My Viking cruise in 2018
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  • Day8

    Paris by Night Tour

    October 9, 2018 in France ⋅ 🌙 61 °F

    One last look at Paris and the Eifel tower adorned with beautiful lights.

    It was well after midnight when we returned to the ship. I was required to have my suitcase outside the cabin door by 6 am. That meant I had to be out of bed by 4:30 am.Read more

  • Day8

    The Chateau de Malmaison

    October 9, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

    A few years before Napoleon Bonaparte became emperor of France, his first wife, Josephine de Beauharnais, bought an estate while he was away in Egypt. Chateau
    de Malmaison--which is located nine miles west of centralParis--was a grand but derelict old property. When thefuture ruler returned, he was not pleased with
    Josephine’s purchase, however, the couple ultimatelydecided it needed extensive renovations and embarked on
    making it a suitable residence.
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  • Day7

    More good food & fellowship

    October 8, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 52 °F

    At each meal throughout the trip, we ate with a new group of people. We have photo memories of at least one of the couples (Debbie and Pat) who we joined for our first dinner on the Aquavit Terrace. Had Debbie not made the suggestion, we would not have the pictures.

    If Martha and I are fortunate enough to embark on another trip together, I am determined to try to obtain photos of at least one group with whom we eat per day. In retrospect, the people we break bread with are certainly as (if not more) worth remembering as the bread, are they not? Thank you, Debbie, for your suggestion and for the idea it has sparked in me.
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  • Day7

    Les Andelys

    October 8, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

    Down below the castle, the two villages of Le Grand Andelys and Le Petit Andelys grew and merged into one. Le Petit Andelys, which we explored, is the Seine-side part of town. Le Grand Andelys is now joined to Le Petit Andelys by Rue de la Republique. This part of town is set a bit back from the Seine but attracts visitors with its grand church, its bell tower, its fountain and its history museum.Read more

  • Day7

    The Château-Gaillard, Les Andelys

    October 8, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 59 °F

    Construction of the castle began in 1196 under the direction of Richard the Lionheart. It went up at staggering speed and was completed by 1198. Richard died in 1199 and his hapless brother and successor, King John, would see the castle taken from him. The structure consists of three enclosures separated by dry moats, with a keep (fortified tower) in the inner enclosure.Read more

  • Day6

    Overlord Museum

    October 7, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 57 °F

    The Overlord Museum opened in 2013. Located near the American Cemetery it is a warehouse filled with a collection of WWII-era vehicles. The Museum includes American, British and German exhibits with the museum’s highlights including Germany’s 88mm antiaircraft and antitank gun, a strafed German Panther tank, a Sherman tank, and a battlefield crane. There’s also a horse—a reminder that much of the German war machine was horse- powered.Read more