Joie de Vivre brings a French effervescence to Uniworld’s Seine cruises from Paris into Normandy

PARIS-You don’t need to speak French to sail on the new Joie de Vivre, cruising the Seine out of Paris. But you will know from your first step aboard, at the dock about a 20-minute walk from the Eiffel Tower, that you are in France. With its French fabrics, foie gras, daily arrays of local cheeses, and its hallways dressed in early 1900s caricatures by artist George Goursat (known as Sem), the Joie de Vivre is true …

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River cruise excursion to Normandy links WWII memorials, and my Great-Grandmother Pearl’s 1944 diary

Of all the war monuments and cemeteries dedicated to North Americans, the beaches and plots at Normandy are perhaps the most haunting Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France On an early June day in 1944, Pearl Molyneaux wondered where her boys and daughter were, as World War II charged toward deadly climaxes in Europe and in the Pacific. As my great-grandmother wrote in her diary at home in western New York State, her son Silas, a bomber pilot, was in the …

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AmaWaterways 2014: Commemorating D-Day and Offering Deals on Worldwide Cruises

River cruise line AmaWaterways is commemorating the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, and providing its passengers with the opportunity to explore history, culture and the story that captures the struggles of WWII. Begin your journey in magical Paris, embarking on a luxurious AmaWaterways ship. Travel to the village of Giverny, where Monet lived and worked, and Honfleur, a harbor town celebrated by generations of artists. Wander through Rouen, then take an unforgettable excursion to the famous Normandy beaches …

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Uniworld honors D-Day with 70th anniversary cruise

“Nearly 70 years ago, a mighty armada embarked on an invasion that forever changed world history. The Nazi grip on western Europe was cracked on June 6, 1944, as brave soldiers crossed a slender ribbon of sea from England into Normandy and initiated one of the most influential battles of WWII. D-Day has been recalled by the veterans who fought it, the newsreels that depicted it, and thousands of dedicated historians – yet few have actually set …

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In Rouen, France — where Joan of Arc died and Monet painted a famous cathedral

Rouen, on the Seine River in Normandy — She was a teenaged girl who was seeing things.  Centuries later, she is the national symbol of France. Joan of Arc was born in 1412 to a family of farm laborers. When she was a young teen, she started to hear voices telling her to help the dauphin regain the throne.  From the start of the Hundred Year’s War in 1337, the English and French fought over that throne …

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Two days touring the D-Day sites in Normandy

Normandy coastline, France — Elizabeth Kelly is standing in front of the gravestone of the grandfather she never met. She’s far from home—as was he as a young Lieutenant from Chicago fighting in World War II.  His name was Forrest Kelly and he’d left behind a wife and two young children. We are at the famous Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial overlooking Omaha Beach, where the massive allied assault on the Normandy on June 6, 1944 aimed …

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Special Inaugural Voyages with AmaWaterways! Paris, Normandy & the Seine River

I recently spoke to Rudi Schreiner, President and Co-Founder of AmaWaterways. A trained architect and a native of Vienna, Rudi is a travel industry pioneer, having introduced the concept of modern-day River cruising to the market in 1994. Since that time, he has propelled his fleet to its current award-winning status, earning accolades from media, travel consultants and satisfied passengers all around the world. (Note: After the interview, there’s a listing of current AmaWaterways specials.) What makes …

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