Sunday, 29 October 2006

Half Term Break

It is very hard to get used to these European school terms. 3 terms for the school year, and half way through each term, there is "half term holidays" for a week. I think the longest they are at school before a break is about 6 weeks. I don't know how families where both parents work manage this?? We have about 4 more weeks of holidays here than we would in Australia....

So, this half term we decided to take the kids to Disneyland Paris. We have been promising the kids that we would go there once they were old enough. After some research on the internet, we thought once Cameron turned 6, he would be able to go on most of the rides.

Here is a photo of Phil and the kids outside the front of Disneyland. Mickey Mouse is made of shrubs and bushes of different colours.

Unfortunately the very front of the building of the main Disney hotel was under renovations, hence the lovely grey fabric over 2 sections of the hotel.

It probably wont come as a surprise to you that before we went to Disneyland, I needed to do some homework. I checked the website for the park, and wrote down all the rides and which movies they related to. Thankfully my friends Chantal, Sonia and Michelle came to the rescue and let us borrow their Disney dvd's and story books that we didn't have. We got the kids to watch Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio, The Lady and the Tramp, Aristocrats, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan and so many more before we headed off to Paris. We had lots of the "modern" dvd's, like Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc....but none of the "classics"

This proved to be really helpful, as we went through the different rides, the kids knew the characters and the story lines of each story. One night in the hotel, there was a quiz for the kids. They had to listen to snippets of the songs and then name the movie. A slight disadvantage for us, the songs were in French. The second competition was pictures on an overhead projector, and they were shown only a small part of the picture at a time. Cameron managed to get 2nd place in both competitions! So thanks to Chantal, Sonia and Michelle for the Disney stuff! It was really helpful !!

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