After staying two nights in a four star hotel in Paris we were shuttled to our cruise ship where we were greeted warmly and provided services that you would expect on the larger cruise ship. This was more personal. The ship was docked near the Eifel tower and other points of interest.
Actually this port was Les Andelys but it wasn't listed on the ports of call listing. This was a lovely country village. Beautiful grounds along the river and a quient village. There was a visit to the Chateau Gaillard which we travelled to by bus while others could chose to hike to the chateau. What a wonderful view of the valley!
This is the capital of Normandy. We docked in the town so it was easy to walk into town. While here we had a choice of excursions Normandy Beach with either the D-Day Museum or the Tapestry Museum. We chose the D-Day museum and though it was crowded with tour groups worth the stop. We had lunch on our own at a sidewalk sandwich shop. It was a lovely stop. We also went to Omaha Beach and the American Cemetary where the cruise director provided flowers to everyone to place on a grave site. I found an unknown soldier to place my flower and I placed my husbands flower on a soldier from NH. I took a picture of the grave and looked up the person when we returned home.
We took a walking tour of the city and had free time to shop. Free samples of different chocolates and mandalines were available. This is where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. The middle ages clock is really beautiful. Picasso described the town as "beautiful as Venice".
Vernon - another port not listed. This is where Monet's Giverny is located. A little crowded when we first arrived but we had plenty of time to visit and as the day went on the crowd was less. Beautiful grounds - would have liked to be there when all the flowers were in bloom. There were many but as it was August I'm sure the spring flowers make it even better. Our last port of call before returning to Paris.
The port where the cruise ship is docked is in a different area from the dinner and sightseeing cruise ships dock. While we were extending our stay we still had to get our luggage out early and wait for our taxi to take us to our hotel.
I did enjoy watching the ship dock at the different ports. Also, as we went through the different locks one side of the ship was against a wall so there wasn't any view from the resturant.