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Afternoon at the mall and going to the Movies

When I got home from the wedding with Mami, my sister Roxana asked me if I wanted to join her and hubby Gilber and Luis and Lemuel to play at the mall.

Off we went and on our way there we stopped at El Gollo to get a prepaid phone card for me so I could have a local number while here.

At the Mall the kids were playing at the playground the grown ups sat down in the café area to have a snack. I went shopping and found a new pair of slippers and a cap and then I joined the others downstairs. When I got back the kids had gotten facial paintings:

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Lemuel with a scorpion

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Luis with a SpiderWeb

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Roshy and Gilber

Roshy and Gilber were telling jokes and we all had fun and then the kids went upstairs to check out the program at the Cinema and were really exited to tell us that “It’s raining MeatBalls 2” had just been released and would start in 30 minutes.

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Neither of the grownups were very interested in watching that movie, but we went to check out the tickets and found that Riddick (2013) was to start only 15 minutes later than It’s raining meatballs 2″ and decided to go for that one.

The kids were highly exited to be allowed to go to the movies for the first time by themselves and we told them to come join us directly in Room 2 as soon as their movie was finished.

Our movie was a bit longer and during one of the most exiting parts of it the two kids joined us and they were super annoyed to sit with their eyes and ears covered. And the fun started when Luis during one of the most creepy scenes shouted out loud; BUT MOM, ITS NOT SCARING ME. I WANT TO SEE IT, WHY CAN’T I SEE IT? IM NOT AFRAID. ITS JUST A MOVIE and the rest of the people watching the movie started laughing…. Oh well … Kids :D

It was a good movie and we all enjoyed it a lot. A great night ! The only thing I’ll make a mark about is to bring more clothes the next time I’ll go to the movies down here. It was freezing in the room we sat in.

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Sightseeing Paris – Notre Dame – Tour Eiffel

We slept in this morning. We were far too exhausted from yesterday to even consider getting up early. Around 10 we left the hotel room and took the bus to (M) Cour St’Emilion where we took the metro to (M) Etienne Marcel where we started off our day. Our first mission was to find a street called; Rue Tiquetonne where I had singled out our shopping to start :D However, taking a wrong turn, we didn’t find that street, but a lovely little Brasserie where we decided to have our breakfast instead.

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Restaurant “Le Capitole”, located at 105, boulevard de Sebastopol, 75002 Paris
PS: These guys have WONDERFUL Service and very tasty Breakfast !!

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Enjoying Breakfast

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Looks like Linda is still enjoying being on her first trip without mom and dad :)

When we were done with our Breakfast we took a new look at the map and this time we had no problems finding Rue Tiquetonne and both the Pylones store and G Detou (A specialist store for bakers and chocolatiers) where I had scheduled my only must buys for the day :D Chocolate from the House of Callebaut for Chocolate Fountains. This filled up my sack for the day and had I been intelligent had I planned this for late afternoon, but well I didn’t – so I carried my “burden” with no complaints.

We continued walking down Rue Montmartre past Les Halles and Chatelet crossing the bridge to the “Isle de la Cite”. We stopped in bakery and baking equipment stores to see if they had any good ideas for things to make at home. We took pictures and we enjoyed our day very much. The sun peeked out from a clouded layer and despite temperatures around 6 Celcius, it was a beautiful day. Crossing the bridge to Isle de la Cite, we visited the beautiful flower market before we headed down to the Notre Dame Church.

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The Notre Dame

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Two Happy Sisters (Notice the sour-looking Japanese tourist in the back – hihi).

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InsideNotre Dame.

I have been to Notre Dame once before, when I was 10 myself, and I think Disney is to thank for Lindas Interest in the church. She took pictures and she asked questions and she wanted to go up to the towers and in the end she didn’t want to leave.

When I was there last time, both me and Ingrid (our middle sister – at the time 7) were totally fed up of visiting “grown up” tourist attractions, and churches – BORING. We had no interest of getting inside the Church, we wanted to stay outside in the sunny beautiful weather playing. Of course parents can’t leave their 10 and 7 year olds outside a church to play in a foreign city, so we had to go in and both of us made a scene (which we have been reminded of countless times throughout the years).

Once we were done at Notre Dame we went Lunch hunting. Originally I had set out for a Restaurant who specializes in Frogs and Snails called Roger La Grenouille, located in Rue des Grands Augustins. However, this restaurant was only open between 12:00 – 14:00 for lunch and they would not reopen until 19:00 which was too late for us to have lunch (and to stay in the area) so we started walking down a couple of nice streets where we window-shopped and at the end of the street we arrived at the Place St Andre des Arts where there were Brasseries and Restaurants on every corner.

Our choice fell on the Restaurant called Chez Clement, who had snails. Linda had expressed before our travel that she wished to taste both snails and frogs while we were there, and me in particular… wanted to have frogs for dinner.

So for starters we ordered Snails and Fois Gras de Canard. Linda was good and not only tasted, but liked and wanted more Snails. She tried the Fois Gras de Canard, but that was not to her taste. Good … More for me :D

For dinner I had a Rabbit Stew, which she also tasted (but the poor thing felt remorse for the poor rabbit the rest of the day!) and liked. She herself had ordered Beef with Mashed Potatoes.

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We decided for dessert and they had this lovely Chocolate – Pineapple Fondant Cake baked inside a Pinapple ring. Linda had Ice Cream, but we exchanged  for tasting :D This was a lovely meal and a waitors were nice and helpful! And … I think they had the best (and nicest and best smelling) bathrooms I have visitied in a long time.

After dinner we crossed the bridge and walked towards the Louvre. We had no idea to enter it until tomorrow, but we wanted to go shopping and looking. We entered the shopping mall Carousel du Louvre where we shopped for a while. However it was so full of tourists, bus loads of tourists from everywhere. In particular groups of teenage schoolkids. And they were pressuring and running around us and I must admit I got slightly scared of loosing Linda. As its my first time that I am taking a child with me on a travel my stress level rose a bit ;D

We continued on, our last stop of the day was to walk to the Eiffel Tower as we wanted to both see it and take pictures of it at night time.

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After we took pictures it was already so late it was about time to get back to the hotel. We left our stuff in the hotelroom and rushed to Carrefour to go shopping for eastereggs and easterbunny chocolates as well as baguettes and fruit and juice that we could have for our late night meal. Back in the hotel room we ate and packed our bags for tomorrow before we went to bed. After a wonderful, but long day, we were beaten.

Our Tour of the Day on the Map:

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EuroDisney – A day for Play and Fun

At 6 am the alarm rang, and everything inside me just struggled to be allowed to continue our sleep, but Linda and I had a very important day ahead of us and I needed to get up so I could get her up. Linda was sound asleep and even more reluctant to get up, but she jumped into her clothes and as we collected our stuff running out the door, she asked me; what about my hair? Should I not brush my hair? No time for that I told her and she looked confused for 2 minutes, but didn’t complaint any further.

We had to get the 6:24 bus to take us to Gare d’Lyon so we could catch the RER train to the Marne La Vallee station in Chessey where EuroDisney – Disneyland Paris is located. A good 35 -45 minutes outside of Paris.

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Because at 8 am this morning I had ordered a very special surprise to open up our big day in Disneyland; A Breakfast Buffet with the Disney Characters.

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Linda with Mickey

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Linda with Goofy

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Linda and me with Dale

I must admit, I had a lot of fun myself during this breakfast where we were joined by Mickey, Pluto, Goofy, Gepetto, Chip and Dale in the Mickey Cafe in the Disney Village. Breakfast was tasty as well!

Once Breakfast was over we headed towards the entrance of the 2 parks and … were thoroughly distracted by all the cool stores ! Since we had underdressed a bit, Linda got herself a new jacket to keep warm and then we got some candy before we headed off to the Walt Disney Studios park.

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Where we attended a movie show with the history of Cinema from Black/White movie to Colored movies with Sound at the CineMagique.

After that Linda spotted several of the Disney Characters walking around for Meet and Greet and we headed over there for pictures and autographs for the new Autograph book she had just bought (with rooms for the pictures with the Disney characters) and she got to meet both Mickey & Minnie Mouse as well as Lilo from Lilo & Stitch.

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Then we moved on to take the Studio Tram Tour: Behind the Magic. Lines were long and we had to wait a while for our turn, but both Linda and myself enjoyed the tour, watching studio sets and figures and cars used in movies. We even got to experience an “Earthquake” which was quite cool!

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And by the time we were done with our Studio Tour and had done some more shopping it was time for Lunch. We went to the Restaurant Des Stars for an amazing All-You-Can-Eat Buffet. Some of the food was awesome and some of it didn’t pass neither mine, nor Linda’s taste buds. The good thing with an all you can eat buffet… Leave your half eaten plate on a table someone just left and go pick up something new that you would rather eat! :D However Lunch was great and gave us renewed energy to keep going.

We decided that by now we needed to get our asses over to the Disneyland Park to start looking around there if we were to have enough time there.

We Entered into the Main Street and took pictures, shopped a bit more and walked towards the Princess Castle where we found a lovely little store that specialized in hand-making beautiful glass Disney figures. We also found birthday gifts for both mom and dad there :D

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After that we walked around a bit and Found more Disney figures and Linda got to meet Tigger as well!

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Then we stood in line for a long time to use the toilet, but now we were ready for some action filled fun and headed over to Adventure Land and the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, where we got to see drunken pirates and local merchants and we heard shooting, laughing, plundering and fun.

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As soon as we were out of there we headed over to The Adventure Isle where we found Mr. Captain Jack Sparrow!

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Once we had his autograph… we decided to move on to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril, but there was a 20 minutes line there and time was rapidly approaching 5 pm and the time for the parade, so we decided to go see the parade before we came back to Indiana Jones.

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The Parade was back at Main street and we were a bit late so we didn’t get the best spots, but we still had a good view. The parade gives you that special feeling of joy and Disney and I mean, just from watching the movie… I get all childish and keen on going back :D

After the Parade which both Linda and myself agreed was really nice, we went back to the Indiana Jones attraction which was soooo cool. Probably THE best attraction in Disneyland. Linda wanted to steal the coins displayed around the Indiana Jones Temple of Peril, claiming she was tougher than Indiana Jones, but I didn’t allow her. However just as soon as the ride was over we went back in line to take the ride one more time!!! It was so much fun.

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By now we were real tired and hungry again and we started looking for a restaurant. However Linda didn’t want to miss out on the fireworks inside the park by going out of it to find Restaurants so we bought some more candy and went shopping and taking pictures !

We bought gifts for our sisters at home and some souvenirs for ourselves and finally we found a place that sells cotton candy! So we got that too!

Then we gathered up at the Plaza in front of the Castle, waiting for the firework show to start :D

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Showtime

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Accompanied to music and a lovely movie display we got to see the water show and the fireworks were beautiful.

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Do also check out the YouTube video from the show

Then finally when the show was over we went away for the last shopping part, before we headed over to Rainforest Cafe where we had dinner.

We were exhausted, but we had had such a lovely day that we were still going strong. However, we were on our way down and we needed to get back to the hotel to sleep. We took the train back to Paris at 10:30 at night. We took a cab back to the hotel from  Gare de Lyon.

When we returned to the hotel room, we were both so awfully tired and happy with todays experiences that we were just giggling and the poor 11 year old girl fell into a hysterical laughter before she finally calmed down enough to fall asleep just before 1 am.

Enjoying a wonderful day in Lyon

This morning Anni and myself went out early and Anni didn’t feel like working in the morning. So we went shopping instead :D I bought myself 12 new wine glasses and I bought my sisters christmas gifts. I bought the two small ones each their suitcase (which will also be practical for me when I need an extra suitcase for all the extra stuff I bought for myself :D) and for the last one I picked up some small extra gifts. We also shopped some nice kitchen accessoires and then we had Lunch @ Le Muranie.

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After Lunch Anni went back to the Hotel to continue her work while I continued Shopping. I walked around and found some clothes, some christmas decorations and just enjoyed a lovely day. I really like Lyon. I also found a lovely store that sold some amazingly cute christmas tea light candles. I might have gone a bit mad with the shopping, but who cares :D It’s about the first time I have felt really good since june so I felt I deserved it!

This was the first day that I did not have a rest in the afternoon and I felt really well on top of it. Today was the only day we had to walk a bit far to get to the restaurant we had booked, so we had a lovely walk crossing the Pont Lafayette and enjoying the lovely view in the dark of the bridge.

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And then we walked down towards the central station but about half way down we turned right and found our restaurant called Daniel et Denise where we had another lovely meal.

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On our way back to the hotel we took time to take some pictures and I really loved this house.

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Nice day in Lyon

Today Anni stayed back in the Hotel Room and I went out for a morning walk. I walked all the way down to the train station of Lyon to the Shopping Mall  called Centre Commercial Lyon Part Dieu where I had a nice time shopping. On my way back this dude followed me and gave me his phone number and asked me out for a cup of coffee. He was quite cute so I went with him and had a very nice time. At 1 pm I had to leave and he followed me to the meeting point where I had arranged to met up with Anni and then we split and Anni and I went for Lunch at Le Bistrot de Lyon.

After Lunch Anni went back to the Hotel and I went I went back to Old Lyon and then up to the Fourviere Hill to look at the view and the Basilia de Notre Dame de Fourviere and the view of the sun during sunset.

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The Front entrance of the Basilica.

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View of Lyon in twilight.

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I loved how this picture turned out. The light is amazing in the twilight.

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When I came down from the Fourviere Hill I got a beautiful view of St. Johns Cathedral in Old Lyon and the light settings were beautiful so I had to stop to take pictures of it.

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I went back to the hotel room where Anni was relaxing and then we prepared for going out for Dinner at Le Garet where we had a really nice time.

The Sunday Market and Walking in Old Lyon

This morning Anni left for breakfast and work while I slept in to relax. I took off just before 11 to look around before I was to meet with Anni for lunch. I crossed the Bonparte bridge to get to Old Lyon where I had a look around in the streets and then I went to the Art Market before I crossed the Maréchal June bridge to meet Anni. We went to the big Sunday Market where we picked up lunch.

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They had all kinds of lovely fruit,

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Cheese,

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Meat (Rabbits),

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Mushrooms,

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Fresh Cooked Chicken.

It was amazing to just stroll around looking at all the fruits and vegetables, the meat, the flowers, the jam and all the other beautiful and tempting stuff. And then there was the smells from the food they were making at the market. All so lovely! I would absolutely recommend you to visit the market if you are in Lyon.

Anni and I picked up our lunch before we found a nice spot to have Lunch at the Bonaparte Bridge.

After lunch we went back to Old lyon, where we walked around to enjoy the sunny day and do some shopping (me at least) at the Pylones store, peek in some of the cute little stores and just look around.

After our visit to Old Lyon we crossed the Maréchal June bridge again and went for Ice Cream at Regal Glace. They had lots of Ice Cream in lovely colors and tastes. We sure enjoyed.

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After our stop at Regal Glace we went back to the hotel and there we relaxed before we went for Dinner at Brasserie Le Nord.

Touring Amsterdam and Returning to Norway

This morning I woke up at 9am which was just about perfect. I had a shower and Liewe came home from night shift just about when I was done. Liewe woke up as well and we all had a lovely breakfast with a figjam which was absolutely awesome!

After breakfast we took a stroll along the canal to get to the tram to Amsterdam Centraal where I stored my luggage and then we went to explore Amsterdam. We took a new tram to get up to the area of the ‘de negen straatjes’. We passed the Anne Frank house where there was a huge line of people that wanted to get in.

After that we passed by the lovely canals, we entered a tulip museum and we even found a couple of newly weds:

As we passed the many charming streets of De Negen Straatjes we found an amazing bike! It has been rebuildt to look like a car ! I love it!

We also had to stop by the Amsterdam flower market where I picked up lots of tulips. I bought quite a few that I will use as gifts, but of course I bought some for my own “garden” (read veranda) :D

After we were done at the Flower Market, we went to the Dam Square where the Royal Palace, the National Monument, and the 15th-century Gothic Nieuwe Kerk is located and then we went to an icecream bar on ‘De nieuwmarkt’ was called the Ijskuypje.

At 2pm we had to head back to the Centraal station where we had to split up and I had to leave Amsterdam to go to the airport.

Liewe and Lien, my friends and my hosts for my stay in Amsterdam!

I picked up my luggage and at the Central station and hoppeed on the train towards Schipol Airport.

On my way to the airport I saw that commercial again and I got confirmed my latest new dutch word; Plofkip.

Once at the airport I checked in and went shopping. I came very close to buying the new Samsung Galaxy SIII, but it was a bit too costly there and I decided to leave it behind. However I did go shopping for flowers. I brought home 2 huge bouquets of flowers. One for myself and one as a birthday present for my best friend whos birthday is tomorrow. I bought her some beautiful soft purple roses. I also bought a new perfume and then I had dinner before I flew back home.

At home my cat was waiting for me and it was so nice to see him again. I miss him just as much each time I’m gone, and it’s funny to see him actually be so happy to see me again too!
I had to pop out for some groceries so I brought him with me, stopped by the store and then dropped by my friends house to hand over her flowers and her other birthday gifts as well.

A really nice day from beginning to start !