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Memories of Monet’s Garden: where a little girl (not Linnea) led the way


From the time we told Melanie we were going to France that summer, she insisted we must visit Monet’s Garden. It wasn’t that far-fetched an idea. more
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Touring Paris, and other cities, with those who live there


Paris Greeter Edouard Morhange at a seafood shop
In Paris with a "Paris Greeter," one of 360 volunteers who offer some 3,000 free tours every year. There's likely a Greeter organization in any big city near you and all over the world. more
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A family tour of a Paris neighborhood with a local guide


Owner of Cafe Cartouche who whipped up steak frites especially for us
We’re in Gerard Merlot, a shop famous for macarons in the St Germain district of Paris, with guide Genevieve, who we’ve met through a terrific company called Tours by Locals. more
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A visit to the town where Vincent Van Gogh spent his final most prolific days


Back of church in Auvers sur Oise painted by Van Gogh
I’m literally walking in Vincent Van Gogh’s footsteps to the field where he painted the famous paintings like the Wheatfield of Crows and where he shot himself. more
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In Rouen, France — where Joan of Arc died and Monet painted a famous cathedral


Commemorative statude of Joan of Arc
In this medieval city, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. Today we see a cathedral that was begun in 1145—amazing it is still standing after being damaged in WWII. Nearly 9,000 half timbered houses burned during WWII. more
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Two days touring the D-Day sites in Normandy


Small section of American Cemetery at Omaha Beach
We are at the famous Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial overlooking Omaha Beach, where the massive allied assault on the Normandy on June 6, 1944 aimed to liberate France and defeat Nazi Germany. more
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A cruise with a difference — along the Seine River in Normandy


Along the Seine River from the Avalon Waterways Creativity
I’m on a different kind of cruise—a River Cruise on the Seine in France on Avalon Waterways Creativity—just 140 passengers on this 361-foot long barge and with just 70 staterooms and two suites. more
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Cruising on the Seine River – a stop at Monet’s Garden in Giverny


The Japanese Bridge over the pond in Monet's Garden
I’m walking in Monet’s glorious gardens at Giverny on sunny day thinking about a little girl skipping over the famous green Japanese Bridges a big smile on her face. more
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Learning about grapes and history in the Champagne region near Paris


Vineyards in the Champagne region of France
We’re sitting in a family dining room in a tiny French village eating chicken cooked in champagne and sipping champagne. This is the Champagne Region of France afterall. more
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Time-traveling in Paris — to a tiny hotel in a 17th Century building


Shopping and dining at night in St. Germaine district of Paris
We’ve moved from the heart of fashionable Paris to the St. Germaine neighborhood on the Left Bank and feel like we’ve time traveled, checking in to the tiny Hotel Verneuil, a 26-room hotel that is housed in a 17th century building. more
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