Paris to Normandy Beaches on Avalon Waterways…June 4-11.

2016 06 03 Paris Normandy trip may

We will be traveling this route on the River Seine…Omaha Beach is to the left of the map.  As the bird flies, 100 miles, on La Seine (with its curves) it’s 200 miles…so, 400 round trip.

June 4th…We two, along with Dick & Chris Oliver (Nancy’s brother), embark on our riverboat – the Avalon Tapestry II.

June 5th,  we will stop in Vernon to visit Monet’s gardens at Giverney.

June 6th, we dock at Caudebec and go on an Abbey tour.  (the 72nd anniversary of D-Day).

June 7th is an all-day tour to Bayeux (& the famous tapestry) and to Omaha Beach, the Pointe du Hoc monument and the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer.

June 8th we dock in Rouen and will take a walk to see Joan of Arc’s places as well as the gothic Cathedral and Gros Horloge astronomical clock.

June 9th we dock in Conflans on our way back to Paris. A visit to Chateau de Malmaison.

June 10th is a Paris sightseeing day (if the floods recede)…Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower or we might just walk about the Ile de la Cite, where Paris was founded.

Then, fly back to Philadelphia on June 11th.  Only unpacking one time is a bonus of river cruising.  Avalon says “Ocean liners are about the boat, river cruising is about the places you can visit in an unhurried manner”.  We are longing to learn.



Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 13-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 54 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids (1 in college/1 working). We are helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education. Helping to lead Captiva's Chapel by the Sea.


  • Et puis, Bon Voyage a tous!

    Malmaison is one of my favorite treasures to visit. … I was such a Josephine groupie.This is almost an identical itinerary Bob & I took years ago.

    The night of June 5 we stayed in the tiny village of St. Mere Eglise at the little John Steele Hotel – he was the church steeple paratrooper … It is all there to see. But we woke up to tons of US “GI’s” jeeps, flags, etc. in the street – all re-enacters! They love Americans here…duh. There were ceremonies in the Colleville cemetery and then we drive over to the German one – a very moving contrast. Be sure to note the hedgerows as you move inland – such an unexpected obstacle. We drove to and walked all the beaches that June 6th . .. And had the same dense fog as the day of the landing. Only to drive inland and find the sun shining.

    Monet will be in spring finery!

    Enjoy La Cite’ but walk down Ile St. Louis behind Notre Dame for fun restaurants … But for sure have dinner somewhere in Le Quartier Latin – restaurant Mecca and such a fun scene. If you are Bonaparte possessed after Malmaison you might want to include Les Invalides while in Paris.

    And that is it from my Francophile side – very special to remember.

    Be safe, speak lots of French and have a great trip!!

    A bientot! Blair

    Sent from my iPhone



  • fantastic! sounds like a good educational trip. After Buhton, our next trip is Normandy! Keep you info for us!


  • All the places we visited You will note EVERY church s Notre Dame. Have a beer at the cafe in Givernay and the outside cafes at docks in Honfleur. We met some interesting peeps in both places.


  • Happy to hear that the WWII museum tour was as expected or better. We loved it. Looking forward to your travelog from France.
    Bon Voyage! Pam Long


  • You’re killing me, Roach! What a fabulous first few days of summer…have lots of fun and be safe.


  • Thank you for taking us “followers” along on another of your grand adventures!
    Two words for upper and lower Normandy: Cidre & Calvados. It would be a sin to even THINK of drinking anything else.
    Hiccup 😉


    • Grazi, my Italian guide. Spirits seem to an international pastime of yours…those of the heart & those in a bottle.


  • So wonderful. Take a big inhale of that cold musty cathedral air for me and


  • and.. look at the stained glass windows. Ahh, for me, these things stay deep in the soul after other memories run together.


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