My D-Day Story: A Startling Discovery At The American Cemetery


In the summer of 2012, while cruising on Avalon Creativity, I visited the D-Day Landing Beaches and the American Cemetery with my son Alex. Seeing how — and where — the invasions took place was both poignant and fascinating, but it was at the cemetery where we discovered something that took us by surprise: the grave… [Read More]

On Our Sister Site: The Ongoing Evolution of River Cruising


Since it has been the fastest-growing segment of the travel industry for a few years now, there’s a tendency among many travelers to think of river cruising as something new. But as we’ve written in the past, river cruises throughout Europe have been around for decades. Indeed, lines like Uniworld Boutique Cruise Collection and Viking… [Read More]

Cruising With Teens, Are They Paying Attention? This One Was: A Kid’s View Of Rouen

© 2012 Ralph Grizzle

I wasn’t even sure he had been paying attention, and yet he had been. That’s the way it is when you travel with teens. They can appear to be uninterested and distracted, and yet, a couple of months after we returned home from a cruise along the Seine River on Avalon Waterways’ Creativity, my son… [Read More]

In My Viewfinder: River Baroness & Avalon Creativity In Les Andelys, France

River Baroness in Les Andelys © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

This past July, my 15-year-old son Alex and I spent a beautiful morning in Les Andelys, France. We were traveling between Paris and Rouen on Avalon Creativity. For the full story, check out the story on our sister site River Cruise Advisor, or simply enjoy the photos in the slideshow below. Trouble viewing the Flickr… [Read More]

Avalon Creativity Cruise Review: Seven Days On The Seine, Does Avalon Measure Up?

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I’ve just finished cruising for seven days from Paris to Rouen and back on Avalon Waterways’ Creativity. You can read about the nuts and bolts of Avalon Creativity and the company that runs it, Avalon Waterways, on our sister site, River Cruise Advisor. Certainly, there is a lot of parity in the river cruise segment…. [Read More]

Son Shines In Summer: Winding Up Weeks Of Cruising On Crystal Serenity & Avalon Creativity

It has been a great summer for my 15-year-old son Alex and me. We flew to Istanbul on June 30 to cruise for 12-nights to Monte Carlo on Crystal Serenity. For the highlights, check out Did Crystal Serenity Deliver? We Asked If Crystal Cruises Offers A Product Fit For A Teen? Afterward, we spent two… [Read More]

A Trip To The Landing Beaches & A Stunning Discovery At The American Cemetery

© 2012 Ralph Grizzle

Yesterday, with Avalon Creativity docked for a second day in lovely Rouen, Alex and I visited the D-Day Landing Beaches and the American Cemetery. For the two-plus-hour drive to the coast of Normandy, I had downloaded Saving Private Ryan on my iPad. Watching the movie was a fitting way to introduce a 15-year-old boy to… [Read More]