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Happiest Place on Earth

by on July 9, 2012

From David:

Nothing like treating the kids to Disneyland to buy some happiness.  It worked.

But first, a little story about getting there.

We needed tickets for the train.  They say the way Americans can get along in France  is to be polite, show them respect by trying your best to speak their language, and say “please” a lot.  So I gave it my best shot. At the ticket window, I said to Henri:  “Bonjour, monsieur, s’il vous plait, je voudrais huit billets du zone cinq, duex pour un enfant e six pour adult”.  Roughly, that was intended to mean, “Good morning, sir, if you please, I would like eight tickets to zone 5, two for a child and six for adults”.

Henri proceeded to give me a heap load of bitching out in English.  I was asking for it all wrong, what was it I really wanted, did I want round trip or one way, how old were the kids, etc. etc.

Ten minutes later, after having a really good attitude, we left the ticket window with:  eight tickets to zone 5, two for a child and six for adults.

I get my revenge on you, Henri:  you’re in our blog now for the world to know.  Vous avez le cervau d’un sandwich au fromage.

That over, Disneyland it was.  We had a delightful time.

For those regular followers of these foolish scribblings, you’ll recognize a lot of the same things we saw in London:

A castle:

… with a drawbridge, moat and portcullis (look it up)

… and a maze made out of trees

with a statue when you found your way to the middle

and also a water maze

and we saw the Queen

and a Princess wearing the Crown Jewels

and an elephant

and even the Lion King

We even had a nice  familiar lunch at the Rainforest Cafe!

Somehow it all wasn’t quite the same as the real thing, but the kids enjoyed it.

We’re off tomorrow for a 2-day side trip to the big sights in Normandy…. offline until Thursday morning.

Au revoir.

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5 Comments
  1. Lucy permalink

    Is Alex faking being grumpy in the pic with the statue? what was happening there…. Why did you ever even need to leave the country? Disney, Rainforest Cafe…It’s like you never left 🙂 Probably a nice return to semi-normalcy for the kids

  2. Aunt Ginny permalink

    Fun photos and good to see bribery even works across continents. I vote for Renee and Anna to take over writing for 2 days until we agree to pay David and Alex more. On the home front you’ll be happy to know that the other Kate and Tom Cruise had a quickie divorce settlement…oh the Scientologists must be hoping for the press to die down! Khloe Kardashian had a baby girl and Obama still wants to tax us more. Where’s Donna, Hannah, Ben and Eric?…are they camera shy?Keep smiling Anna…you’re looking taller too. On to the shores of Normandy…

  3. Aunt Ginny permalink

    Your French insult: “you have the brain of a cheese sandwich” would not cut it where I come from!!!

  4. Uncle Phil permalink

    And we are all grateful to Aunt Ginny for not articulating the French insult she has in mind, and for this remaining a “family-friendly” blog!

  5. Bobby youstra permalink

    Wow! that’s great!

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