Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Cruise Vacation - Day 5 (Monday, 14 May 2012)

The ship docked at Le Havre, France at 9 a.m. We were up at 7 a.m. to have breakfast and get ready for our day trip on a bus to do some sightseeing in Paris. We went, with our tickets, to the Masquerade Theater at 9 a.m. and gave them to Dave so that he could get all of the Legacy group on one bus. We had 44 of the 53 seats. We were on the bus at about 10 a.m. with tour guide Fredericka and driver Lou. We rode 2.5 hours through the countryside to Paris. We stopped for a restroom break before entering Paris, and I used the ATM to get Euros and we bought drinks for the bus.

In Paris, we drove down the Champs Elysee, past the Arc d’Triomphe, all of the shops and buildings to Place Concorde, then off on a street to the Opera House and other sites, and stopped at a restaurant Chez Jenny (which we dubbed Chez Jenny-ology). We had a lunch of tomatoes and olives, roast duck leg, and cheesecake. Linda had a reaction to something – probably the duck sauce, so didn’t have much to eat.

Then it was off to drive past Notre Dame, then over to the Left Bank, stopping at Invalides, and then to the Seine River near the Eiffel Tower. We boarded a river boat for a one hour sail on the Seine – up past Ile de France and back. We sat in the middle, so was able to take pictures on both sides, especially of Notre Dame. After debarking, Linda did some shopping for postcards, and I went across to the Eiffel Tower and took some pictures. When I came back, we bought ice creams and enjoyed them before boarding the bus at 6 p.m. for the ride back to Le Havre. After 8 hours on the bus, we were tired of sitting.

We got to the ship at about 8:45 p.m. and went up to the Windjammer Café for a quick dinner. Then to the cabin and to bed at 10 p.m. just as the ship departed for Cherbourg.

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