Our clients are doing amaz­ing things, and going on incred­i­ble adven­tures. So incred­i­ble in fact, we just had to share. This month we are excit­ed to share Mary Pat & Tim’s Viking Riv­er Cruise through France!

Our Viking Riv­er Cruise, Paris & Nor­mandy, began with a day in Paris fol­lowed by port stops and tours down the mean­der­ing, bucol­ic Riv­er Seine. The trip is mem­o­rable because of the excel­lent cus­tomer ser­vice of the Viking staff, as well as their thought­ful tour stop selec­tions and choos­ing guides that were knowl­edge­able about the loca­tion.

My hus­band is an artist and I am an art lover, so the Lou­vre in Paris was a def­i­nite trip high­light. To see art such as the Mona Lisa and Michaelanglo’s David left me breath­less. But the town of Giver­ney where the gar­dens of Mon­et are locat­ed felt like a dream. The gar­dens are tight­ly plant­ed with a riot of col­or. Walk­ing through the gar­dens felt as if I was in one of his paint­ings. After tour­ing his home and gar­dens, we strolled through the vil­lage to the church ceme­tery where he and his fam­i­ly are buried. While ambling through the ceme­tery we heard singing. Upon enter­ing the church, we found the choir prac­tic­ing. We were wel­comed to lis­ten to the impromp­tu con­cert. Such a spe­cial bonus to an already excep­tion­al day! A final high­light was the day we spent at the beach­es of Nor­mandy and the Amer­i­can Ceme­tery. We were each giv­en a white rose to place on the grave of our choice. Tim and I choose graves of unknown sol­diers. Our tour guide shared per­son­al sto­ries of her grand­par­ents’ par­tic­i­pa­tion in the French Resis­tance and how an Amer­i­can medic saved her grandfather’s life when he was injured dur­ing the bomb­ings. This tour impressed upon me the impor­tance of study­ing his­to­ry and appre­ci­at­ing the past. We enjoy the life we have now thanks to the sac­ri­fices of oth­ers.

Our 8 days in France were filled with art, his­to­ry, and love­ly coun­try­side. We have been home over a month and I can still feel the mag­ic.