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

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Postby TPDave » Thu Jul 10, 2008 12:36 am

No, but next year team shirts could be on the agenda :)

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Postby mombat » Thu Jul 10, 2008 1:39 pm

Team Larry shirts would have no sleeves, of course, and should have something on them about the right to bare arms.

Terrible pun, but someone had to do it! :lmao:

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Postby nay » Thu Jul 10, 2008 5:24 pm

Awesome TR! Your captions are cracking me up. :lmao: I'm looking forward to seeing the rest!

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Postby Mechanic » Thu Jul 10, 2008 6:34 pm

I always enjoy the varying degrees of subtlety and innuendo in your captions. The pictures are, as usual, very nice and convey a sense of the experience.

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Postby cfc » Fri Jul 11, 2008 5:46 am

carolinacaniac wrote: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?


I'm not sure about how far it was to "central Paris," but there was a subway station nearby. And if you were up for a bit of a street hike, you could walk to the Arc de Triomphe.

I'm glad everybody's enjoying the TR so far. I'll post Parc Asterix (a park I liked a lot) this weekend.
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Postby olimonn » Fri Jul 11, 2008 6:52 am

Le Jardin d'Acclimatation is located on the side of the Bois de Boulogne nearly outside of the legal bounds of Paris. It is however beyond the Boulevard Périphérique (Paris' ring that more or less defines the "official" Paris) . It's accessible by the most touristic subway line of Paris: Line 1. This means you have direct access to the park from touristically popular locations such as the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysées, Place de la Concorde, the Louvre Museum, or Chatelet and Notre Dame Cathedral. The Station is "Les Sablons" and you have to walk about 150m through a classy surburbian neighbourhood to get to the park.

If you want to do the whole touristic thing (and want to be sure not to get lost :D), get down at Porte Maillot and take the small train that will take you through the woods of Bois de Boulogne to the entrance of the park.

According to the website of Paris public transportations, it take less than half an hour with the subway from the Louvre which is located in what could be called 'Central Paris'.

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Postby Liseberg4ever » Fri Jul 11, 2008 7:03 am

Great photo's Chuck!
and shame on Jeff!! :x

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Postby PhantomNick » Fri Jul 11, 2008 8:20 am

Thanks Chuck, this is a great trip report so far!! The photos are great, and the captions are even better! Funny stuff, especially those ones for the gargoyles. :lolr:

All I can say is wow, these mega-TPR trips look to be incredible. The Alveys really seem to put together amazing trips. I need to save up some cash so that the future wife and I can go on one of these trips to Europe. I mean, sightseeing plus coasters - who could ask for anything more?

(Incidentally, it was great to see some faces to go with a couple usernames I've gotten to know pretty well on other sites. Yep, I'm talkin' about you, Larry and Rich - aka larrygator and coaster05.)

I'm glad you all had a great time. Team Larry rules! :)
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Postby cfc » Sat Jul 12, 2008 2:05 pm

Chapter 2: All Gaul Is Divided into Three Parts, All of Them Wacky—Parc Asterix

I learned three valuable history lessons at TPR’s first “official” park of the Europe trip (Monday, June 23, 2008):

    1. Caesar and his vaunted Roman legions were even more inept than Colonel Klink and Sgt. Schultz.
    2. The gods of ancient Rome (who were stolen from the gods of ancient Greece—let’s be honest here) liked “exciting” underpants.
    3. Cavemen invented the bobsled.

Yes, I learned so much about the ancient world at Parc Asterix, and had a great time learning it. The inspiration for the place is an old French comic strip about the exploits of Asterix, a little Gaul warrior with a handlebar moustache and horned helmet, and his big, rotund buddy, who I think is named Menhir. Anyway, they both possess superpowers and spend most of their time harassing and thrashing Emperor Caesar’s invading legions.

This quirky, very nicely themed park (on a par with the Busch parks) got the trip off to a great start with ERT on its two best coasters. Here they are, from best to worst:

Tonnere de Zeus—This is a very good woodie, with a twisty layout and an out-of-control feeling (at least the day that we were there). There’s plenty of airtime, and despite a rough patch here and there, it’s very re-rideable. I liked it a lot.

Trace du Hourra—This is, as many have said, the only Mack Bobsled that isn’t themed to be a “bobsled.” It’s a coaster as conceived by a bunch of bored cavemen, and I think it’s the biggest, tallest, and best of the Mack Bobsleds. Lots of fun as it whips around those turns and through those helices.

Le Vol D’Icare—A fun family coaster with winged cars themed to the story of Icarus (the boy who flew too close to the sun). It brakes a bit hard, so be careful lest you crack open your kneecaps.

Periferix—Family mine-train coaster that’s OK for what it is.

Gouderix—Is this really the worst steel coaster ever, as stated in the annual Hawker poll? Well, there are a few SLCs that would give it a run for its money, but this uncomfortable, rough, Vekoma looper and twister is definitely in the bottom five.

La Ronde des Rondins—Wee coaster for kiddies and credit whores only.

Parc Asterix has a good mix of other attractions. Le Defi de Cesar is an OK madhouse with a great preshow, which gives us insight into how desperate the Romans were to take out Asterix. (Hey, they drafted TPR members to join their legions—that’s really scraping the bottom of the barrel.) Transdemonium is one wacked-out dark ride (with some coasterish moments) about evil demon puppets. The Menhir Express is a very good flume ride that will leave you soaked. L’Oxygenarium is a spinning raft ride with a strange “Jules Verne” look that won’t soak you at all. There’s also a boat ride through the world of Asterix, which involves lots of Romans getting beaten up.

Here’s a look at Parc Asterix.
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"Who are these people? Don't they know the park isn't open yet? And why did they bring two pimps?"
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"Hey, pimpin' aint easy!"
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Neither is copyediting your shirt. ;)
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"Yeah! It takes a real man to run around in the broiling sun with a purple shag carpet on his head!"
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"Home at last," sighs Louise.
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First up, ERT on the Mack caveman coaster.
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Here we see the failed prototype train.
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OK--who's ready to ride it Neanderthal style?
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Whee! Who knew cavemen led such interesting lives?
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That's my old UK Trip roomie, Jeff. He's back and ready for action, baby!
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"Bring it on! Neanderthal! Cro Magnon! Any style you want! I'll ride it!"
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"What? Whaddaya mean it's the last train for ERT?"
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Behold, a brief glimpse of the pain that is to come. Great view of the park, though.
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At last--ridin' it caveman style.
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Then evacin' it, caveman style.
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Yes, that's (shudder!) Gouderix! Why are evil Vekomas always so damn photogenic? More to come from Parc Asterix.
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Postby cfc » Sat Jul 12, 2008 2:35 pm

Again, thanks for all the nice comments so far, folks. It's always good to know that somebody's reading.
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Time to ride Tonnere de Zeus--and to "pay homage" to the father of all the gods.
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"Wretched mortal! I shall smite thee mightily!"
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Oh, yeah? Well, smite this, pal! I ain't the one with a polka-dot crotch.
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Nice station ya got here, Zeus. But, what--no polka dots?
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Ha, ha! Zeus got polka-dot undies!
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Looks like the ladies are ready to ride--as is Shane. Maybe the polka-dot briefs aren't such a bad idea after all.
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Well, he is the father of the gods. I guess he can wear anything he wants.
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He does have a kick-ass coaster.
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I went off to take this picture and lost track of Team Larry. Oops.
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Seems like everybody wanted footage of Vol d'Icare. Get any good shots, Brian?
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Special? Or sad and pathetic? You make the call.
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"First, Gouderix tenderizes them . . .
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. . . then I get to scarf 'em down! Yum, yum!"
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As usual, the loop is the least-painful element.
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Gouderix tried to kill me. It nearly succeeded.
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Jeff had the credit so he didn't ride. But even being near Gouderix was enough to drive the poor bugger mad! And we're not done with Asterix yet--stay tuned.
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