FC: Memories of France May/June 2009
1: 3 Days in Paris | Our neighbors and traveling companions, Tom and Carol Warner | We arrived at the Hotel Meridien Montparnasse and met our Uniworld guide, Melanie. After a breakfast and a rest, we walked and walked!
2: We started our 2nd day with a guided tour of the Musee d'Orsay and then spent the rest of the day strolling through Paris from the Tuilleries to the Louvre to Notre Dame on Ile de la Cite and on thorugh the left bank- a 12 hour day!
3: Le Louvre | At lunch with travel companions: Tom and Carol Warner, Don and Kathy Pearson | Place de la Concorde to the Arche de Triomphe
4: Notre Dame Cathedral and Ile de la Cite
5: Sunday Market and Monmartre | Sacre Coeur
6: Arrival at the Baroness and a new day in Les Andelys
7: Chateau Galliard- the Castle of Richard the Lion-hearted built in the 12th century
8: an 11th century village and our first view of half-timbered houses
9: River scenes throughout France
10: The half-timbered houses of the Old City
11: Notre Dame Cathedral, made famous by Monet's many paintings, was built in the 11th and 12th centuries | The Renaissance clock tower, Gros Horloge | Modern architecture next to half-timbered 15th century buildings next to Roman ruins! | Damage from bombing in World War II remains in place
12: The fall of Joan of Arc- the place where she was put on trial and the church which lies on the place she was put to death
13: A cemetery building recycled as a School for Fine Arts | Catching a break | Artist hand-painting Faiaences pottery
14: On to Normandy | Gold Beach where the British and Canadians landed
15: Because we were there 3 days before the 65th anniversary of D Day, reenactors were everywhere lending a realistic feel to the history!
16: The American Cemetery
17: The Rangers climbed these cliffs and were met by German artillery
18: The bomb craters were left as they were since the war | This area had been bombed heavily by the Americans in preparation for the Rangers' landing but the Germans had returned
19: Founded by the Vikings, this port was used by Samuel de Champlain | The oldest building which was built by the Vikings
20: The Cider farm tour and lunch where we tried Cidre and Calvados | Expensive resort town on the English Channel
21: His home | His garden | The pond and lily pads he painted.
23: The interior includes an original clock and rug, brocaded wallpaper, red marble and the King's bed.
24: The Hall of Mirrors
25: An Evening in Paris celebrating Carol's birthday with dinner at the Eiffel Tower. | City bus tour on a rainy morning
26: Captain's Dinner and End of Week 1 | The River Royale and the beginning of Week 2 | Our room and our second ship.
27: Town of Chalon, a center for Frnench wine, where we docked the first night on the Soane. | A hospital for the poor founded in 1443 and run by the Catholic church
28: Visit to the Chateau Pereclos Winery | Wine tasting including Creme de Cassis
29: Where the Soane River meets the Rhone | A center for the French Underground during Worl War II
30: World's oldest suspension bridge separating these two cities | Home of Cote du Rhone wines and Valrhona chocolate
31: A beautiful midieval town | St. Vincent Cathedral where we had an organ concert
32: Summer Palace of the Pope | The ancient wall of the city from the 1200's. | As always, a cafe! | Clock tower dating to the 1300's
33: Le Pont d'Avignon- 15th century bridge | Truffle hunting | Lavender fields
34: Captain's Dinner
35: Arles | A Romanesque walled city dating back to the 1st century and made famous by Van Gogh paintings
36: Scenes painted by Van Gogh | A 1st century Roman Coliseum originally used for Gladiator fights is now still use for bullfights. The Ampitheater is still used today for musical concerts
37: Alexandra | Olive Farm, tour of olive oil production and tasting of green and black olive tampanade with, of course, wine!
38: Passing through the locks | Les Baux de Provence, a fortress built by the templar's knights, is now a touristy shopping area!
39: Doorways, windows and other scenes