Photo TR: Chuck Looks Back at TPR's Europe Trip 2008

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Postby coaster05 » Tue Jul 08, 2008 8:42 pm

Great start Chuck, it is weird to think that was almost 3 weeks ago.

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Postby tnguy » Tue Jul 08, 2008 9:42 pm

Yes! I've been looking forward to a Chuck trip report from Europe. It's great so far.

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Postby JimmyBo » Tue Jul 08, 2008 9:44 pm

Great stuff so far Chuck and it's nice to see some members from the Yellow Hat Club present. As always, I love the captions for your pictures. Keep it up and I can't wait to see what you have to say about the parks because one's thing's for sure, you definitely tell it how it is in your trip reports.

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Postby cfc » Wed Jul 09, 2008 6:14 pm

Chapter 1: A Peek at What's to Come--Jardin d'Acclimatation

My jet-lagged brain started catching up to Parisian time the next day (Sunday, June 22), thanks to a welcome first chance to sleep in a bit. Jardin d'Acclimatation, a nice family park in the heart of Paris, gave us a "sneak preview" of what was to come--and a nice, low-key start to the whole TPR Europe Tour experience.

Jardin offered, in miniature, much of what to come at later parks: an interesting mix of coasters (three kiddies, in this case), pretty grounds, playground implements of doom and destruction that you'd never see in the states, and even a mini-taste of "ropes course action." (All it lacked was a quirky dark ride.) I enjoyed the place, and it gave everyone a chance to get in a few "warm-up" credits and check out a few Paris landmarks.

The most interesting coaster there was "Alice's Butterflies," a kiddie spinning mouse, which had a surprising pop of air on one drop and plenty of spinning (at least if you had a car to yourself). There was a powered coaster with a "surprise" drop into a tunnel that delivered quite a sucker punch, too. I missed the little dragon coaster, thanks to a lost ticket. (Oops.)

So, let's stroll through Jardin d'Acclamatation, shall we?
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First, two touching moments while waiting for the bus. "Chris, your armpit smells just like warm cinnamon buns!"
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Aw-w-w-w-w . . . Kidtums is helping that nice old man up the steps.
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And here we are. You have to pay to get in, then pay as you ride.
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Jardin is quite inclusive and diverse in its offerings. Here we see Disney's Genie getting acquainted with Terrytoons' Mighty Mouse.
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OK, break out your kill jars, mounting pins, and paraffin boards. It's time for Alice's Butterflies.
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I'm really not seeing the whole "butterfly" thing here, and Alice is nowhere in sight.
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These cars look more like angry stew pots than butterflies.
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Perhaps butterflies in France have big bushy eyebrows and large, multicolored pastel butts.
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Look--it's Rowan Atkinson's evil twin!
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The two cavemen are saying, "Wacky Races--represent! Hanna-Barbera in the house!"
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This little powered coaster packs a surprising punch, but where's Dick Dastardly and Muttley? Can't have Wacky Races without them.
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Kristie has slipped into a zen state, Piers is bemused, Melanie is amused, Rich is asleep, Jeff is dead, and Larry isn't sure what to make of any of this.
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Little do these people know the sucker punch that awaits them.
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Jeff, would you and the RCT pinball machine like to be alone? More to come from Jardin d'Acclimatation.
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Postby ParkTrips » Wed Jul 09, 2008 6:19 pm

Jeff don't smoke next to the baby!!!!

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Postby carolinacaniac » Wed Jul 09, 2008 6:21 pm

This park definately seems like one to visit when in the area. About how far from the central Paris area would you say it was?
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Postby cfc » Wed Jul 09, 2008 6:44 pm

While Jeff goes "tilt" with the pinball machine, let's check out more of what this charming little park has to offer.
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There are little gardens tucked all over this park. Looks like hobbits should live here.
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Pretty, but I wouldn't drink from this creek.
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There were plenty of animals, too, such as chickens (I guess the one on the right is "free range" and expensive), . . .
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. . . goats, . . .
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. . . turkeys, . . .
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. . . donkeys, and . . .
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. . . monkeys!
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See the monkeys climb? Climb, monkeys, climb!
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Here's the coaster I missed.
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Being as it killed Jeff, that's probably just as well.
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"Yum! Dragon like children--flame broiled!"
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"Hi kiddies! Come and play under the scary spider tree! If you're lucky, I'll paralyze you with my venom, spin a cocoon around you, and not eat you for weeks!"
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Hmm--I'll wager you won't be seeing this in any U.S. playgrounds.
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Nor this.
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Please God--tell me he thinks this is a large croquette he's licking and not, er, something else.
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"Hmm--this structure appears to be some sort of aviary."
"And it looks like a big bird house too, Skipper!"
"Shut up, Gilligan!"
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"OK, action! Do something interesting, Jeff!"
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We decided to amble down the street in search of food, and first found this. Definitely not food.
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Hmm--twin Bart Simpsons on different soccer, I mean football, teams?
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One last look at the Arc d'Triomphe. Next up--the park that shows us what tools the ancient Romans really were.
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Postby funkybadger » Wed Jul 09, 2008 7:52 pm

Chuck, this is a great trip report! I'm looking forward to more, and I was with you when you took all these photos!!! The captions are great too!

It's funny to see the pics and think, "Oh yeah, I remember where that was," or "Hey, I took that picture!" I have to wonder why there aren't pictures of those delicious Parisian pastries? Oh wait, because we ate them so quickly!

More antics! More nonsense! More Team Larry! :) Keep up the great work Chuck!

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Postby Carnage » Wed Jul 09, 2008 8:01 pm

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I remember a playground in my city used to have a similar tunnel system.

But it was removed along with any other kind of equipment that could possibly hurt a kid. Part of some province wide "playground saftey" blitz.

All they did though was flatten 3/4 of the playgrounds replacing them with nothing.
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Postby sfne2005 » Wed Jul 09, 2008 10:42 pm

How refreshing to see "different people" and not the same ones over and over again :lolr:. Does Team Larry have a theme song?
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