S: Paris to Normandy River Cruise July 2011
FC: Paris | July 2011
1: Welcome aboard the River Baroness July 17, 2011 | Day 1 on our Paris to Normandy river cruise along the river Seine Docking address: Port de Javel Bas Quai Andre Citroen Entree Pont Garigliano
2: On our way! | July 17, 2011
3: The view from our ship. | The Money Lounge This is where they provided daily Tea Time, cocktails and entertainment. We also met here for our port talks. | From left to right: Sandi, Cathy, Libby, Charlie, and Chuck in the Van Gogh restaurant.
4: Les Andelys July 18, 2011 Les Andelys is a village along the Seine river located 60 miles from Paris and 25 miles from Rouen. It is the place where Richard the Lionheart built his castle, Chateau Gaillard in 1197.
5: Eglise Saint Sauveur built in 1202
6: Chateau Gaillard In 1197, Richard the First, known as Richard the Lionheart, ordered that an impregnable fortress be built on the promontory overlooking the valley. The project lasted a little more than 12 months, but Richard died before the fortress was complete.
8: These monuments were placed on the beaches of Normandy to honor the courage of the men who endangered and often sacrificed their lives in the hope of freeing the french people. | D-Day Landing Beaches July19, 2011
9: These are the remnants of the floating Mulberry harbours which were developed to offload cargo on the beaches during the Allied invasion of Normandy. | The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, located on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach, contains the graves of 9,387 soldiers who lost their lives in the D-day landing and ensuing military operations in WW 11.
10: Bayeux was the first city to be liberated in the Battle of Normandy. | It hosts the 231 foot long Tapestry which is a Norman document that depicts the events of the Norman Conquest and the Battle of Hastings.
11: The Cathedrale Notre -Dame de Bayeux was the original home of the Bayeux Tapestry.
12: Rouen July 20, 2011 Rouen is the capital city of Normandy, once one of the largest and most prosperous cities of medieval Europe. Serious damage was inflicted during WW ll but many interesting and historical buildings survived. | Dating back to the late 4th century, the Notre Dame Cathedral is the subject of many of Claude Monet's paintings and contains the tomb of Richard the Lionheart.
13: The Gros Horlage is an astronomical clock dating back to the 16th century and its movement dates back to 1389. | The half timbered houses are still in use today. | The streets are very narrow.
14: Old Market Square where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake | Joan of Arc statue located outside St. Joan's church in Rouen, France | Equestrian statue of Napolean Bonaparte
16: Etretat July 21, 2011 | Etretat is a charming town along the Alabaster Coast in Haute Normandie known for its chalky white cliffs. Many of the buildings date back several centuries and are made of wood.
17: Domaine d'Apreval July 21, 2011 | Domaine d' Apreval is a family-owned estate surrounded by beautiful apple orchards. We were given a tour of the distillery and then had lunch where we sampled Pommeau, Cider and Calvados.
18: Honfleur July21, 2011 Honfleur is known for its old, beautiful picturesque port, characterized by its houses with slate-covered frontages.
20: After leaving Honfleur, we saw many wooden homes with thatched roofs. Irises grew on the top of the roofs to keep the rats away. | A beautiful castle home complete with its own moat
22: Monet diverted the Epte River in order to create a pond on his property. It is here that he painted his water garden.
24: The Versailles Palace and Gardens built by King Louis the 14th | July 22, 2011
27: The Queen's Garden
28: Paris July 23, 2011