In the summer of 2012 the Ol’ Man (Dave Jr.) and I went on an Avalon River Cruise along the Seine River through France. We started the trip by staying in a hotel the first few nights in the heart of Paris. There was so much to do, we couldn’t get to it all. Some of the highlights were the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Lourve Museum, a show at the world-renowed Moulin Rouge, and just the overall culture of the city. We also made the trip to the Palace of Versailles, just outside of Paris, where the famous Treaty of Versailles was signed in the Hall of Mirrors.
Eventually, we boarded the Avalon ship and made our way North, stopping at various small towns to take guided tours each day. Without a doubt, however, the best part of the trip was the last destination: Normandy. Being able to stand on the same beach the Americans stormed on D-Day was astonishing and I would recommened it to everyone. It was truly breathtaking to see the remains of that part of the War basically untouched. Not to mention that we were traveling with a Veteran who had actually stormed the beach himself that day, which as you can imagine, made it all the more special. Seeing the American Cemetary there in Normandy along with the WWII Museum was also special and definitely worth the trip.
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