The Chateau at Sunset

One of the most magical moments of my vacation to Europe last year occurred around sunset of the day I spent at Disneyland Paris.  A bout of good fortune brought some spectacular skies just as I was around the middle of the park as the sun was setting, and the warm golden light cast a magical glow over the park.  I quickly hustled over to Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant--Disneyland Paris' Sleeping Beauty Castle--and soaked in the incredible atmosphere that stood before me.  Here, a fantasy castle was bathed in heavenly glow, while the overcast skies of the morning had given way to oversized cottonballs above dabbing across a canvas of azure.  The scene was positively divine, and after I allowed myself a moment to absorb it all, I set about snapping scenes to capture the moment. 

The sun sets over the Disneyland Paris castle.
Editing these photos reminded me of that wondrous time.  The combination of that magical light and this dreamscape around me was ethereal, and when I look at these pictures now, I'm reminded of how fortunate I was to have been able to experience this moment.  Certainly, back when I was in high school half a lifetime ago, I never imagined being able to visit these amazing places I had read about.  But life has a way of taking you along for unexpected journeys, and I feel extremely blessed to have participated in this one.

The gentle sunlight caresses the castle in the waning afternoon.
These photos capture ambiance as much as they portray something monumental.  It is my hope that they impart a bit of the emotion I felt on that wonderful day.  And hopefully, people reading this blog have or will also one day be able to experience this firsthand.

Sunset. Glorious time.  Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant head on.


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