L’Impressioniste: Final impressions

I am back at home in South Florida, three tubs of laundry done and still enjoying memories of France. We were brought back to Paris on Saturday. More Impressions Sunday morning in Paris we trekked from our hotel room near the Opera to Musee D’Orsay on the other side of the river. The museum was formerly a train station and housed the largest number of people rescued from concentration camps after World War II. Each of the six …

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L’Impressioniste: Cruise through Burgundy coming to an end

ABOARD THE L’IMPRESSIONISTE — Today is July 4, a holiday at home celebrating our national independence — a feat accomplished with the help of the French. And tomorrow, our six- day journey through France’s lush Burgundy canals comes to an end. Sad, but true, tomorrow we will leave L’Impressioniste and return to Paris. So our barge trip is almost over. I loved it: The pace, the outstanding food and wine and the amazing countryside with fey little …

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L’Impressioniste: The Gallo-Roman town of Dijon is a delight

ABOARD THE L’IMPRESSIONISTE — Signals come, signals go. Even though we have no Internet service for long periods of time, the area remains breathtakingly beautiful as well as perfect, weather-wise. The rain is behind us and yesterday, as we toured the city of Dijon, our band of seven were hard pressed to find a more idyllic vacation day. Dijon is a city that I was planning to visit years ago when my husband and I stayed in …

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L’Impressioniste: Off to Dijon

ABOARD THE L’IMPRESSIONISTE — Today we are off to Dijon. Yesterday was our first full day. We heard the engines for the first time at 9 a.m. and headed onto the canal. Some guests rode bikes along the towpaths, others walked leisurely, one man rode a bike then stopped and sketched the surrounding (and lovely, one might even say “beautiful”) Burgundy countryside. After a delightful lunch of the regional favorite, beef bourgninon, the best ever, we piled …

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Arriving in Paris to board L’Impressioniste

On the train, Euro Star, enroute to Paris. Oops. No connection. Now it is the end of the day and I am all settled into my room aboard L’Impressioniste, a marvelous 12-passenger barge. I took Euro Star from London early this morning, taxied to the hotel meeting place and met a contingent of seven other passengers with whom we traveled to the barge. A traveling friend, Lois Gerber, met me and together we boarded the barge. The …

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Traveling to Europe in preparation of trip aboard European Waterways L’Impressionist

They say time flies as you get older. I suppose that is true. It seems as though it was a short time ago that I celebrated a milestone birthday and my son and daughter-in-law invited me to share a June trip to London with them as a birthday gift. Lovely gift, don’t you agree? I’m truth my birthday was six months ago. Judy, Michael and I leave today. BUSSES, PLANES AND TRAINS I came up to Orlando …

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Soon Marcia will be heading to France for a barge trip on European Waterways

About 15 years ago my late husband and I sailed on the Thames on a barge from Windsor to Oxford. It was an eight-passenger vessel, but only six were on board. Our fellow passengers were a couple of retired British military officers and a couple from Kentucky. The weather delightful and while our cabin was small, it was a great week of great vistas, great conversations (lasting ’til late at night,) and marvelous food and drink.. At …

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