I have always wanted to see Paris and Viking made sure I not only saw Paris, but experienced it. We had paid for the cheapest cabin because I had to basically blackmail my husband into going. I have cancer, so I knew that this could be my only chance to see it. I told my husband he could come with me or I'd go with someone else. He went.I took a break from chemo and informed my doctor that I was going to Paris and I'd see him when I got back.
Viking couldn't have been more wonderful. The food was incredible, our stateroom was gorgeous, quiet and completely comfortable. I overpacked (I always do) and still there was room for everything. The floors of the bathroom are heated, so there's never a chill when you step into them and you couldn't believe how wonderful this is to a chemo patient. I had different wigs and the cutest thing was that the cruise director said, "Oh, my! You have a twin! There's another beautiful blonde on this very ship that looks just like you!" I didn't say a word, I only laughed and said how wonderful it was to have a twin.
My only gripe and it's not even a gripe was the when we went to see Paris at Night. The restaurant was Flottes, and I wish I'd been given a chance to order my food, because I couldn't eat what they served. There was a great deal of mayonnaise, which I understand is common in France, but I hate it. Everything except the tuna had it. I don't even like tuna (once again, I'm just weird). I wish I'd just had the chance to order for myself. I would have been happy with just bread and cheese. Luckily, I had a muffin from the coffee bar that's open 24/7 stashed in my purse. When I got back to the ship, I asked the dining room if they could throw me together just a bit of bread and cheese and they went out of their way to prepare me a small feast. I almost cried because it was so kind of them, especially since they were closing up.
We had a lovely cabin that we didn't expect to be nearly as beautiful as it was. It was gorgeous, had a huge picture window that opened and the beds were sublime. I mean, those beds were so good, I wish I could have taken mine home and I have a really good bed already! I loved the bathrooms and the complimentary soaps smelled divine! I still remember the sinks were made by Villeroy and Boch, whom I thought only made gorgeous china. There's tons of storage under the beds and in the closets, so if you overpack like me, no worries.
The ruins of the castle of Richard the Lionheart were worth the climb. I closed my eyes and I was there in that castle. It was beautiful and our guide was incredible!