Parental Geekery
Episode 58 - The Disneyland Paris Special Edition

Well, we're back after taking a couple of week away from podcasting for our Easter break, and today's show is unashamedly dedicated to our Disneyland Paris holiday that we took in that time.

We talk about the booking process, and why we made the choices that we did in terms of transportation and accomodation. We stayed at the Davy Crockett Ranch which, although technically a Disney hotel, is about 15 minutes drive away from the parks. This meant that we had to drive all the way. We cover the practicalities of a long drive with our kids, and also what we thought of breaking the journey with an overnight stay at the Premier Inn in Dover.

Then we move onto the serious business of the Disneyland Paris experience. From Dreams, the firework and light show spectacular to the parades to the rides we talk about all the things we got up to. Our absolute favourite ride was the Ratatouille ride. Three out of the four of us loved the Rock and Roller Coaster as well (poor David was too short to ride this one). There was a mixed reaction to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror - find out which of us would be prepared to ride it again and which wouldn't.

As far as meals are concerned we loved the character interactions at Cafe Mickey, the Auberge de Cendillon and Inventions. We also talk about the meal plans offered by Disney and whether they're a good buy or not.

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Episode 57 - Soap and Water

It's time for another episode of Parental Geekery, where husband and wife team John and Ruth chat about whatever geeky parental things are on their mind, which appears to start with soap and water this week.

John's been away for a long weekend in Holland, staying in Port Zelande Center Parcs and watching his favourite band, Marillion. Meanwhile Ruth stayed at home with the kids, and wonders if John will ever forgive them for going to see Home without him. She gives a quick review for any parents considering taking kids to see it.

Catherine spent a night away from home on a school residential trip to a nearby outdoor educational centre. She had a great time. Ruth and John talk about her concerns before going, which mostly centred around the fact that she was expected to make her own bed, including putting the duvet into the duvet cover. Ruth was relieved to find a video showing a simple way to put a duvet cover on.

We've had listener feedback from Rob this week, who left feedback on the last show talking about the Apple Watch and the USB port in the new MacBook.

And while we're talking about pretty laptops, we've just discovered the new Hewlett Packard Stream, which everyone in the family seems to want! Whilst Ruth works with Hewlett Packard for her blog that only covers printers, and we have no vested interest in talking about this laptop. Whilst we're talking about that we briefly mention an upcoming trip to London for a Hewlett Packard press event to learn more about their printers.

We talk about the recent news that Nintendo are going into the mobile gaming market.

We finish off talking about John's new photography challenge - he's doing a project 365 this year. He's posting his photos on BlipFoto, but is also using a new withknown.com blog to keep copies of all his pictures. We talk about what withknown.com is, and why it's useful.

Make sure you don’t miss our future episodes! You can subscribe via iTunes,Stitcher or YouTube. We are also now available on MixCloud. We’d love it if you were to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and circle us on Google+. Come and join in the discussion on our Google+ community. We are always pleased to hear from you – please leave comments on the blog post for this episode, contact us by email, or leave us a voicemail via the website or Facebook page. If you enjoy listening to the show, please leave a review for us on iTunes

Direct download: PG057.mp3
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