The best place to begin any vacation is Paris. It’s such a beautiful city! Plenty to see and do before boarding the ship at a dock near the Eiffel Tower.
The first port of call is Vernon and Giverny to visit the home and amazing gardens of Claude Monet – a MUST see. Time to relax as we cruise to Caudebec. Beautiful village and I recommend the “Honfleur Tour”. This marvelous port on the Atlantic is breathtakingly beautiful. Fantastic restaurants and places to dine, drink and browse in lovely shops.
The “D-Day Remembered” tour visits the U.S. Cemetery at Omaha Beach, Swords Beach where the British landed and Juno Beach where the Canadians came ashore – all on June 6th, 1944 for the enormous Invasion of Normandy. This is a moving, deeply emotional day.
On the upriver return to Paris we stopped at Rouen, the capital of Normandy famous for its still standing and occupied 13th century half-timbered houses. We had a delicious lunch at La Couronne, where Julia Child fell in love with French cooking and Joan of Arc took her last breath. This restaurant has been open since 1345!
Finally we climbed the castle of Richard the Lionheart called Chateau Gaillard, high above the Seine. Back in Paris we spent hours in the unbelievable Musee D’Orsay, where many Claude Monet and other Impressionist paintings are on display, depicting many of the places we’d just been!
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sailed on AmaLyra