I have just returned home from one of the most wonderful travel experiences I have ever had. It’s now 2:48 am and I’m suffering from a bad case of jet lag so I think this is a good opportunity to do a little writing about our adventure. France is nine hours ahead of the Pacific Northwest and it is lunch time there so it makes perfect sense that, after three weeks of adapting to French time, it will take me a little while to get back into my routine at home…and not want a meal in the middle of the night. It usually takes me about a week to readjust… a long painful week.
Viking River Cruises Photograph
My older daughter and I love Paris and have visited numerous times over the past few years and when we planned our 2013 trip we decided to add a river cruise to our itinerary. Neither of us had ever taken a cruise and wanted the experience so we signed up for an 8-day cruise on the Rhône and Saône Rivers. Viking’s “Portraits of Southern France” cruise took us from Avignon, through wine country, to Chalon-sur-Saône. I have heard of people getting hooked on cruising and I have to admit that I have become one of them. We are already talking about next time.
Reception Area and Stairway to Upper Cabins and Dining Room
Lounge Area and Dining Room. Meals were served in both areas.
At the end of the cruise we took the train to Paris where we rented an apartment in our favorite neighborhood, rue Cler. I have posted many photographs of this area and will be sharing more in the next few weeks. Rue Cler has many good restaurants, patisseries, boulangeries, cheese and wine shops and an outdoor market that are open every day except Mondays. Getting around on the Metro in Paris is fast and easy and we used it to go everywhere. I wouldn’t even try to guess how many miles we walked in the three weeks of our vacation. My daughter and I were in Paris by ourselves for the first week and then were joined by my son and son-in-law for the remainder of our trip. It was so much fun showing them the Paris we love. They were able to enjoy the city after dark and got some fantastic photos of the lighted Eiffel Tower, Champ du Mars, and the city’s beautiful bridges. My one sadness on this trip was that my younger daughter wasn’t able to come with us. I made all arrangements a year and a half ago when I was still working and not able to travel in the summer. She is a middle school counselor and the end of the school year is a very busy time for her and she couldn’t get away. There was just no way. There aren’t words for how much we missed her…BUT I’m now able to travel in the summer and as soon as possible we will plan another trip that she will enjoy…we are thinking Ireland. I have never been there and know we would love it.
Lots more stories and pictures to come. I hope you will stay tuned.
Have you taken a river cruise? Where did you go? Did you love it?