Finally! After two years of doing trips with TPR, and 4 official trips, I am finally getting around to doing an actual trip report for an actual trip, and not just for an event!
Amy and I had a blast on the TPR Europe 2010 trip. We flew from Reno to Chicago, Chicago to Dublin, Dublin to London, London to Milan, took a bus all over Europe, train from Amsterdam to Paris, Paris to Dublin, Dublin to Chicago, Chicago to Reno. That was a lot of traveling, and we were absolutely dead when we returned. In fact, just last week and over 14 weeks later, I finally unpacked the final item of the trip! We had a great time meeting up with some old friends, and made a lot of new friends. We now have more friends that live in the UK, than friends we have here in Reno! (Yes, we are loosers with not too many firends
). I gained approximately 8 pounds over the two weeks, which was really good considering how much I ate. I really wish Gelato would take off in the US, especially the soft serve kind! It was incredible! Anyway, on to day one!Pre-Trip Day One/Two/I have no idea what day it is: Flying to Jolly old England and a cultural visit of the land of London!Day Two: Thorpe Park add-on, and Wagamama's!Day Three: Gardaland, a UFO, and sleeping/laying everywhere!Day Four: Mirabilandia! iSpeed, how the dinosaurs got extinct, an epic splash battle, and a money shot VIDEO!!!Day Five: Movieland Studios, the Tunnel of Death, and Drunk Piers! VIDEO of Day Five! Movieland Studios log ride, Magma 2, Stalker Edward, Octopus rat balls clip, Toy Story 3 discussion with KidTums, and a night at the bar with Piers! *WARNING - Bar Scene Contains A Few Offensive Words*Day Six: Part 1 of 2. Blue Fire, E Coli ride, and Bull Sacks!Day Six Video! Euro Mir, Euro Sat, Mariachi Band, and Ciao Bambino!Day Six: Part 2 of 2! Europa Park: Warped dark rides, Foosball Soccer Bumper Cars, Murdering Clowns, and the best of Derek!Day Seven: Leaving Europa Park, and on to Olympia Looping and the Wurzberg Fair. Awesome food, rides, and drunkenness!VIDEO of Day Seven! The most un-epic POV's of all time, Morgan's TPR rap, Polka, Men Rubbing and climbing poles, Piers Karaoke, and Elissa dominating a massive pole!Day Eight: Phantasialand, What's in Derek's lap, Haircuts by Piers, and more Disney Copies!Day Nine: Efteling, naked people, George and the Dragon, and of course some Piers!Day Nine B: At the bar with Piers!Day Ten: Culture Day at Paris! The Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triumphe, Louvre, and Notre Dame!Day Eleven and Twelve: Disneyland Paris Resort Part 1!THE FINAL PHOTO UPDATE!!! Part 2 of Paris Disneyland! (There might be a few videos to add)
To make sure we didn't miss the trip, we started out two days early. We flew to Chicago on June 24th, and was able to stay at our friend Drew's apartment (Screen name: ChicagoAG, but AG does not stand for Attorney General. He's much too ethical and honest to be Chicago's AG.). We met him on last years Deep South trip, and had a great time. So, it's alway a crap shoot when staying at someones house at the first time. Sometimes it's not nearly as nice as you've been told. However, in this case, we were totally blown away. I had no clue what to expect. We arrived by subway and are walking our luggage through an area that looks like a business district. I finally see the building that has the address and go, no way this is it, this is way to nice (for an apartment building, and yes, too nice for Andrew as well
). Anyway, he has one of the nicest apartments I have ever seen, and it has the most spectacular view of the Sears Tower and Soldier Field! He also has a cool model train business he runs, so Amy and I were having fun looking at all the minatures. His store is at www.blackforesthobby.com
), but I know there are some model builders here, one was on our trip, so he's got a bunch of cool stuff to spruce up those models. Anyway, not to intrude on their privacy, I have only included one picture with the Sears Tower, but it was incredible! Thanks Drew! We also met his girlfriend/fiance Kristen/Kiki/Keeks/Loves to yell at stupid drivers, and we all hit it off really well. She didn't do the trip with us, but we did meet up with her in Paris at the end of the trip so you will 'meet' her later. We also met up with Alfredo( smells_like_team_disney_) also from Deep South, and had a really fun night catching up! So Amy, Alfredo, Andrew, and I were off to Europe! This day is all about culture, so many of you may just want to wait until we post Day 2, Thorpe Park.A HUGE THANK YOU TO ELISSA FOR HELPING US PLAN OUR TOUR THROUGH LONDON!!!!!! SHE IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING AT WHAT SHE DOES, AND SHE IS ABSOLUTELY THE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE TRAVEL AGENT THERE IS!