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Just returned from traveling Uniworld along the Seine from Paris to Normandy. My daughter and I arrived a day early before boarding the boat and stayed at the Danube Hotel which we enjoyed. First day jet lag. 2nd day before boarding the boat in late afternoon walked along the Seine to Notre Dame and to the Pantheon.
The River Baroness is a refurbished boat with superior service. Uniworld was voted last year by Conde Nast Travel as the favorite in the small boat company.

Left Paris and woke up to the small town of Les Andelys which we viewed a church and swans swimming out our window the next morning. A tour of the town and the fortress that morning. We had wonderful guides on every tour which add so much to the entire experience.

Second day to Normandy where the British and Americans landed for the DDay invasion which was awesome.The cemetery is so beautiful, and at the same time sad when you know over 9,000 Americans are buried there with graves unknown only to God. Each person was given a rose to place on the grave of their choice. There is an excellent museum and movie explaining some of what happened there. Earlier we had stopped at Aramanche where the British museum of the event is located.

Wed. docking in Rouen where we had a walking tour of the town. Rouen is probably best known for the Cathedral there and also where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. There are some shops which are a feast for the eyes.

On Thurs. a tour to Honfleur, a small quaint fishing village. Along the way we crossed the bridges which have been rebuilt after the war. Along the way viewing some thatched roofed houses with plants growing along the top roofs.

Fri. a visit to the home of Monet at Giverney where we walked through the gardens. The day before we had gone to a lecture about the Impressionist painters which was helpful as we also viewed some works in a gallery there that had works of some of these painters.

Sat. back to Paris where we had a morning bus tour of the city. A walk through Luxenbourg Gardens. In the afternoon my daughter and I went to the museums of L' Orangerie and D'Orsay. We had visited the D'Orsay on another trip to Paris,but you can never completely absorb all the beautiful art that is displayed there. We took the Metro back to the boat to get ready for our flight home the next day.

The young people who work on the boat cannot be praised enough for their great service. Each afternoon there was tea with piano music.
There were optional tours we could have done also. It was a pleasure sitting on the deck of the boat as the ship went down the river. The weather was very pleasant.

My daughter and I agree this was one of the most enjoyable trips we have ever taken.
I would highly recommend this trip to anyone.
Bon Voyage!!

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