Seine River trip.
We took this river trip on June 16, 2010 aboard the Bizet. We did not take the pre or post trips this time because we have been to London and the pre-trip was Paris. The ship was to be docked in Paris the second and third days so we did get a tour of many of the Paris highlights by bus. Also went to the Louvre. We could see the Eiffel Tower from the ship and took a walk one day towards that area. The French pronounce it differently (I think). Sounds more like Eiffel as if it were spelled EFFEL rather than the American way of saying it as if it were spelled EYEFULL. I made the mistake of trying to get directions saying it incorrectly and the store clerk was puzzled.
We almost always do all the optional things with each trip. The visit to Giverny, Monet's home was very beautiful and not to be missed Optional. The gardens were magnificent and his home was very charming.
We did not get to Bayeux because of a bus breakdown. At least, I believe that was the reason for the cancellation.
The part which surprised me was visiting the place where D-Day invasion took place. I thought it would be rather depressing, etc. However, it was extremely interesting to be at Pointe du Hoc, where the Allied forces scaled the 328 foot cliffs under fire from the German guns (which are still there to see). The Caen WWII memorial Museum was most interesting and I wish it could have been an even longer visit.
I wish I could provide more details but my memory does not serve me well. The most important thing was the great ship, the Bizet, its crew, the delicious meals and meeting so many nice travelers onboard. The waiters/waitresses were all nice but we especially enjoyed Vitor from Portugal. He knew I wanted to use some French and so did others, and he accommodated us during dinner with a few phrases and very professional service.
It was another great Grand Circle trip; one which we may take again.