The famous French poet Frédéric Mistral said that he who has seen Paris and not Cassis has seen nothing. What did he find so special here? Let’s go check it out. Once only a fishing port, Cassis has become a popular seaside resort. The cool streets along the sea and in the Old Town are… [Read More]
Marseille is a wonderful destination, full of history — if you know what to look for. Otherwise, the city can appear edgy and unsafe. Marseille is also the gateway to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the birthplace of world-class wines, and cities such as Avignon and Aix-en-Provence that exude the charm of this beautiful region. Learn… [Read More]
Marseille is the gateway to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the birthplace of world-class wines, and cities such as Avignon and Aix-en-Provence that exude the charm of Provence.
On Friday, Avalon Creativity docked in Vernon, France, and we visited the home and gardens of the impressionist artist Claude Monet. Giverny was exceptionally beautiful on the morning we visited, and the day is perhaps best conveyed in our own impressions though the following photos. Live Voyage Report Day 1: Cruising La Seine From Paris to… [Read More]
The following report details a shore excursion taken on Sunday, May 8, 2011. When Silver Spirit docked in Monte Carlo, a dozen or so of us joined a special shore excursion to St. Paul de Vence. No one seemed to mind the 75-minute drive in the comfortable minibus, as we crossed the Middle Corniche, passing the… [Read More]
If you are looking to cruise out of the UK this spring, summer or fall, you might want to consider Fred.Olsen Cruises. Along with P&O, Fred. Olsen serves the rapidly-expanding British market from a variety of UK-based homeports. Cruise departures are available from well-known ports like Southampton and Dover, as well as the smaller ports… [Read More]
Cruising from Monte Carlo? Don’t miss seeing the best sights and attractions in Monaco, Nice and Villefranche. We show you how to see it all in two days. Few regions have as much to offer cruise passengers as Nice, Villefranche and Monaco. Ships call at all three destinations (though typically not on the same itinerary),… [Read More]
There is no picture from my day that would give further justification to the proclamation my ex-wife inevitably put forth each time I called her from some breath-taking place: “You want to live in every place you visit,” she rightly accused. That occupational hazard was indeed present on this idyllic September day in Bordeaux, a… [Read More]