The peace and sense of stillness is incredible. Ancient chateaux and long abandoned monasteries suddenly appear from between gaps in the foliage, their walls seared with memories of another time and place. You are literally staring history in the face on this silent, spellbinding river.
The towns appear like random exclamation marks. Pretty, yacht filled Honfleur has a gorgeous town centre, set around a rectangular quayside flanked by bars, shops and houses, several storeys high and painted in shades of blue, green and slate grey. The nearby Monet Gardens are a lush, tranquil expanse of gorgeous plants and fauna. At the nearby beach, you’ll see the incredible play of light on water that drove so many Impressionist painters- Monet included- to depict Honfleur so often.
Many river cruises also visit historic, storied Rouen, with its magnificent, medieval spread of half timbered houses that wind along cobbled streets. You should also see Notre Dame here, and also the beautiful church of Saint Maclou. These are two of the masterpieces that give Rouen it’s nickname, the ‘city of a thousand spires’.
And, as a fantastic finale, you sail into the heart of Paris itself, with amazing views of Notre Dame and the Ile de La Cite as you arrive.
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