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Jul 9, 2015
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In Rouen, France — where Joan of Arc died and Monet painted a famous cathedral


Commemorative statude of Joan of Arc
In this medieval city, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. Today we see a cathedral that was begun in 1145—amazing it is still standing after being damaged in WWII. Nearly 9,000 half timbered houses burned during WWII. more
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Two days touring the D-Day sites in Normandy


Small section of American Cemetery at Omaha Beach
We are at the famous Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial overlooking Omaha Beach, where the massive allied assault on the Normandy on June 6, 1944 aimed to liberate France and defeat Nazi Germany. more
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A cruise with a difference — along the Seine River in Normandy


Along the Seine River from the Avalon Waterways Creativity
I’m on a different kind of cruise—a River Cruise on the Seine in France on Avalon Waterways Creativity—just 140 passengers on this 361-foot long barge and with just 70 staterooms and two suites. more
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Cruising on the Seine River – a stop at Monet’s Garden in Giverny


The Japanese Bridge over the pond in Monet's Garden
I’m walking in Monet’s glorious gardens at Giverny on sunny day thinking about a little girl skipping over the famous green Japanese Bridges a big smile on her face. more
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Learning about grapes and history in the Champagne region near Paris


Vineyards in the Champagne region of France
We’re sitting in a family dining room in a tiny French village eating chicken cooked in champagne and sipping champagne. This is the Champagne Region of France afterall. more
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Time-traveling in Paris — to a tiny hotel in a 17th Century building


Shopping and dining at night in St. Germaine district of Paris
We’ve moved from the heart of fashionable Paris to the St. Germaine neighborhood on the Left Bank and feel like we’ve time traveled, checking in to the tiny Hotel Verneuil, a 26-room hotel that is housed in a 17th century building. more
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Touring the famous Louvre in Paris with a family-oriented guide


Children getting an art and history lesson from a guide in the Louvre
Eighty per cent of her clients are American families. She notes that most guides, while true experts in their field, aren’t often as willing to play to the kids’ interests so when booking a guide, it is key to make sure they appreciate that kids’ may not have as long attention span. more
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Two weeks in France visiting Paris, champagne country and Normandy via river cruise


Place des Voges in Paris
Arriving in Paris jet-lagged, a quick trip to see Monet's water lillies at the Musee de L'Orangerie was just the tonic. Armed with a Paris Pass, we didn't have to wait in a long line for tickets. more
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A Taste of MyMagic+ at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival


Epcot at Walt Disney World in Florida
I’s hard not to have a great time when it’s fall and you’re attending the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival! This year, we also had the opportunity to test out Disney’s new vacation planning tool called MyMagic+. more
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In Aspen, kids playing with their food is encouraged!


All hands for pasta-making
Never were two boys more unlike one another than mine when it comes to cooking. My elder son, Tanner, age 8, abhors anything remotely culinary, while my younger, Brady, age 5, was all but born with an apron wrapped around his waist, a wooden stirring spoon in his hand. The consummate chef and critic. more
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