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    Friday
    May182018

    Seine River Cruise + Champagne and Loire

    Uniworld's new ship, the Joie de Vivre, ferried us in April, 2018 from Paris to Rouen and back again in style. Along the way we eyed the beauties of Giverny, dined at the oldest restaurant in France in Rouen, visited the Normandy Beaches of Utah and Omaha plus the American Cemetery, and popped into Versailles for a behind-the-scenes tour of the royal apartments.

    Post cruise, we circumvented the newest train strike ("striking is our national sport" the locals whispered) and drove to Amboise to revisit my favorite castles. Amazingly, we were the first visitors to Château d'Azay-le-Rideau and since I knew it well AND had written a book about it, I got tasked to open the doors to the various apartments for the rest of the tourists when the guides forgot to do it! Later, we dropped by Villandry and Chenonceau. We visited my favorite restaurant in the Loire, L'Etape Gourmande, for a sumptuous repast.

    Rouen proved to be a fantastic new French locale for me. We toured the ancient town and lunched at La Couronne, founded in 1345, which is the oldest inn in France. Our meal for eight was beyond imagination and yes I was served a cheese tray with 25, I repeat, 25 choices. If you are lactose intolerant, skip this course.

    There was not a dry eye in our group as we toured the sobering Normandy Beaches and American Cemetery. I had two uncles who landed here--and luckily came home in one piece to welcome me when I was born decades later.

    But as I wandered through the cemetery, I saw thousands of their fellow soldiers who did not return home. Our group left roses and said prayers at as many of the gravesites as we could. We thank these brave lads who gave their lives in the name of peace.

    After frustrations with the train system in France (as I write in my books, always have a back plan or two) I drove our party out to Amboise from Paris along the A10 (one of the easiest freeways in France.) Loire was as beautiful as ever and I sigh a little sigh every time I see Chenonceau, the castle of the ladies, as she sits peacefully atop the Cher River. 

    In Champagne, our party of three sipped the bubbly for two days and toured small and large houses including Veuve Clicquot and Taittinger, as well as some smaller vintners in Epernay. Everytime I visit Reims, with its grand cathedral, I like it more.

    BTW, Reims was nearly flattened in WWII due to air strikes. But there are many preserved buildings and of course the cathedral where most of the kings of France have been crowned are still standing. I could see the cathedral from my hotel room, with the moon shining over it like a star.

    I plan to write a book about Champagne France one day when I have a moment. This trip, I returned with even more piles of research--and a few bottles of bubbly. I have to do research, after all!

    One more thing, our photography now appears on Shutterstock. So if you would like to access our hundreds of full color photographs for your own use, access Shutterstock and look for MeanderingTrailMedia. Happy Traveling!

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