Aboard Renaissance: Visiting Fountainebleau

ABOARD RENAISSANCE-I have a new definition of bliss: sitting on deck as the Renaissance slowly slides through the Loire countryside, watching as we hit our first lock of the day, then returning to the cabin for Chef Luke’s blueberry pancakes before hitting the deck again for more observation of the French way of life. Spring is springing here, with fresh green leaves sprouting, the many flowering trees laden with pink and white blossoms and the greenswards filled …

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Aboard La Renaissance: First Day aboard

ABOARD THE LA RENAISSANCE-A thickness settles on the brain after a transatlantic flight that even a sunny day in Paris cannot lift, although we certainly tried. Lunch at the elegant Cafe de la Paix overlooking the gloriously ornate Paris Opera came close. A walk down to the still being renovated Ritz at the Place Vendom helped. Meeting our barge mates for the next six days stirred the juices as did the impromptu tour of the Tuilleries, Parc …

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Preparing for cruise of Burgundy region of France on European Waterways’ La Renaissance

Slowly, smoothly barging through the valleys and canals of Burgundy, encountering the Loire, Saone and Seine Rivers. Disembarking to explore vineyards, famous, family-owned wineries and medieval villages. Visiting historic chateaux like Chateau de La Bussiere or “fisherman’s castle,” Chateau Sully-sur Loire where Joan of Arc and Voltaire were exiled and the royal and imperial Chateau de Fountainbleau, home for seven centuries’ of royal residents. Meanwhile, the chef shops and prepares gourmet meals of local, seasonal specialties to …

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Judy Wells’ Bio

Judy Wells fell in love with cruising when living in Turkey she was invited on a yawl’s shakedown cruise from Izmir to Bodrum then took the White Boat along the Black Sea from Sinop to the Russian border and back. She has since watched Tinker Bell christen the Disney Wonder, rounded the Horn, been chased by a bull sea lion during a cruise through the Galapagos and spent many an hour on deck through the Mediterranean, Caribbean …

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