Another day at Epcot World Showcase and another selection of countries to visit – we decided to opt for France first of all.
Strolling across the Pont des Arts footbridge with the Eiffel Tower in the background, it did feel a little like the waterfront of the Seine with flower carts and artists around.
The French pavilion is supposed to reflect Paris and its ambiance during the Belle Epoque. Various different styles of architecture were in evidence and we strolled through a tree lined courtyard to the Eiffel Tower. This is an exact one tenth scale replica of the real thing and was apparently built using Eiffel’s original blueprints.
Son especially enjoyed browsing in all the shops here and we all appreciated Impressions de France – a film showcasing the different regions of the country with a soundtrack of French classical music. It lasted about 15 minutes and was shown in the lovely Palais de Cinema. Spectacular views of Cannes, the Seine and the Alps amongst other places whetted our appetites for a French expedition some time soon.
Son’s highlight though was the Serveur Amusant acrobats – a really fun and funny street show with a mix of comedy and acrobatic stunts. They even picked him from the crowd to help out a little – he was more than happy about that.
After France we made our way to Morocco. The pavilion there is designed to look like a Moroccan city, all brightly coloured with lots of nooks and crannies. Mouth-wateringly delicious aromas were wafting from the restaurant but we resisted. A peek in the recreation of a Moroccan house was interesting and we loved mooching around the souk. An incredible carpet shop full of wall hangings, rugs and prayer mats was my highlight. Son bought himself a puppet with some holiday cash and tried out a fez for size.
We watched some talented Moroccan dancers accompanied by a band playing traditional music – a fitting end to our time in Morocco.
Last but not least we had just enough time to take a quick walk around Japan and immerse ourselves in all things Japanese before calling it a day.