Tag Archives: France

A Postscript to our French River Cruise

Our last night on board, we had to do our packing.  Luckily breakfast started at 6:15 am, so we were able to enjoy one last scrumptious meal before our 6:45 am disembarkation from the ship.  If you arrive and depart … Continue reading

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Last Touring Day in France: Arles, Olives, and an Artist Light Show

Today is our last touring day in France.  We will visit Van Gogh’s Arles, an olive farm, and see an artist’s light show that is touring internationally in its birthplace.  Normally we would take the morning tour and pack in … Continue reading

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Avignon in the Burgundy Region of France

Today we are in the beautiful French city of Avignon in Burgundy.  This is one of the few remaining cities that has all its city walls still in place; the walls stretch for over three miles.  At our berth along … Continue reading

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Viviers and Grignan, France, and a Truffle Dog

If a town could ooze charm, this is it.  Today we are in Viviers, France right on the Rhone.  This well-preserved medieval town thrived in both the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.  Some writers call it an “architectural open-air museum”.  … Continue reading

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The Twin Cities of Tain L’ Hermitage and Tournon, France along the Rhone River

After sailing all night on the Rhone, we are docked at Tain L’ Hermitage, France for a visit to the twin cities of Tain L’ Hermitage and Tournon.   After breakfast, we walked over to the historic Romanesque church built on … Continue reading

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Lyon, France

Our ship has returned to Lyon for a day in the city.  We will not leave until midnight tonight.  Lyon is the third largest city in France behind Paris and Marseille.  There were a variety of tour options presented for … Continue reading

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An International Traveler Again

There has been a long drought, but Natasha is once again an international traveler.  Boris and I left today for France to take a river cruise through Burgundy and Provence.  The rules continue to change-including a change in COVID testing … Continue reading

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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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