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Paris or Disneyland ?, Indeed, even in this monetary downturn families will take their children by the thousand to Disneyland and Walt Disney World in this coming year. I am an aficionado of Mickey Mouse (Amateur Traveler Episode 25 – Disneyland – why I figured out how to adore the mouse) however I need to recommend that there are reasons likewise to take the children to Europe when they are as yet youthful. To make the point I need to call attention to 7 different ways that Paris France is superior to Disneyland.
Downtown Disney vs Galeries Lafayette Paris am always surprised the amount of time some families spend shopping on their Disney trip, but if you really want incredible shopping Paris offers the well known Champs Elysees, but for my money, I think that the Galeries Lafayette is an incomparable shopping experience. The building itself is like a cathedral to commercialism and the shopping is also good.
Champs-Elysées. Avenue Montaigne, a side street of the world famous Champs-Elysées Avenue, is another very luxurious shopping street in Paris. Many of the most famous luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel & Givenchy have a store there.
2. Getting Around – Monorail vs Metro
The monorail is a very cool looking method of transportation – a railway system in which the track consists of a single rail, typically elevated and with the trains suspended from it. The term is also used to describe the beam of the system, or the vehicles traveling on such a beam or track. The problem is that it does not really go anywhere. The metro may be less futuristic but it is a great way to get around the city in comfort. Just look for the art deco Metro signs.
This is one category where there is no competition. Even for kids, the hot dog in tomorrow land is no competition for le “hot dog” which is made with a baguette, two hot dogs end to end and grilled cheese. Better yet while your kids are eating that you can be trying the escargot. (You can try the escargot but I will be having the mutton stew or whatever is the prix fixe menu).
Street food: a simple concept, almost as old as streets themselves, which is now taking off in Paris despite a slow start. Prepared and/or sold on the city’s pavements (to the extent permitted by the law), and designed to be easily eaten on the fly, this not-so-haute cuisine runs the gamut from sandwiches to kebabs, empañadas to dim sum, without ever breaking the bank. Read on for our recommendations.
4. Sleeping Beauty’s Castle vs the Eiffel Tower
Both Paris and Disneyland have a center that people are drawn to and are photographed in front of. Disneyland recently reopened Sleeping Beauty’s castle to tours but frankly, most people who visit the park won’t tour it. By contrast, 200,000,000 people have visited the Eiffel Tower. It was the tallest tower for 41 years after its construction and still captivates the imagination with its design.
Skip the entry lines, which can be as long as four hours, on a two-hour Eiffel Tower Priority Access Ticket with Host tour that whisks you straight to the elevators for a leisurely look at the landmarks of Paris as you learn some of their histories from your guide. Or you can combine several top tourist attractions on a four-hour Paris City Tour, Seine River Cruise, and Eiffel Tower, an excellent introduction to the city as you see and learn about landmarks such as the Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe from your air-conditioned coach and view others from a relaxing cruise boat, ending with panoramic views from the Eiffel Tower’s second level.
5. Display – Fantasmic and Versus Saint Chapelle
Disneyland offers the uproarious accident of firecrackers, the bright display and the enchantment of narrating at Fantasmic. Families stay outdoors on the River of America for quite a long time to attempt and discover a spot where they can rest they exhausted children and see the show. Paris offers a calmer display that still recounts a story, however without all the clamor, in the stained glass of its church buildings. As I would see it the lesser known Saint Chapelle offers significantly more excellence than the better known Notre Dame.
6. Excite Tour – The Wall of Love
As one of the most romantic cities in the world, it should come as no surprise that there’s literally an entire attraction dedicated to love. Whether you’re looking for the Instagram backdrop or a cute date spot with your other half, this artistic installation has been visited by all the Parisian and globe-travelled lovers of the world and remains a popular attraction. Known as Les Mur des Je t’Aime in French, even the most jaded person can’t help but be charmed by the sweet sight and the loved up couples that always seem to be dotted around it.
7. Experience – Musee d’Orsay
Musee d’Orsay houses the largest collection of Impressionist art in the world. It is here that you can see Monet, Manet, Degas, Cezanne, Renoir, Van Gogh, Gaugin and more. It’s literally a collection of the who’s who in the Impressionist art world.
This museum is more than just Impressionist art. The building is also a work of art. Musee d’Orsay was once Gare d’Orsay, an old train station, which was renovated and became this art museum.
That’s quite the list, right? Now, if you only have a few days, what are the most important things to see?