France on Video

Here’s my first video from Europe! It’s taking me a while to roll these out because
1) Photo editing is a bigger priority for me 😅
2) I don’t have the patience to edit videos
3) I simply haven’t had the time!

I’m not great at video editing, but I hope you enjoy what I was able to put together!

For more posts about France, click here.

France: Day 4

Paris, France

Our fourth & last day in France was spent at Disneyland Paris.

Hôtel Jarry Confort

We had to check into a different hotel on our fourth day in France because the original plan was to spend more time in a different country. However, because there were so many things we wanted to do, we extended our stay in Paris.

We had a quick bite to eat at the hotel & then we headed to some souvenir shops since it was our last day in Paris.

Saint-Michel – Notre Dame Metro

We got off the Metro & went up the stairs to exit right in between La Gentilhommière & Le Saint André. It took me over an hour trying to find out where this exact location 😭 Right upon exit, to the right there were already souvenir shops set up! Luckily for us, we didn’t have to walk far! So we bought some souvenirs & finally made our way to Disneyland Paris.

Disneyland Paris

We took the Metro all the way to Disneyland Paris, which is the preferred traveling method because using an Uber or taxi all the way from Paris would be costly for just the both of us.

Once we arrived around 10 AM, it didn’t take long to get in! (Unlike Anaheim Disneyland)

They have all these old school posters at the ticket booth. I really want one to decorate my wall at home. The line to purchase tickets is also shaded because it’s indoor! If only Anaheim had this (daydreams).

Once we got in, we checked out the souvenir shops.

Jeremiah & I got buttons, lanyards, & pins!

Their main street did not feel like Disneyland Anaheim’s, but I don’t think any other park will ever feel anything like the original, right?

& there she is! Belle’s Castle!

After taking photos in front of the castle, we walked around to look for something to eat.

We have done so much research regarding food at Disneyland Paris. So many visitors & Disneyland fanatics have stated that if you’re going to Disneyland Paris expecting the food to be great like Anaheim Disneyland, you will be incredibly disappointed. Going in knowing that, I wasn’t disappointed at all. Everything tasted how I expected it to taste: average.

We also didn’t dine at their top restaurants; Walt’s: An American Restaurant & Bistrot Chez Remy. They’re expensive restaurants & I was too worried about spending money on food that would most likely be disappointing.

So, Jeremiah & I settled with eating at Pizzeria Bella Notte. The line was ridiculous, which is an understatement. I actually started to second guess eating at one of the fancier, expensive restaurants. It took us forever to get our food, but since we already mapped out the day & what we wanted to check out, we didn’t mind losing time.

We went on a couple of rides & we were able to get through the ones we wanted to check out because the wait time was nothing compared to Anaheim Disneyland. If only it was a 30-40 minute wait for all the rides at Anaheim Disneyland.

We also went to La Tanière du Dragon & thought it was a ride, but it was just a thing to look at & that was it? I would absolutely suggest skipping this.

The next thing we did was ride on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. The last time I went on the Pirates of Caribbean at Anaheim Disneyland, was in 2010 & I remember not really enjoying it. I was curious if I would have a different experience here. & I have to say, I loved it! I can’t wait to go back to Anaheim Disneyland because I think I might enjoy it now.

Oh, there is me covering my face with the map because I was scared of water splashing on us. I didn’t wake up early to beat my face only to have it ruined 😂

We walked through Adventureland to check out their souvenir shops. Jeremiah really loved their Adventureland because it was decorated like Aladdin’s Agrabah.

We wanted a break from the heat, so we got ice cream & sat down to watch the parade.

It was interesting seeing the different kinds of floats they had. The parade was also in French, so that was interesting to watch too!

After the parade, Jeremiah & I made our way over to the next park called Walt Disney Studios.

Before making our way in, Jeremiah had to use the restroom, so I checked out their World of Disney store.

Look at some of their Disneyland Paris merch!

Once we finally made our way to Walt Disney Studios, it wasn’t that crowded upon entering. Completely unlike Anaheim Disneyland!

But then I could see why it was so empty. There just wasn’t much to do in the park.

We did the Studio Tram tour because we really like the one at Universal Studios Hollywood, but I wouldn’t suggest wasting your time with this one.

They had a mini Toy Story Land here, but it didn’t have much there either.

We also made our way to the Ratatouille Ride! The Disneyland Paris app said it was closed all day, but it actually wasn’t. Luckily we walked by to check, otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to experience it. Thumbs down on their app for not being more updated.

We also didn’t know that Walt Disney Studios park closed at a different time than Disneyland Paris. They actually close HOURS ahead of Disneyland Paris. Had we known that, we would’ve spent more time at Walt Disney Studios park earlier in the day. I don’t think we missed much though! We made our way back to Disneyland Paris since Walt Disney Studios was closing.

We had dinner at Videopolis which had the BB-8 souvenir cup! Jeremiah has been on the hunt for this souvenir cup for 3 years. It was selling at Anaheim Disneyland for a short period to promote Star Wars: The Force Awakens. & Disneyland Paris was selling it like it was no big deal.

After eating dinner at the Videopolis, we sat down near the castle to watch their Illuminations show.

It was beyond crowded! Somebody fainted, people were getting fussy, people were being rude, people were pushing, etc.

The Illuminations show was amazing though! I wish they had it at Anaheim Disneyland.

As a Disneyland fan, I hate to say that I’m not a fan of this park. I know it sounded like I was bashing the park in this entire post, but that’s not my intention. I’m just sharing how I experienced it as a Disneyland fan myself.
  • SMOKING: There are several “No Smoking” signs, but guests don’t seem to follow the rules, but also, the park doesn’t really enforce it. It’s probably a European thing because everywhere you go in Europe, people smoke, but I think in needs to be more enforced in the park because it is a place where there is children. I don’t find it safe to be smoking when there are plenty of kids present.
  • CROWD CONTROL: This is something that bothered me the most throughout my Europe experience. I’m not sure if it’s just the culture, but I’d like to think that safety should be everyone’s priority, especially when kids are involved. There is ABSOLUTELY NO CROWD CONTROL here in Disneyland Paris. IT. DOES. NOT. EXIST. There are no cast members with flashlights clearing paths for guests to walk through & there are no ropes to keep people in line. I don’t think I saw a single cast member near the castle guiding guests or clearing paths. A guest fainted & fell on a child because they couldn’t get through the line, people were arguing over space, etc. This is the worst crowd I’ve ever experienced in my life. YES, even that time I was front row for a Chance the Rapper show. I’m not sure why crowd control is not a priority for an amusement park. It’s unsafe for guests, especially small children.
  • FOOD: There are no novelty snacks or “must try” food at the park. Unlike Anaheim Disneyland where there are so many treats to choose from that you actually have to pick & choose what you should eat. At Disneyland Paris, there isn’t really an option
There are probably more cons to my list, but I’m sure there are other blogs & Disneyland fanatics that have probably said what I need to say. I knew going into the park that it was the worst park to experience, especially as Disneyland fan, so I wasn’t disappointed. I think I was more concerned, especially when it came to safety. I can’t imagine what it would’ve been like if I had a child with me.
I also knew that going into the park, it is the one that is the most outdated out of all the Disneyland parks. Disneyland Paris opened in 1992 & has had little improvement or renovation since then. I have heard that they are long overdue for an update & there are on-going talks of having a Star Wars Land or Marvel Land in the park. If that happens, maybe the park will be more busy & fun to experience.
My only hope is that crowd control & enforced smoking rules is something that will change in the future.
If you are ever thinking about going to Disneyland Paris, I suggest you don’t until the park is renovated. I’m sure there are plenty of things to do in France, but Disneyland Paris isn’t one of them.

France: Day 3

France: Day 3

Versailles, France

A huge chunk of our third day in France was spent at the Palace of Versailles. I have always dreamed about going to this place. It’s been on my bucket list & I was so adamant about spending the whole day here, if I had to, in order to get through the whole palace.

Thankfully we arrived SO early (before the palace even opened) that we were able to complete the tour by the afternoon. If you ever plan to go here, I advise that you arrive an hour or an hour 1/2 before the palace even opens. The line is out of the palace gates by the time it does actually open. Also, BUY. YOUR. TICKETS. AHEAD. OF. TIME. We bought ours online. There are several different tours, but we chose the general ticket + musical gardens + Marie Antoinette’s Estate (Le Petit Trianon & the Grand Trianon).

We rushed ourselves ALL the way to the Hall of Mirrors because we knew this place was going to be the most crowded.
Look at how beautiful & grand it looks! 😍
We went through the remaining rooms only to realize that a huge chunk of the tour was missing. I asked one of the employees where access was to Marie Antoinette’s bedroom & the other rooms were. We were told that they have been closed for renovation & would re-open next year. YES. I KNOW. I WAS BUMMED TOO. You mean to tell me I finally made it to Europe & I’m here at the Palace of Versailles & I can’t even see everything?! 😭 I was pretty freaking sad, but I took that as a sign that I will have to come back again in the future.
PRO TIP: They also have a Laduree inside of the Palace! If you’re already planning on going to the Palace of Versailles, get your macarons here instead of waiting in a long, crowded line at the real Laduree location. Before exiting the palace, we bought macarons at Laduree, which you can see here.

I also want to note that once you exit the palace you cannot go back in the same way you exit. You MUST wait in the long queue line again (the same line that goes out of the palace gates) if you want yo re-enter. It does not matter if you bought your tickets ahead of time either. I advise to spend as much time in the palace as possible before leaving. If you paid extra for your ticket to see Marie Antoinette’s estates, they also don’t open until 11 AM (I think that was the time). Had I known that, I would’ve spent more inside the palace as we rushed through it 😔

Since we had time to kill before the Le Petit Trianon opened, we decided to have lunch at La Flotille, which I listed on my France Eats post here.

Le Petit Trianon

The next stop was Le Petit Trianon! You can walk all the way there, but I wouldn’t suggest it. Lol. I highly recommend just renting out one of the golf carts for 2 hours. There’s an extra fee if you want to rent it for a longer time.

You are also only allowed to drive the golf cart if you have your license!

Since I was bummed out about not being able to see the extra rooms in the palace, I just paid the extra fee to use the golf cart for a longer time.

Le Rocher et le Belvédère

After walking around the Le Petit Trianon, we checked out one of the other locations around her estate. It was sooo cute!

I imagine myself spending my summers laying out here & reading a book or hanging out with friends.

Gardens of Marie Antoinette’s Estate

There was this beautiful garden we spent time walking around in. If you ever plan to go here during the summer, bring a hat! It gets sooo hot after a while 😩

There was also a theatre that Marie Antoinette would apparently use to have her plays? I’m not sure!

The Grand Trianon

The last spot before making our way back to the palace was The Grand Trianon.

I found it to be kind of underwhelming. It felt pretty dated compared to the Le Petit Trianon.
After The Grand Trianon, we finally made our way back to the palace!

Notre Dame

I was beyond exhausted at this point after spending the entire morning & half of the afternoon in Versailles. I still had a sore throat on this day & I thought that walking around in the heat would eventually make my sore throat magically go away. Well, it didn’t & I felt my body just wanting to rest for a while. I still wanted to see the Notre Dame, so we did!

Because it is a church, you are not allowed to wear clothes that show your shoulders & anything above knee-length.
After the Notre Dame, I wasn’t feeling well at all, so Jeremiah & I went back to the hotel, washed off, & took a nap. I woke up feeling more refreshed, but I was still stuck with the sore throat.

Love Lock Bridge

Yes, we did the Love Lock Bridge!

Arc de Triomphe

After the Love Lock Bridge, we went to the Arc de Triomphe.

This time, we made it to the top! We were hoping that we would be able to see a cool sunset, but it was actually gloomy as most of the evenings had been during our stay in France.

France: Day 2

Paris, France

I got up early to get ready & once we were out of the hotel, the first thing we had to do was grab coffee & a bite to eat! We went to Eric Kayser, which you can read about here. Thankfully the location we went to was only a short walk to the next thing on our itinerary: the Musee D’Orsay!

Musee D’Orsay

We also bought our tickets online to avoid wasting time waiting in line . We actually arrived before the museum even opened, so it was great for us because we wanted to avoid the crowds. Plus, we also had other ticket reservations for our next activity, so we wanted to get in as much time at the museum as possible.

The first floor Jeremiah & I visited was the Impressionism exhibit, which was actually on the 3rd or 4th floor (I can’t remember). I wanted to see the paintings without the huge crowd & I’m glad we actually did this first because it got crowded around 11 AM.

I bought a copy of the painting below at the museum. It’s “Dancers in Blue” from the Impressionist painter Edgar Degas. This is the only painting that had me FLOORED. I started tearing up in front of it when I saw it. I got goosebumps in this gallery.

The photos absolutely don’t do the paintings justice. During my visit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) a couple of years ago, there was a great variety of Impressionism to see, but I can’t be sure of that now since exhibits do change over time.
There is also a beautiful restaurant at the top next to the Impressionism exhibit.

You can also go outside on the balcony & see the views.

There wasn’t anyone in this ballroom, so Jeremiah & I danced in it & it felt like Beauty & the Beast. Lol.

After the museum, I got hungry, so I grabbed a snack at Tabac d’Orsay which I added to my France Eats post here!


We walked all the way from Musee D’Orsay to PARISCityVISION because that’s where the shuttle was at to take us to Giverny. The line to check in for our reservation was SUPER long, so it’s a good thing we actually arrived earlier than our departure. & it’s also a good thing that we booked our tickets online.
Once we were finally able to board the bus, we headed off to Giverny!

Once we arrived at Claude Monet’s Garden, we were all FLOORED at the sight of how beautiful everything was. Since our ticket reservation time was only 2 hours, we unfortunately had to rush through the beautiful gardens 😭 We weren’t able to see everything or spend as much time here as we had liked. We still enjoyed it nonetheless. If you ever plan on visiting here, I advise choosing the ticket reservation that is allotted for 4 hours because 2 hours was definitely not enough.

We made our way back to Paris & saw that some roads were closed off & a red carpet was all rolled out. Apparently Tom Cruise & the cast of Mission: Impossible were there for the premiere of the new movie!!!!!!

After making our way back to Paris, we grabbed dinner at a pho restaurant because I woke up with a sore throat & wanted some soup 🍜 I added the pho restaurant to my post of France Eats here!

After dinner, we took an Uber to see the Eiffel Tower.

Eiffel Tower

Apparently there’s different entrances around the tower, but the line for tickets are the same. The line for the Eiffel Tower took a long time, but we didn’t mind waiting really since it’s one of the bucket list things you have to do!
There are different prices for tickets when you want to go up to the Eiffel Tower. We didn’t go all the way to the top because it was more expensive. We decided to only hit the second level.

It was so cold up here!

We also looked around in the gift shops before leaving.
After the Eiffel Tower, we wanted to take an Uber back, but they were so expensive. The prices change very quickly depending on the time & location. I think because there are so many tourists that want to see the Eiffel Tower at night. The rates were still expensive EVEN at 11 PM!

We decided to walk farther away from the Eiffel Tower because we hoped we would find a lower fare if we were farther away from the tourist attractions.

The walking is a killer, but it’s better than paying over 90 euros for an Uber.

We got back to the hotel so exhausted, but it was a successful day even with the sore throat 😷

France Eats

This post will frequently be updated as I post more from my days in France. I think it would be easier to put the food spots all in one post! I’ve also embedded the locations from Google maps in this post. I normally just include the link to spots, but I think maybe including the Google map is much better? Let me know in the comments which you would prefer!

France: Day 1

American Airlines

The first day I had dinner & breakfast on the plane since it was included! I’m glad because I was starving at this point. I haven’t been on a long flight in years, so it took some getting used to.

Little Breizh

The first thing we wanted to do was grab something to eat. Jeremiah was so adamant about eating at Little Breizh because he researched that it was one of the places to try in Paris.
It took a while to get seated & served because it’s a small hole-in-the-wall & there just wasn’t that much seating to begin with. The crepes were good, but I just didn’t like how long it took for the food to come out (more than 20 minutes).

Bistro Romain

We all had dinner at Bistro Romain. Jeremiah walked back to the Arc de Triomphe because he wanted to get a photo of it with the sunset, but he joined us for dinner after getting his photo 😉!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2624.249614331344!2d2.2979272156452057!3d48.87251787928881!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x47e66fea1df256d3%3A0x865fa1e3a5871823!2sBistro+Romain!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1534112243140

France: Day 2

Eric Kayser

I think France’s “Eric Kayser” is like our Starbucks here in the U.S. I’m so accustomed to Starbucks sweet drinks that I found France’s coffee too bitter for me 😭Jeremiah loved it though. He kept saying that it’s how real coffee is supposed to taste.

Thankfully the Eric Kayser we went to was only a short walk to the next thing on our itinerary, Musee D’Orsay which you can read about here.!1m14!1m8!1m3!1d2624.9960296877175!2d2.3283944!3d48.8582861!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x47e66589e9c24ad3%3A0x8969bebd76a36c1!2sEric+Kayser+-+Bac!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1534118923732

Tabac d’Orsay

We grabbed drinks & sandwiches before heading off to our bus pick-up location to head to Giverny.

Pho 14 Opera

Because I woke up this morning with a sore throat after I was coughed on at The Louvre, I wanted noodles, so we went to Pho 14 Opera. It’s definitely not the same as the pho back here at home 😉 I thought I took a photo of the dinner table, but I guess I forgot 🤷🏽‍♀️!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2624.560122728583!2d2.3322984656449455!3d48.86518657928813!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x47e66e253dad44a9%3A0xd5230c5d3684c95b!2sPho+14+Opera!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1534117981984

France: Day 3

La Flottille

Because Marie Antoinette’s Estate didn’t open until 11 AM, we had lunch at La Flottille, which is one of the restaurants outside of the palace.

France: Day 4

Hôtel Jarry Confort

We had a quick bite to eat at the hotel & then we headed to some souvenir shops since it was our last stay in Paris.

France: Day 1

I know I promised I would try to blog while I was on vacation, but it was a challenge trying to get internet out there or even find the time. I was waking up early around 5 AM or 6 AM to get ready for the full day ahead & would not come back to the hotel until around midnight. An incident also happened during vacation where 1,366 photos were deleted from my blog, which has taken me over a week to restore (addressed in my previous post here). Now that the photos are restored & vacation photos are ALL FINALLY edited (after so many days), here is a post from our first day in France!

Paris, France

I tried staying up during the flight to Paris just to get myself used to the time change. We flew American Airlines, which is an airline I would like to fly when it comes to International flights. I love that they allow free carry on luggages & a personal bag. I also love that they have a great selection of movies & tv shows. They also have music, internet, & a chat feature when you want to chat with someone who is not sitting with you. This would come in handy if you don’t want to buy wi-fi & need to message someone.

Once we arrived in Paris, the first thing we did was tried checking in early to our hotel. We stayed at Hotel ibis budget Paris Porte de Montmartre. It was quite a distance from most of the tourist spots we wanted to go to, but I didn’t mind because we spent most of our days in Paris outside of where we were staying. We couldn’t check in early, but, we were allowed to leave our luggages with the hotel. I guess I’ve just never left luggage with a hotel before, but it is apparently something that plenty of visitors do.

The Metro

We decided to take the Metro instead of taking an Uber to The Louvre because it was so much cheaper. It took us a while to buy the Metro tickets & figure out which stop to get off at. Had we known that the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tours would take us to all of the tourist spots we wanted to go to & at a much cheaper rate, we would’ve done that. Although the Metro is cheaper than taking an Uber, the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tours would’ve made more sense to use over the next few days of our visit.

The first thing we wanted to do was grab something to eat. Jeremiah was so adamant about eating at Little Breizh, which you can read about here.

On The Way to The Louvre

After lunch, we headed to The Louvre. We passed by these gorgeous buildings on the way there! I was so blown away by all the architecture all over Paris.

The Louvre

Our first stop, The Louvre!

Luckily, we bought our tickets in advance online here, otherwise we would have had to wait in a long line just to get tickets. I suggest buying all tour tickets online to avoid wasting time. The line for walk-ins was incredibly long. The line for their “Skip the Line” tickets actually still had a wait because it takes a while to get through security, but it was still much quicker than the walk-in line.

They also do not hand you a map upon entering like most museums do (at least, the ones I’ve been to). So, it was definitely a challenge trying to figure out which rooms lead to what.

I couldn’t get over how beautiful the ceilings were!

I also want to note that, getting to a bathroom isn’t easy! I advise that before you go walking around The Louvre, use the restroom first. Jeremiah had to use the restroom while we were walking around The Louvre, so he left while I walked around. We ended losing each other & at that point, we finally got a map because the “Find My Friends” app wasn’t that accurate & there’s very little signal in the building.

I’d also like to note that the museum does have A/C, but YOU. CANNOT. FEEL. IT. because of how many people there are. It is actually a lot worse than I can even describe. If you’re going in the summer, bring a hand fan because you’re surely going to need it.

This is the hallway where I was coughed on & ended up getting a sore throat the next day 🙃 I brought my face mask & I wish I had followed my instinct & used it because getting sick while on vacation wasn’t fun. It’s important to keep in mind that other cultures have different manners than what you’re probably used to, so it’s best not to take anything personal.

& of course, the famous Mona Lisa was the hardest painting to get to! I didn’t take a photo of how huge the crowd was, but luckily we were able to make it to the front. They had security on each end of the painting & a divider to keep people from getting too close. It doesn’t look like there are a lot of people at the Mona Lisa, but after working my way through the front of the line, I was able to get a photo without all the hands & people.

We weren’t able to get through all of the rooms, but I think we went through enough of the ones we were interested in.

Although The Louvre was beautiful, I have to say that I wish I was able to actually enjoy it more. It was so overcrowded & you cannot feel the A/C at all.

After The Louvre, we walked around the gardens a bit before taking a ride to the Arc de Triomphe.

Arc de Triomphe

We planned on walking up to the top, but our legs were beyond tired at this point & we just wanted to eat!

After the Arc de Triomphe, we had dinner at Bistro Romain which you can read about here. Once we finished dinner, we finally made it back to our hotel.