maanantai 22. syyskuuta 2014

The Paris Report Part 2: Disneyland and The Last Days

Eh, my plan was not to have such a long time gap between the two parts, but my laptop which I mainly used exploded more or less, taking all my pictures with it. Sigh. That's all the pictures from this summer, not just the Paris, but also Animecon and several exhibitions I was going to spam for you and then a random pile of happy summer outift photos. Oh. And all my tabs and bookmarks are gone. Sigh.

To the topic anyway:

DAYS 3 and 4

On the morn- no, the night between the second and third day of our trip we jumped in a train and headed off to Disneyland. First stop was at our hotel Cheyenne, to drop off what little luggage we had taken for the two Disney days, and then off to line up at the gates. Must say there was a good deal of excitement in the air as we peaked through the bars of the gates to the strange park beyond.. Upon entering the first things we saw were the huge pink hotel, and after that this fairytale castle. I must say I felt like I was dream walking through it, or maybe it was due the early morning we had behind us. But I more or less woke up to the live dream as I saw this strange water element jumping as if it had a life of its own over the hedges of Alice's Curious Labyrinth. From that point on I was but an uncontrollable smile running around the park with Miss K as the kids we will always be.

"Returning to Disneyland is like returning home. It's a place where time stands still and you turn into a kid. It's a place where no one judges you and where you can forget the real life for a moment. because in the end you know that all you need is faith, trust and a little bit of pixie dust and you can fly."

-Miss K

Yeah, give me a car, I'll give you a disaster.

Disneyland and Disney in general are very inspirational things for me. My decision to bring a sketchbook with me was more than a success! First of all it kept me and the surrounding children amused during the long waiting times to the popular attractions, as I had good time creating Disney pictures and the kids were wondering which characters I was drawing.
 You could almost hear the inspiration swirling in the air! I could have spend the whole day just sitting somewhere in the park and sketching away..! Haha, but I should have brought a couple pens more with me! I'll post the pictures later on the sketchblog. After I have found a scanner.

Miss K is a real Disney enthusiastic and knew exactly where to go next and where to be at what time to find the characters, the best attractions and to see parades and shows. I bet I would have missed a half of everything if she hadn't been there to lead us.

Didn't get to go there! Maybe a good thing, they would have surely given me a warning had I managed to get close enough to start climbing around that ship!

The night show... it was one of the most magical things I saw that day. Sigh, so beautiful.

This teapot I could not resist! I might have also fallen victim to some other tea themed items during our trip, haha! 

DAY 5 and 6

Having spend our energy as efficiently as possible on the days 2-4, we were done for the morning of the fifth day. It must have affected us also on the last day together with the knowledge that soon we would need to board a plane again in order to fly back to Finland. Such a shame though for Paris had still so many things we had planned to see, yet we did not!

My favorite part of these two days was our journey up to Sacre Coeur on the beautiful morning of the sixth day. We walked all the way from our hotel. up the hill with these small streets while passing by the small shops selling all from freshly baked goods to fishes and flowers and whatnots. Such an idyllic sight! Up the long, long stairs and through beautiful areas with streetlamps and fountains that reminded me of art noveau style, which I dearly adore.
And of course as a reward at the top of the hill, the huge white church and a view over Paris...

Paris has so much to offer for a traveler, that I already dream of a day I'll be back to this city. To explore the places that I had no opportunity to see this time -and also to be able to walk through the halls of Versailles again and to dream away a day or two in middle of Disney dreams.


These books actually tagged along from an airport in Germany, as we needed to change flights over there. Haha.

As for other things.. Argh all those pictures I lost!
No, as for other things. I finished reading the two Gail Carriger's books from The Finishing School -series I started during the Paris trip, While they did not win me over as stories, I still feel like I would love to illustrate them! The steampunk themed world with all the gadgets, the young ladies in their fancy dresses and the cute things from balls to jumping down from flying vechiles... That would be so much fun! If I only had a bit more time.. 

Also as those following my twitter spam might know, I have been playing Alice Madness Returns on Playstation 3 and have just finished the game few hours ago! Whoa now! That game is visually breathtaking and the story.. Let us just say that the game is pure gold (maybe dipped in blood though). I loved it. 

Miss K made us a bit more professional Paris trailer which you can see [here].
To see more of our travel photos, see her sites [here].

torstai 11. syyskuuta 2014

The Paris Report Part 1: The Arrival And Versailles


Good morning, World. 
I had been to school, I had been to work, I had slept maybe two hours after which I rolled down from my bed and packed my things, jumped in a car and headed to the airport with Miss K. I was downright tired, I must admit, and sleeping in the car proved impossible. As I love watching clouds while flying, I didn't sleep then either, as we first flew to Arlanda, Sweden, in order to switch planes and then off flying again to Paris, France.

I traveled light, with two books by Gail Carriger, handful of hair roses and three black dresses, one shoulder bag and one pair of shoes, and the essentials, I had it easy as we arrived to rainy and cold Paris, found our way from the airport to Montmarte, Paris and swung our luggage in the hotel room. The hotel proved to be nice, small and cutely furnished. One sad side might be the fact that it was quite cold during the nights, for I found myself always curling under three blankets. Another downfall was that my phone didn't allow me to play Ingress aboard, oh what a shame!

This first day we decided to take it easy, just strolling down Champs- Elysees, making attacks on Disney store and Laduree, while swinging our cameras around like proper tourists. We decided it would be a proper way to end the first day of the trip with a stop under Eiffel, which we did.

"Returning to Paris feels like returning to see and old friend after a long time. It's there. Many things have changed and many things have stayed exactly the way they are. You can't get enough of Paris."

-Miss K


Oh, one of the absolute highlights of our trip, Versailles. How long had I dreamed to go there? It was just as -and even more- wondrous as I had imagined.

Has waiting ever been better? I have no idea of how long we waited, for I spend it with staring at the gates. If a gate can hold one's thought so, how could we ever survive out the complex within one lifetime?

"As Lorde said "And we'll never be royals", but if I would be a royal, I'd live in Versailles, take a stroll to the Grand and Petit Trianons and spend the evening in Marie Antoinette's Village. Now that's life."

-Miss K 

A room after room was filled with pieces of art. I'm afraid Miss K had it hard at times, as I insisted on reading every text related to every work there was...

This long hall with countless chandeliers and walls of tall mirrors and windows was propably my favorite room. The moment we stepped inside, it stole my breath away. If you watched the video in previous post, you might get a better idea of it.

After walking though the palace, we exited to the surrounding gardens, surrounded by fountains and flowers.

Petit Trianon

We stopped for a slight rest, drinks and macarons close to this pavillion, in the gardens of Marie-Antoinette. This was the only time I bough Laduree macarons during our stay in Paris. Pricy, but doing this here and now was a must.

After the refreshments we wandered deeper into the gardens, passing by pavillions, streams and ponds. Where we ended up was this strange little village of Marie-Antoinette. It's beautiful buildings were quite a contrast to the overwhelmingly decorated palaces.

Grand Trianon

This is what I carried back to the hotel at the end of the day. Several postcards to send home, every possible map and likes I got my hands on, a book to tell me more about the rooms and the gardens and to remember them by, a Laduree box where I hid my new thimble, bought from Versailles (a very fancy thimble, and very likely a practical souvenir) and some leaves stolen from the gardens. I did relocate one acorn in my bag too, so that I could plant it at my family's summer cottage, but I might have lost it on the way, sigh!


My humble attempt in making the whole trip into one post was doomed from the start! I really tried, but as I wrote these texts here, I decided that putting it all into one entry was insane. The fact that I had tried to already spam some of the photos in the video didn't help to cut the numbers left to be shared in the written posts. Therefore, I divided the thing in two. 

Also! After my humble attempt in video making, Miss K made her own that clearly says that some of us has made videos before! If you are interested, click this [link].

Now to sleep! I haven't had time to sleep properly for weeks, and this night too is already running short! Where is the time? Where has it gone? Was there any to start with? Oh my poor brains, why the torture...