A Travellerspoint blog

November 2013

Paris and the Seine

Photo Album

My photo album of this great trip is done! Click Normandy and Paris to view the album!

Posted by rpickett 06:56 Archived in France Comments (0)

Paris and the Seine

Paris and our last day....

semi-overcast 60 °F

We chose to not do the optional excursions offered by AMA, and instead headed out on our own after a leisurely morning. The metro/light rail system is relatively easy to navigate and we purchased a full day ticket for 6 Eur 60 - well worth it as it offers access to both the Metro and RER - the light rail system. Our first stop was to bid adieu to Napoleon at the Church of the Invaledes - a remarkable structure that, in addition to being Napoleon's tomb, is a function church. After pondering Napoleon, we headed to the Musee du Armee - the French Army Museum - to take in the memories of of Louis the XIII through Napoleon III. There are many other exhibits, but that was what we were interested in. We then jumped on the RER and paid homage to the Cathedral of Notre Dame - 850 years old this year - a remarkable building if ever there was one - equal to Rouen and St. Peters in many folks opinion. Today they have 4 different Masses on the schedule for those who want to attend. After that, it was time for some shopping for the grandkid and kids and back to the hotel to pack. AMA is a great experience and Paris IS the city for lovers given the number of PDA's witnessed. I highly recommend this trip for anyone!

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Posted by rpickett 09:52 Archived in France Comments (0)

Paris and the Seine

City tour

rain 55 °F

We departed our home for the past seven nights at about 9:30am and started our city tour. We were essentially killing time until our hotel rooms were ready but the tour was really good. I saw a bunch of sites that I had not seen before. Since it was showering, it was good that we didn't do any walking tours. We stopped at the Musee d'Orsay where after a bite to eat at a nearby cafe, we had several hours to tour the museum and view some of the great impressionist art that is there. After some culture we arrived at our hotel at about 3:30pm. We are meeting some friends for dinner tonight and then venturing out again on our own tomorrow - our last in Paris.
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Posted by rpickett 09:43 Archived in France Comments (0)

Paris and the Seine

Conflans

sunny

We cruised in the evening closer to Paris and arrived at Conflans. Our excursion today was the Malmaison, the home of Napoleon Bonapart and Josephine. It's relatively small in comparison to many chateaus and is quite liveable. Josephine was a big fan of roses and the garden has some wonderful bushes. Finally, we celebrated Halloween that evening. The crew was dressed up and many of the passengers brought some costumes from home!
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Posted by rpickett 09:31 Archived in France Comments (0)

Paris and the Seine

Cruising and Les Andelys

sunny 63 °F

We spent our morning cruising the Seine, as we headed to our next stop of Les Andelys. It was a beautiful morning and the cruising was very relaxing.

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After lunch we departed on our excursion for the day. First stop was the Cathedral on Notre Dame from the 11th - 12th Century. The church is starting to have some significant maintenance issues as this small town can not really support it. Because it is an historic land mark, it is eligible for government assistance.

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Our final stop was Chateau Gaillard, the castle of King Richard I - Richard the Lionhearted. This was the border between Normandy and France and was of significant strategic importance. The castle was built in under two years - a remarkable achievement.

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Posted by rpickett 09:06 Archived in France Comments (0)

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