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Our 2004 European Trip - Part
by Wayne James
with (most) photos by Edie James
We spent the end of our trip in Edie's favorite city, Paris, France.
We were able to spend five days there, just wandering, seeing the sights,
While we were there we had an opportunity to eat in Edie's favorite
landmark, the Eiffel Tower. On the first floor above ground level is Restaurant
Jules Verne. The doorman was very nice, but he would not let us in because,
"First you must have a reservation, and second monsieur must wear trousers."
When I asked how far in advance the reservations must be made, he said
they sometimes have some available for the same day. Since my jean shorts
were not acceptable we made reservations for the next day at 11:45 (lunch
reservations may be made from 11:45 until 13:30 and dinner reservations
had a similar window in the evening). However, we hit another snag... you
must give a local telephone number with your reservation. Well I knew where
our hotel was, but I could not remember the name and I had no clue as to
its telephone number. I finally located a piece of paper in my wallet with
the hotel name and address on it. Apparently what I had was not the same
as what it used in the telephone book, because directory assistance could
not give the number to him. Then Edie remembered that the hotel desk clerk
had given me a business card. Back to the wallet... and there is the number!
We have our reservation! This man was very nice and patient through the
entire conversation. However this was an instance where Edie and I imagine
that he just wanted to say one of Kevin Kline's lines from the movie French
Kiss. "Les américains, you make my a-- twitch."
We returned the next day, properly attired, and had a very nice lunch.
The first course was cold chicken on a bed of greens with a sweet dressing.
The second course was rabbit with a béarnaise sauce and a few vegetables.
Dessert was berry pastries for me and something chocolate for Edie.
The Chaparral Theater Presents
THE ENCOUNTER - LA RENCONTRE
While we were in Paris we HAD to visit Disneyland Paris which is patterned
after Disneyland in California. There are a few minor differences, but
basically they have the same layout. Disneyland Paris has not changed the
Swiss Family Robinson tree house to a Tarzan tree house, but they do have
a new show.
Several months before our trip, we had received a flyer that advertised
a new Tarzan show called Disney's Tarzan: The Encounter and that was our
primary objective. This show is a half hour acrobatic musical of the Disney
Tarzan story. There are some similarities to Tarzan Rocks, but The Encounter
is different. In Tarzan Rocks the acrobatics are on roller blades and the
show is longer. In The Encounter the show is acrobatic dancing (without
wheels) into which the discovery of the baby, a little of Tarzan's life,
the encounter with the Porter expedition, and a musical score (mostly in
French) is interwoven.
I video taped the show and Edie did the still photography. Below are
some of the better still shots to give you an idea of the show. If it comes
to the U.S. or you have an opportunity to travel to Paris, we highly recommend
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