Yesterday we were in the land of Van Gogh and today in the land of Monet. What I am quick to discover is the incredible light that illuminates this part of France. The sun began to shine it’s warmest rays in the late afternoon just as we were leaving port in Conflans. As we continued our cruise downstream, the French estates grew in size and grandness. The lighting seemed to make every leaf on a tree more green, every flower more colorful, every church steeple taller and each village more attractive than the last. It’s a painters paradise and a photographers dream.
Night did not descend until after 10:00 pm which seems late. The moon was high in the sky already. I even googled the longitude and latitude of the largest centre because it doesn’t make sense to me. Rennes, France is 48 degrees north and Barrie, Ontario is 44 degrees north. Needless to say none of my theory worked. I can only say it is beautiful!
Around 2:00 am this morning we tied up in Verdan to another sightseeing ship then within hours another one tied up to us. We are now sandwiched between the two. It makes it interesting when you get up in the morning. Close the drapes or you may surprise the passengers on the cruise ship beside you!
I am sitting in the lounge at the back of our vessel; the MS Creativity owned by Avalon Waterways. Looking into the cruise ship beside us, a Viking cruiser I realize I am looking into their dining room. Really there are little things like this which create a comparison between the river cruise lines. Layouts.
This is the third cruise we have traveled as a company with Avalon. I listened to my tour group greeting crew on this ship as they had met them on one of the other cruises. Then the stories began about favorite destinations and did this bartender know that bartender etc. A family atmosphere for sure.
This afternoon when the excursions are back we have a local French chef and his wife coming on board to cook crepes for lunch. Later we are having a French cheese and wine tasting. That’s what life on a river cruise is like.
We are slowly making our way to Normandy and the infamous landing beaches. As Canadians we are visiting the Juno Beach Visitor Centre and Cemetery while the Americans on board will go to Omaha Beach. More to come on this later.
Our day is overcast but the rain is holding off.
See you again soon,
In Beauty, Kat