The River & the ship.

You have seen the map above, but I want to make sure you know where we are going.

Of course, ever since we decided to take our 50% flood discount and go on this revised cruise,  they still haven’t told us how we are going to get to Paris for our final two days of the cruise.  It’s a secret…we think that maybe the Seine is lowering from flood stage and we can cruise all the way back.  Tomorrow, the Cruise Director may tell us.

We spent the first night in Rouen, instead of Paris…you can see that on the right.  Tour of Rouen was very interesting and we met our favorite guide, Stefanie, there (remember her shoes?).  Here’s a photo of her from our castle day.DSC_4793

She has a Masters degree in history and a very engaging manner, full of laughter.  We had her today for the 3rd time and are requesting that she go to Paris with us.

The ship is supremely clean and very efficient.  Our stateroom at 200 square feet should feel tiny and it doesn’t at all…and the bathroom is very commodious…amazing, eh?  The hallways seem comfortable, too.DSC_4979

As we have meandered from Rouen to Caudebec to Le Havre, we have enjoyed the sights from our window in the room, the cocktail lounge and occasionally on the top deck.  There are miles/kilometers of Normandy farmland and those white Limestone cliffs, too.

The port at Caudebec had some wall murals and also a couple of nearly over-the-banks episodes of higher tides than normal.


The sun came out long enough to show us a sunset on our third night on the River.IMG_5304

The murals were not fine art, but made the sights more than pleasant in Rouen….and the clocktower was a good landmark for our returning.DSC_4788

We didn’t go on the tour of thatched cottages yesterday, but here’s one beside the river.  They told us that the green fringe on the top of the roof is a planting of Iris plants to absorb any excess water in the thatch…very scenic.


That’s it for now.

Yesterday was fantastic as people are starting to send the blog reports to others.

I got an email from the folks at WordPress…”your blog posts are on fire!”..more than 150 pages views by over 30 people.

That’s so flattering.  Hope the travel inspires you to go forth into the world and learn.  Au Revoir.






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.


  • The thatched roof (& explanation), colorful grafitti, close-up of the docked vessel…Spectacular photos, once again, dear friend! Thank you for the daily postings. It’s wonderful knowing we can travel with the two of you…and we don’t even have to dress for dinner. 😉


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