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Who is along for the ride???Still needing help on this INTERESTING trip

Old Mar 28th, 2013, 12:56 PM
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I am surprised that StCirq did not go into cardiac arrest when you said you were driving from Paris to Sarlat.

Even though I am a fan of Disneyland and live a few stone throws away from Disneyland USA I would not go there at the expense of more time in Sarlat. You have only 3 nights in Sarlat, right? So after putting mum on a plane to home, I suggest you skip Euro Disney , hop in your automatic drive car, buckle up the troops in the back seat, and drive to Sarlat. This will give you 6 days in Sarlat. You will not regret that decision!
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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 01:04 PM
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The kids are 2 and 4. 3 days, or even 2, are overkill for an amusement park. We had 1 very long day at Disneyland with our young grandsons last spring; it was enough. And I am sure that these young ones are going to love being dragged through champagne houses, if that is even possible, after napping in a car. Actually it sounds like they will be napping in cars or on trains for most of 9 weeks. Crazy.
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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 01:08 PM
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Agree with socialtraveler. I believe almost all the houses require reservations. There's a large champagne house in Épernay where you tour the caves in a little electric train, descending to them via a large elevator. It was years ago but I think there were kids on the tour.

Problem, can't remember the name--huge producer but not highly recognizable like Moët, Krug or Veuve Clicquot. Still, very good tour. Will try to come up with the name.
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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 01:22 PM
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<<I am surprised that StCirq did not go into cardiac arrest when you said you were driving from Paris to Sarlat.>>

No, I'm enjoying picturing that drive. Someone's going to go postal before they even reach the Orléans exit.
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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 05:16 PM
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I knew I was going to get some people upset! HOwever, for those who are interested:

London . . one fine stay . . . http://www.onefinestay.com/london/wh...ve/local-area/

It's over our budget but we think we can make it work and one fine stay was who I wanted right from the start of the journey . . .They have been wonderful and it looks like a little discount will be applied to help us out

The champagne houses . . all of them . . .have been fine with the children ages . . no restrictions for the ones we want and over here in WA when we go down south this is what we do . .go to winery after winery and our kids are fine! The only thing we are in the process of checking is not being part of a group tour so that it'll take longer etc

In regards to the drive
https://maps.google.com.au/maps?hl=en
We know its a long one but my husband would rather a drive on the highways then getting on and off trains with everything . . .most of you know this from previous threads.

We also have friends over here who took their kids to euro disney . . .twice . .the first time they only had a day pass and the second time they stayed on a 3 day package at a hotel. It works out much much cheaper when you would think if you stay there as the price of the ticket is included and the place we want to tay in at Paris can only have us for the 4 nights . . .again no money has been exchanged so yes this plan isn't final.

Sarlat were we are staying can't get us in for more then 4 days . . but that's ok . .we are happy with that.

I guess we could look at an overnight stay somewhere from euro disney to sarlat ... anyway as always those that are giving their time and energy to help me . .I thank you
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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 05:30 PM
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Trust me, we are not upset. And we have wineries in CA, I just don't see them as fun and/or appropriate touring destinations for children your age. When our children were older they would go with us, but they brought books and games, and would picnic outside the tasting rooms. That was my point. Again, not my trip, and by this point I am completely confused by who (mom, husband) is with you at any point. And I am not unfamiliar with the travel style in your country; my daughter is married to a Aussie, but when they take their young children home for a visit, they are happy with a family week at the beach.
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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 05:31 PM
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Disneyland Paris - for 3 days - w/ a two year old?

jeezelouise (!) (and yes, I've been to DL Paris) That is simply nutty. First of all the 4 yo can't go on everything and the 2 yo can't go on even more of the rides so no need at all for more than 1 full day there.

It is an easy day trip from central Paris by train - even w/ a stroller. PLEASE reconsider. (but we all know you will since the whole trip is a moving target)
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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 05:53 PM
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Hmmmm . . . 3night package including breakfast with the characters and lunch with a princess one day and a night show and then unlimited entry into either parks - €1 224.00

My daughter is taller then most 2year olds (96cm) she meets the hight requirement for the toddler town section.

We will keep this in mind though and yes you never know it might yet again change!
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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 06:48 PM
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That is still €400+ a day, with only one meal each day covered, and twice as much time as you need to spend with toddlers at a theme park. I fail to see the bargain. Tho you could take the kids back to the hotel for naps.
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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 07:01 PM
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Claire - I disagree with the others. I think Disneyland is a great idea. Of course they will not be able to go on most of the rides - but I am sure there are kiddy rides as well as street parades and shops you can have a look at. they will just love seeing the Disney characters walking past.

my son was three and a half when i went to disney with him and it was fine.

in your previous post you said:
Ok . . .yes we are having a leash but really only as a "if you don't hold my hand/walk next to me etc it will be put on"

trust me - put on the leash. i said the same to my son when he was nearly 4 and both times he said 'yes mum' and before i knew it he had taken off down a London Street. He did this twice and that was it. the harness did not come off!!!
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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 07:38 PM
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millie: >>Claire - I disagree with the others. I think Disneyland is a great idea. Of course they will not be able to go on most of the rides - but I am sure there are kiddy rides as well as street parades and shops you can have a look at. they will just love seeing the Disney characters walking past.<<

If you notice - I didn't suggest NOT going to DL. I think that is a fine idea for a family on this long a trip. My point was there are not 3 days worth of things that kids that age (especially a 2yo - even a 'tall' 2yo) can do. One day at DL and then back 'home' to central Paris on the train. Not only saves a TON of money - it saves packing an moving unnecessarily.
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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 08:11 PM
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What janis said about Disneyland was also my point; 3 days with todders is overkill IMHO, and I fail to see the bargain factor. Not my trip, so carry on.
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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 08:20 PM
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Yeah, 3 days in Disney is TOTAL overkill, especially when you're limiting Sarlat to 3 nights, but carry on - they'll probably be half-dead when they arrive in Sarlat anyway...and it's not like prehistoric caves are a big draw for a 2-year-old (and they won't even be able to navigate those sites with a stroller anyway - not sure what they're planning to do in the Dordogne - you can't really kayak with a 2-year-old or get much out of a visit to Castelnaud or Les Milandes with kids that young or enjoy the summer markets [talk about needing a leash!] - but I couldn't care less, let them wander).
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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 08:32 PM
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StCirq how long will the drive from Paris to Sarlat take? Is it all on six lane highways? Just curious.
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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 09:19 PM
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From via michelin:
Disney Paris to Sarlat
340 miles (306 on motorways)
5hrs 53 min (4hrs 41 min on motorways)
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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 09:34 PM
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If Claire and family got an early start to Sarlat, they could stop here:
http://www.gouffre-de-padirac.com/#/en
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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 10:04 PM
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Thanks dugi.
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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 11:01 PM
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Hi crazy - any chance of the hubby having some input? As a school principal, I imagine he shows leadership,is organised, can quickly assimilate a range of information, and make a decision in situations where he does nothave complete and perfect information?
Presumably he mostly gets this decision making right?

These are all great skills that you could apply to your benefit!

Good Luck!
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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 11:36 PM
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>>>>Not only saves a TON of money - it saves packing an moving unnecessarily.<<<<

Neither of which crazyfamilyof4 gives one whit about..
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>>><i>any chance of the hubby having some input? As a school principal, I imagine he shows leadership,is organised, can quickly assimilate a range of information, and make a decision in situations where he does nothave complete and perfect information?</i>

That would make far too much sense..
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