Art Illumination Cruise-Art aboard AmaLegro

The last time we were in Paris, we painted the town; now it’s time to paint the city. And the country. And surrounding cities. So on August 13 we’re hopping on the AmaWaterways 400-foot “AmaLegro” docked right in Paris for its special “Art Illumination” cruise up the Seine River and into Normandy. We’ll head to Monet’s home and gardens in Giverny; stop in Honfleur, a town painted by many famous artists; stroll through historic Rouen; visit Saint-Pierre …

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Exploring family origins and a castle on a European river cruise

David Molyneaux visits Moulineaux, France, on the river Seine, where his family lived 950 years ago Robert the Devil, a Norman duke of yore, probably was not one of my direct ancestors. But our families were close, and his castle ruins are visible from the river Seine, between Paris and the Atlantic beaches of Normandy. In March, from the new, 128-passenger riverboat Avalon Tapestry II, my wife and I set off on a private excursion so we …

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Cruise through France’s finest wine regions on a hotel barge with European Waterways

For those people who enjoy a glass of fine wine – perhaps a crisp Chablis or a full-bodied Minervois red; maybe an aromatic Riesling, or that aristocrat of sparkling wines, champagne – many of our hotel barges cruise right through the regions of France where these wonderful wines are produced. For example, Panache, a 12-passenger vessel with a doting crew of six, offers an enviable choice to wine enthusiasts. She will cruise for 5 weeks in May …

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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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