a great experience travelling alone.

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As a family in 2012, we of course found our way back to France! I haven’t mentioned this, but most years we go on holiday with 2 other families (as pictured) as the caravan crew -snores-. Nearly every year that we go to France, we visit Mont St Michel which is a large monastery built ontop of a town settlement above sea level. It’s become a tradition if we ever visit this region of France! I think this was the fifth time we’ve visited and we’ve become regulars!

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I’ll give you two guesses on where we went in 2013…France?…You guessed it! Aged 15 we sailed the channel again and stayed in the town of Granville for a week and Paris for the other. Whilst in Granville, I dragged mum and dad to Maison Dior which is the beautiful house pictured above. It is the house where Christian Dior (the fashion designer) grew up and began to design pieces. Inside, it is a museum where hundreds of his works are showcased in glass cases where members of the public are free to walk among its treasures. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take pictures inside but trust me, it was all beautiful!

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2013 also saw our giddy return to Disneyland to rekindle our love from 2006. Mum and dad thought this would be my last holiday with the family- well weren’t they wrong! No matter how old you are, you’ll always act like a child in Disneyland, it’s inevitable!

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So now we find ourselves here in 2014 on my last holiday to Tunisia where we finally broke out of the caravan and flew abroad. I actually have a post about my travels in Tunisia here so if you want to find out more I’ll let you wander on over there!

For a 16 year old, I actually think I’ve been quite lucky to see as many beautiful places as I have done. As the app ‘been’ has told me, I have visited 3% of the world therefore I have another 97% to go out and discover!

Val D’Europe

Things I've done

Agh! I loved coming here so much! Sorry, getting too excited already….calm hannah…..ok. Hi! So while I was at Paris for the week, we decided to take a trip down to Val D’Europe. It is a maaaassive shopping centre that is more like a town than a set of shops (hence the name ‘Village of Europe’). My favourite part was a street filled with designer shops, I was in heaven! I actually went in a Versace shop and touched the clothes, oh my.

The whole street looked stunning and something straight out of the High End in LA or Central London. I literally dragged my parents into every shop! So upsetting that I couldn’t buy anything:( Sad times.

The inside part of Val D’Europe was more promising as there were ordinary shops in there. As the centre was in France, there were other shops in there that aren’t in the UK so I loved it! I went a bit crazy in KIKO with the nail polish, and bought a gorgeous bag from Zara (we have a Zara in Norwich but I never buy anything in there!) which I’ll upload an outfit with later. There was another shop called ‘Berksha’ which I loved! It was kind of like Topshop, Primark and H&M all blended together, it was beyond perfect! They also had a Sephora! I’ve never been in a Sephora before as we don’t have them in the UK, but it felt so much more posh than Boots or Superdrug, it was more like a House of Fraser type place. So tempted by the OPI’s though!

Hannah x

Maison Dior

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Hello everyone! So while I was in France for 2 weeks, I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Christian Dior’s childhood house. While I was staying in Granville, Maison Dior opened its doors during the annual festival to the public. For only 4 euros (equivalent of about £3.50), I had a wander around the inside of this beautiful house. Each room had been transformed into a museum of mannequins each wearing clothes from the Dior collections over the years. Unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to take photos inside the house but I took plenty around the house and its gardens.

Here’s little old me standing in the rose garden infront of the pillar dedicated to Christian Dior (this isn’t his grave by the way! I thought so too! haha). He designed this part of the garden himself while he was staying in the house during the World War. The blouse I’m wearing is from primark (OOTD here), topshop skirt and primark bag. The mysterious white bag is what I purchased from the museum (holiday haul coming soon).
The entrance to the house was beautiful! The massive board outside featuring Natalie Portman made me so excited! I bought a poster from the gift shop with the same design on as this board, it is proudly hanging beside my bed. The photo below is the view from behind the house, which is also so so so stunning!! As soon as you exit the museum you are encapsulated by the scenery overlooking the sea at Granville. The sea was so blue/green and so much better than the english sea! Even though there was a graveyard underneath the garden, I think it added a Grecian feel to the scenery and it’s not spooky at all! I would love to live here so much! It’s one of the best places I’ve ever visited. Lucky Dior!
Hannah x

Disneyland Paris!

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Here’s me, looking all spotty, standing infront of the Disney castle (sorry about camera quality…these photos are from my iphone, my normal camera is a Fujifilm s9280). I haven’t been to Disneyland since I was 8 so I was so go damn excited to go back.

Excuse the oily face (again), but Stitch is my favourite Disney character and there was a massive one in the shop (€60 -cry-). Sorry in advance for the amount of pictures in this post…
We stayed at night to watch the Disney Dreams fireworks. Everyone thought they started at 10:00, although they didn’t start till 11:00. So we stood, among thousands in the pouring rain, waiting for the show to start but we gave up and walked away. The next night we returned and watched the full show…it was amazing! I felt like such a 6 year old, it couldn’t be faulted (bit disappointed it didn’t have a little mermaid bit:/).
I’ll update this post next week with more pictures from my camera or even upload a completely new post:)
Hannah x

I’m in France!

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Hey everyone! Sorry for the lack of posts over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been in France for the past week and I’m still here this week. The pictures above are from last week when I went to Granville, the sea was beautiful! I went to Christian Dior’s childhood house on wednesday, I will make a post on my day when I get home, and it was one of the best days of my life!! I’m in Paris at the moment and I’m going to Disneyland tomorrow! Dead excited hah! So sad that I can’t be at home writing regular reviews but hey-ho I’ll be home soon!
Hannah x