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May 12, 2017 - Normandy

Our final stop on this cruise is at Le Havre, France. We have an excursion to the Normandy Beaches. It was about a 2 hour drive to the Juno Beach area where the Canadians landed. We had a very nice lunch first in Arromanches-les-Bains located on the coast in the heart of the area where the Normandy landings took place on D-Day, 6 June 1944. It was on the beach of Arromanches that, during the Invasion of Normandy immediately after D-Day, the Allies established an artificial temporary harbour to allow the unloading of heavy equipment without...

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Apr 25, 2017 - La Havre, Rouen, Giverny

A very short sail brings us to Le Harve, a port city at the mouth of the Seine River a ways down river from Paris. Most of our group took the bus tour to Paris (3 hours each way). We choose to visit Monet's Garden, less than half as far. We were not disappointed. In spite of the weather, light rain, we found the garden beautiful and relaxing, but crowded. Our bus was one of 7 large tour buses in the parking area.I found it difficult to get pictures without people in them. We bought a silk scarf with the water lilly painting printed on...

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Europe 2017 Cruise

Sep 10, 2015 - Last Day In Le Havre

Tried to find an Abbey today in Montivilliers but they made it too difficult to find and I wasn't going to waste any more time trying to figure where they hid it. We drove to Fecamp and toured where they make Benidictine, went for a walk on the cliffs outside town. Almost backed over a senile cyclist who couldn't figure out that he would be the loser if the 2 of us had met. He wasn't even on his bike either!! Drove to Etretat, another busy little tourist place, but at this time of year some places are already closed. Monet spent time...

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Sep 9, 2015 - Le Havre

Drove to Honfleur and then drove to a small Abbey which is only open by reservation OOOOPS!! Visited one of the most beautiful villages in France (so they say) Beaumont-en-Auge. It was "cute" but I'm not saying one way or the other. Drove back to Honfleur and had dinner right on the edge of the harbour. I'm in Normandy so of course it was time for hard apple cider, (not a fan), escargot, duck, and apple tarte. Nancy had......wait for it...........chicken :-). It was ok but the real treat was the location. For having such little cars...

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Sep 8, 2015 - Left Paris

Finally left Paris! What a relief. :-) Took the train to Versailles and picked up our car, they gave me a navigation unit. Guess I didn't have to buy maps of France for my gps unit after all. On our way to Le Havre stopped at Monet's house/garden in Giverny. Drove to Le Havre, using the back roads, and when I say backroads I mean backroads. Didn't want to take the highway because I wanted to see France not the 401. Got to Le Havre and met our host, what a nice lady. We have the house to ourselves and what a place it is. Unbelievable. She...

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Jul 9, 2014 - Honfleur, France

Saw the White Cliffs of Dover around 9:30 last night as we cruised by them on the way to Le Havre. We booked a short excursion into the small town of Honfleur. Was very disappointed in the tour, and the village quite frankly, since half of the stores didn't open until 1:30 PM - and we left at Noon! Off the ship in the morning and hope to maybe see Windsor Castle tomorrow and then tour London on Friday before our flight home Saturday.

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May 8, 2013 - Honfleur

We thought we were on top of this time zone business. But when we left Falmouth, England to go to Le Havre, France we lost another hour. That wouldn’t be so silly if we weren’t going back to England again tomorrow to stop in Dover and get that hour back. Then on to Rotterdam and the hour will disappear once more. With each changing time zone we are also changing money - euros to pounds to euros to pounds to euros. It would be easy for an old person to get confused. At least today we were driving on the right side of the road once...

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May 20, 2011 - Le Havre, France and on to Paris

We skipped Le Havre for a bus tour to Paris that gave us 3 1/2 hours on our own after a city tour. The bus ride to Paris was long, over 2 hours. The man in front of us was coughing, but we couldn’t move. Will Richard get sick? (Yes he did) Our guide was good and the driver was good but he didn't speak English. After stopping at a rest stop for a pee break the air conditioning in the bus stopped working. Paris is congested. We drove down the Champs Elysee, saw the Arc de Triomphe, all the fashion stores, the Louvre, the Pantheon, Notre...

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Jun 9, 2008 - Le Havre & Rouen, France

Bonjour! We made it back to France this morning after two days at sea. It was very nice and relaxing, having almost nothing we had to do, and all day to do it. We spent A lot of time trying to find our way to the next trivia game or demo and of course, wine tasting – they do a really good job of it here. Saturday was really pretty choppy; the ship was going up & down when we were in the Atlantic. Once we hit the Bay of Biscay things settled down. Kit almost won another cruise playing BINGO, but just missed it by just one #. Sunday night was...

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Dec 20, 2006 - Cruising La Manche

Well, here we are. Back in Manchester after a weekend's Mini-Cruise aboard the Black Watch, with our good friends Julia and Moira from SCC. Very special thanks to Mr Olsen and his crew for making us so welcome, feeding us so well, keeping us extremely well oiled ( check the movie ) and entertaining us so royally. After the appalling weather of the last few weeks here in England, it was such a pleasure to find not a drop of rain for the entire trip. Having set sail from Southampton on Saturday evening and dancing the night away in the ship's...

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Oct 3, 2006 - Honfleur

Honfleur is a popular day trip from Paris, although it seemed it was also popular with motorhomes. There is a free camp set up for 120 motorhomes! Although it was only half full, this was a huge number of campers in a small seaside town at this time of the year. Rather than Aussies & Kiwis on summer trips, we're now seeing none of them & instead seeing all the Brits on their way down to Portugal & southern Spain for the winter months. Can see why they're keen to leave this weather behind! Anyway, Honfleur is a rather attractive town set...

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Jul 19, 2006 - Caen, France

Caen is the capitol of Normandy, France, and a good home base for seeing the D-day beaches. Turns out its a nice town in itself with a 1000 year history stretching back to William the Bastard(who bacame the Conquerer) as well as Jeanne d'Arc. We only spent a few hours in Caen the evening we got there. We had a great hotel right across from the train station and beside the bus station for the busses to the beaches. Kiyomi studied so much military history that she had to see at least one battlefield in Europe, so we went to Juno beach and...

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