Adventures in Traveling

train holland family vacation

We FINALLY made it to Paris and Disneyland Paris! Woo Hoo!  This trip has been a mix of “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” and “National Lampoon’s European Vacation” since the very beginning.

It all started Wednesday morning at o’dark thirty. Jackie picked me and Charlie up and then we picked up Dad.  We even went back to my house for my jacket I’d left behind. It wasn’t until all 6 of us got to the ticket counter at IAH that I realized Charlie’s packed suitcase was missing.

Plan B – purchase clothes during layover in Washing Dulles since we had 6 hours till our Paris flight. Which was reduced to 4 hours due to weather delays. On the plus side, a mall was close and The Children’s Place had a kickass sale.

Plan C – switch to Amsterdam flight since the Paris flight was full. We are flying standby and really wanted to get to Europe by hook or crook. A HUMONGO plus; all 6 of us were lucky enough to get BusinessFirst on the flight to Amsterdam!

Plan C2 – take train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam then switch to train to Brussels and the TGV (super fast train) to Charles De Gaulle airport. Once there the 6 of us could pick up our checked bags and take the Disneyland Paris express bus.

train platform in rotterdam

Plan C2.1 – fill out delayed bag form for the 3 bags the adults that did not make the flight. Freak out over not having clean clothes for Friday but thankful for the habit of packing extra undies and socks in carry on.

Thankfully the ride to Disneyland Paris went smoothly along with the hotel check-in. We are staying at the Algonquin Explorer hotel in the Disney Village area. It is nice enough but not really the traditional Disney quality I’m used to.

Our luggage arrive at the hotel today. I’ve never been so happy to see a suitcase in my life!

More about Disneyland Paris later!

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  1. What an adventure! Enjoy your trip!
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