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Rouen, France: a day trip to Normandy from Paris

Although there is a transportation strike going on in Paris, there are a very limited number of Metro lines and some train routes in operation.  Our concierge at the Maison Astor got us roundtrip tickets to Rouen from Paris Gare … Continue reading

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A little bit more time-most eating-in Paris

After our day-long tour of the champagne region yesterday, we are staying in the city for the day.  We did some more walking, but today’s highlight is lunch at La Grande Vefour.  Boris loves to try the historic, famous, and … Continue reading

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New Year’s in Paris

Boris, who has worked hotel and airline points for decades before the rest of us caught on, announced that he had two free nights at a hotel plus additional Hilton points and that we were going to Paris for New … Continue reading

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The Christmas Season in Strasbourg, France

Today we will be visiting Strasbourg, France which sits right on the border of France and Germany.  In fact, due to tax benefits many of the people that work in the city live across the bridge in Germany.  They have … Continue reading

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Margaux, the Bordeaux Wine Region, France

Today we are taking our most expensive excursion of the cruise.   We are going to the Margaux region outside Bordeaux to visit a winemaker, tour a chateau, and have lunch.  I thought we were also doing tastings yesterday, but Boris … Continue reading

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Bordeaux, France

Today we are docked in Bordeaux, France.  Bordeaux is the sixth largest metropolitan area in France.  The riverfront in Bordeaux in along the Garonne river.  “The Garonne merges…below the city with another river, the Dordogne River, to form the Gironde … Continue reading

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Belle Isle: A little bit more of Brittany

Today we are docked just off of Belle Isle, France.  Like our previous stop, the island is in the Brittany region of France.  It is the largest of Brittany’s islands and less than nine miles from the Quiberon peninsula extending … Continue reading

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Mont Saint Michel and St. Malo, France

Today we are anchored off the walled city of St. Malo, Brittany.  Brittany is one of fifteen regions in France.  However, the main attraction on today’s stop is actually in Normandy, another region of France.  But for the flow of … Continue reading

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Our last day in Paris

We are headed to London later today on the Eurostar.  After packing, we decided to return to Saint-Germain to have lunch and to see the Abbey Church.  We rode through this area a couple of days ago on the hop-on/hop-off … Continue reading

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Boris’ Birthday in Paris

We spent the morning of Boris’ 60th birthday touring Claude Monet’s farmhouse and Gardens in Giverny, France.  Now the birthday celebration returns to Paris for lunch at one of his favorites, Brasserie Bofinger.  Last time we were in Paris the … Continue reading

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