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Why Frantaglais? Well, I came up with this title as my posts, from time to time, will be en français (in French), en anglais (in English), and/or en Tagalog, my mother tongue. In any case, you find my writing weak, just bear with me please or leave. This is my blog after all. No one forces you to read it.

dimanche, août 28, 2005

A day au Parc Astérix

Summer vacation is almost over. Most of the schools in France are already open and some of the kids are now back to school. For Koko and Cléms the new school year will start on the 2nd of September. So, time for homeworks and early mornings again! Whew, at least I did enjoy the luxury of late nights and lie-ins during their vacation. What irritates me is that the month of August will be over in a few days and it's only now that the temperature rises, now that the holidays come to an end! We really didn't have a single day that we can consider a 'hot summer day'. Normally, in the north of France, the temperatures in the summer especially in August average about 28° C but since the beginning of the month, the only average temperature's been about 15° C and we're most of the times obliged to put a sweatshirt on when going out. Last Friday, exceptionally, the temperature rised to 22° C, and we decided at the last minute: took this chance to spend the day at Parc Astérix.

Parc Astérix is a large theme park based on the adventures of the popular French comic book hero, Astérix the Gaul. Have you heard of it? Well, to tell you the truth, if it were not for GGiant's grand collection of Astérix hardbound comic books, I wouldn't know that "he" has been as popular as Lucky Luke and Tintin. Prior to this, I had never heard of it. Strange ... I used to spend hours hanging out at the National Bookstore when I was still in high school but I never came across any Astérix books. Ohh, maybe it's because I didn't go to any section other than Romance in this bookstore. In fact, I was a secret Mills and Boon addict. It's just that books like these weren't allowed in the house or my mother would confiscate them (tsk, tsk, there wasn't much going on in those books really, some heavy pettings at the most).

Oh, where was I? Ah, yes ... Astérix. For those who haven't heard of this comic book character, let me enlighten you a little about "him". Ok, Astérix the Gaul is the inspired creation of Renè Goscinny (he's also the renowned author of Lucky Luke and Iznogood) in collaboration with Albert Uderzo, his illustrator. Together in 1959 they set out to create a humorous character set in Roman Times. The Gauls, of course, were the people that inhabited France before the Roman invasion. Astérix, a defiant Gaul, for whom, surrender to the Romans was out of the question, no way! So, he would always ask Panoramix, the village's druid, to brew a magic potion that draws supernatural strength with which he can defeat the Romans, at times defying Julius Caesar. So, with the help of the magic potion, the village where Astérix lived wasn't conquered by the Romans. The story sounds simple but the realization of Goscinny and Uderzo was quite outstanding. It's not just a mere comic book am telling you, Astérix, together with his best friend Obélix will make your belly ache with laughter. From what I last heard, less than two hundred million copies of Astérix comic books had been sold. There were also several feature length films that had been made, remember Gérard Depardieu as Obélix?

Parc Astérix opened its doors in 1989. It is very French in nature and you can see features/aspects of French history and culture depicted throughout the park. It is located just off the A1 Autoroute, about 35 kms. north of Paris in the middle of a protected forest. The best thing is, it's only 10 minutes drive from where we live, cool, eh? There are around 30 rides to suit all ages, from gentle kids rides to a wooden gigantic roller coaster called Tonnerre de Zeus, it's about 30 meters high reaching a speed of up to 80 kilometers per hour, that makes it onto most lists of the best theme park rides in the world - absolutely not for the fainthearted! Definitely not for me, I almost threw up just after trying the Oxygenarium, a spinning 'rapids' ride in a large circular liferaft. It is one of the water rides and there are actually lots of them, that's why it is ideal to visit the park during not-so-cold days as getting soaking wet is also part of the fun and is also the reason why the park is open only from April to October, unlike the Disneyland which is open all year round. And if you want a break from the rides, there are also plenty of shows. Cléms favorite was the Dolphin show, well I don't know exactly what dolphins had to do with Astérix except that we had fun watching them! One day is not really enough to see and experience all these attractions and rides.
L'entrée de Parc Astérix

Le Vieux (The old) Paris


Menhir Express

Les Chaises Volantes (The Flying Chairs)

Une maison Gauloise (A Gallic house)

Astérix, Clémentix et Obélix

Tired as we were, despite aching feet, we were happy at the end of the day. Le Parc Astérix was a thrill every minute with Gallic wit and charms, offering the ultimate fun-filled day out for everyone!


  • At 12:01 PM, Blogger Major Tom said…

    Clearly, Park Asterix can easily compare with Disneyland. Asterix story is quite adventorous and heroic. maybe one day it could be more popular globally than it is today.

  • At 12:17 PM, Anonymous Jenifer said…

    Hi Bokbok! OMG, I've always wanted to visit Parc Asterix, but that would mean 6 hours drive from where we are! That would also mean that we need to stay in one of the hotels nearby to at least see all the attractions. Or maybe you can accomodate us? hihi...

  • At 2:24 PM, Blogger Beng said…

    Hi Boks,

    I can imagine your aching feet. I was with KC in Disneyworld, Orlando and I experienced the same. Parc Asterix looks great...hmmm, we might visit there one day if Gillian is old enough . How far is it from your place?

  • At 7:19 PM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    yes, major tom, there is actually some kind of a Theme Park "war" - Astérix against Mickey Mouse. And it seems that the Gauls are winning the battle. Though Mickey gets more visitors than Asterix, it's Astérix who's in profit.

    Jenifer, hello! There's a hotel called Hotel des Trois Hiboux, but sure welcome na welcome kayo, wag lang buong angkan hane? haha! ;)

    Benggay! hi! Grabe ka tita, lumalayo ka pa e me Disney naman dito! Visit Parc Astérix, you'll enjoy the athmosphere. It's less expensive and has more attractions compared to Disney.
    About 3-4 kms. lang ang park from here, mader, sabay pasyal ka na rin dito! o say? ;)

  • At 9:33 PM, Blogger Analyse said…

    cutie naman ng clems! haven't been there, but well, probably in few years, pag me sasamahan na kami hehe...been to eurodisney and it was frenchguy who couldn't really stomach all those rides, mahiluhin ang lolo, so we just accompanied the kids (his nephew and niece) while his sis and bro-inlaw enjoyed almost all the rides...kami, hanggang small world lang ahhaah..

  • At 10:46 PM, Blogger Beng said…

    I was with KC in Euro Disney way back 1998. Yon yong kapanahunan na kami lang ng mga bata.

    I have a sis in Orlando who live not fra from Disney kaya kami napadaan doon. Hayaan mo Bok in a few years...tiyak punta ka mi riyan. Humanda ka :)

  • At 8:42 AM, Blogger Atinna said…

    Aloha FoxsheBokshe, I'd die riding one of those loop-a-loop rides, mahina ang sikmura ko 'day. We were in Euro Disney a few years ago pero yung kiddie rides lang sinakyan ko worried kasi ako na baka bumaliktad ang sikmura ko eh mag-shower ng wala sa oras yung nasa baba ko hahaha...wawa naman my hubsypoopsy at mag-isa lang sumasakay sa mga "scary" rides habang ako ay kumakaway-kaway lang habang naghihintay sa ground. Pasyal na kayo nila my darling Clementine dito mamaluv!

  • At 9:05 AM, Anonymous Big BoK said…

    Hey.. Bokbok,
    I just love the look of your beautiful daughter..! so beautiful..!! must be just like mama.. ;)

  • At 2:51 PM, Blogger Alina said…

    Boks, I simply love Asterix and Obelix! And trust me, seeing the cartoon series made me forget about the pain of reading "De Bello Gallico" and actually translating most of it...:)) I am exagerating of course, it really was not that bad, being part of the Lating Gurus club :)

  • At 7:58 PM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    thanks, Ana!

    small world... are you sure di kayo nahilo? haha!
    favorite ni Cléms yan, she's been singing the song lately en nous disant qu'elle a hâte de revoir les poupées. ;)

    Ah, oki madame Bengski. No problem tita, hintay lang ako dito! Ipagluluto kita, pramis! ;)

    Atinna, kumusta? bakit baga ang iyong kabyutihan ay bigla na lang nagdidisappear sa mundo ng kabobloghan?
    preho tayo tita, di lang mahina sikmura ko, yan ang kinakatakot ko lalo na, ang mag-shower ng wala sa oras. hehe ;)
    Oh, le Japon... Ah oui, atat na nga eh, ipon muna hehehe...

  • At 11:20 PM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    Thanks, BigBok! ;)
    must be just like mama...euh... I doubt it, big-time. ;)

    No, Kayla, really???
    What a coincidence, haha! So, you got to translate JC's rants and raves? *LOL*

    So, how's work? Quite busy these past few days, eh? Like Owzy...


  • At 8:53 AM, Anonymous thess said…

    boxy me love, thanks for sharing the asterix story, I think I will ransack husband's comic book collection and see if he's got this book ( i still read garfield and archie's books, so why not asterix, divah? ;) )
    re: mills & boon - nostalgic! together w/ an aunt, we have a collection of perhaps 150 pieces, addicted 'lam mo na ;) weather..pareho pala tayo ng 'summer' :-(

    cherie, good to know that you and the rest of the family had fun during your day out..

    .here's wishing you a lovely day

  • At 2:50 PM, Blogger Analyse said…

    hehe, im sure it's clems way of saying ... waaaaaaaaaaaah! je voudrais revisiter eurodisney!!!

  • At 7:14 PM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    with pleasure, thess ma dear!

    hehe, so you were a M&B addict din pala ha?
    I find it so cute that you still read cartoon books, nice to know that I'm not alone - cos like you, I'm still a kid at heart. Not only that I love and worship (oh yes, to that extent haha!) Harry Potter, I also love playing games on the playstation.

    ma dear, hope you're feelin' much better now... ;)

    haha! Ana, sinabi mo pa! kulit nito!

    et bientôt kayo rin, you'll see, hehe... ;)

  • At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Jenifer said…

    Lol! Really? What a pity, I already thought of bringing the whole colony, hihihi! Btw, you want something from here? I mean, our specialties here, I know you miss something...

    Also, check your email! :-)

  • At 10:38 PM, Anonymous Anonyme said…

    How do you do it?! Great post, keep up the good work.

    Best Wishes,

  • At 9:40 AM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    thanks for your email, jen.

    ah yes, you know what i miss, hein? yes, a steaming sauerkraut with half a dozen types of sausages! euh, and smoked meats too! hmmmm... now can you hear my stomach growling? haha!

  • At 1:37 PM, Blogger Me said…

    Hello Bokbok,
    Just wanted to tell you that I'm an Egyptian who was raised in a British School ... and I've been reading Asterix since I was 8 (in English)... and I've collected all the little dolls of him, obelix and the other characters from kinder chocolate ( the egg)!! I simply loved the comic !!

  • At 2:28 PM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    Thanks for stopping by and taking time leaving a comment, Me. ;)

    Ah, Kinder - my kids love that too, hehe. Not really for the chocolate but for the surprise toy haha!

    Glad you can relate cos I know, Astérix, though very popular in Europe, is not (really that famous) internationally. Oh, I really don't know, maybe I'm mistaken... By the way, did you see the movie, Astérix et Obélix: Mission Cleopatra?


  • At 9:46 PM, Blogger bart said…

    hi... i've loved the stories, ever since i was at school when we used them during our french lessons, the wordplays and hidden sub-themes were a wonderful source of laughter in class :D ... i'm glad they've made a theme park for the whole concept (but just hoping they haven't made it too tacky)

    i had the good fortune to meet mr uderzo in 1985 in paris during a signing/drawing session, it was great fun and a very funny experience, all the terribly serious and important people falling over themselves trying to be noticed and uderzo making a bit of fun of them in his drawings in the same way he'd made his comics... a wonderful experience :D

  • At 4:48 PM, Anonymous Anonyme said…

    Been there last year but we were not able to do all the rides and we're thinking of going there again next weekend. Fortunately, the temperatures seem to be cooperating.
    We just love Tonnerre de Zeus, dommage you didn't post any picture.

    Dominique & Kyle de Trocadéro

  • At 4:48 PM, Anonymous thess said…

    dear bok, am ok now, thanks for leaving me heartfelt messages each time.
    .. i'm not ashamed to admit that i still watch cartoons and yep, I've a playstation too, he he..i don't want to lose that kid in me, the uncomplicated side..oui?
    cherie, have a fine weekend..kisses to you and your little angels, especially the youngest (nakakagigil na bata, bakit ang ganda-ganda kasi!!)
    (ps. I wish I brought some M&B books here *sigh* )

  • At 4:25 PM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    hi, bart!
    how was the vacation? ;)

    so, astérix's popular in australia?

    you were so lucky meeting mr. uderzo, he's a discreet person. though very popular, just can't see him everywhere, not even on tv.

    you should bring your kids to the parc asterix, it's not at all tacky haha! you'll see...

    dom & kyle, hello!

    sorry for not posting T. de Zeus' photo. since it's one of the scary roller coasters certain to upset even the strongest stomachs, we didn't dare try it and taking a photo just didn't come to mind.

    have a good time at parc astérix and thanks for passing by! ;)

    ma chere thess, c'est normal, labs kita and you know it.

    Have a great week and try to relax, yeah... you should have brought some of your books here tapos pahiram mo sa kin hehe.

    e kanino pa nga ba magmamana ang cléms?
    .... e di sa kanyang ama! haha!
    take care ma dear! ;)

  • At 9:17 AM, Blogger Liesl said…

    seemed like fun :D
    I should go there once...

  • At 10:07 AM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    Yes, you should, Liesl! You won't regret it! ;)

    Thanks for the visit! ;)

  • At 8:47 AM, Anonymous thess said…

    oui cheire, is hould have brought 'em books, sana I could send your way too..
    psst, hawig nyo both ni giant si cléms, perfect combination ^_^
    i'm having a busy week, but a good about you dearie?

  • At 9:49 AM, Anonymous jenifer said…

    Hey Bok, what's up? Busy? :)

  • At 4:06 PM, Blogger Alina said…

    Oui. Boks, je suis tres occupee! Mais je suis pres de connaitre tout ce qu'est necessaire pour pouvoir me debrouiller! Mon Francais n'est pas tres bon, je sais, mais la derniere fois que je l'ai pratique c'etait il y a quatre ans! So bare with me. The accents are due to the English keyboard. The rest of the mistakes are strictly because of me! :)

  • At 12:13 PM, Anonymous Anonyme said…

    busy little bee... bon courage
    and don't forget my exposition in Bastille! great people coming! counting on (both of) you...bring les enfants along.

    à vendredi!

  • At 3:02 PM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    Hi Thess, Jen and Kayla,

    How are you doin' ladies? Well, mommy boks's quite busy at the moment. Now that the school year has started, I've been busy running here, there and everywhere. haha!

    hey, kayla, crois moi, tu parles super bien le français!!! ;)

    à bientôt mesdemoiselles!


  • At 3:09 PM, Blogger Bokbok said…


    ne t'inquite pas. we'll be there. rassure toi, everything's gonna be fine. ce n'est pas la premiere fois, alors cooool! d'accord? bisous et à vendredi! esperons qu'il ne va pas pleuvoir...


  • At 5:05 PM, Blogger Atinna said…

    FoxyBok, di mo pala ko matagpuan's my new addy:

    kumusta na mamasang? mukang bisi tayo ah!?

  • At 9:55 AM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    at last! whoa!!!

    glad to hear from you, atinna.

    oui, busy ang nanay foxyboxy tapos sira pa computer, di ko tuloy ma-update ang aking bloggie... hu hu...

    see you! ;)

  • At 7:26 PM, Blogger Naomi said…

    hi there momsy! Summer here in Toronto is almost over too, medyo malamig na sa hapon. Manginginig na naman ang bagang ko nito!

  • At 9:49 PM, Blogger Analyse said…

    bokskie, how are you deary, still with your pc probs? how's clems rentrée à l'école..matraffic na naman hehe, obvious na kids are back! kisses and have a nice week ahead!

  • At 5:13 PM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    naoms & ana, helllloooo!

    kumusta mga bakla? nyehehehe...

    eto, busy, since pasukan na naman. ang kulit pa ng panahon, malamig sa umaga super init naman sa hapon di ko tuloy alam kung paano ko bibihisan si cléms.

    ayan, nakapag-post na ako finally, nakasingit ako! hehe... pinagtyagaan ko computer ni seb, ang kulit ng browser nya (IE), ayaw 'mag-appear' ng French characters. kainis... ;)

    ingat ladies.

    momsy bokskie


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