Molly’s Trips

France, 2012

I recently returned from an 8 day trip to Paris and Normandy with a wonderful group. The tour was privately designed by the leaders and European Express was the operator. We had a fantastic tour manager/guide, Christine, who was extremely knowledgeable and could solve any problem.

I was able to see Omaha Beach and Arrowmanches, as well as the WWII cemeteries for the German soldiers and the American soldiers. Another highlight of the trip was visiting Mont. St. Michel, a place I’ve wanted to see since 8th grade French class.

I also took a walking tour in Paris by parisbymouth.com which was loads of fun, educational, and flavorful. We visited a bakery, cheese shop, chocolate and macaron shop, and a candy store. Lots of eating along the way.

I would definitely do that again, although it is pricey.

I enjoyed several museums in Paris, of course the Louvre and the Musee d”Orsay. I also went to the Musee Guimet, the Asian art museum, which has great displays of countries east of Afghanistan. My favorite objects were the Han/Tang dynasty female polo players:

In Paris, the group stayed at the Hotel Westminster in the 1er arrondissement; just a block from the Opera Garnier. The standard rooms are very small, too small for singles traveling together to have enough space. They are fine for a couple without much luggage! Our package included breakfast, which was a huge buffet spread with hot and cold foods and excellent waiters to refresh coffee, tea, and juice.  In Caen, our jumping-off point for Normandy sightseeing, we stayed at the Best Western Plus Malherbe. While not located near the old town and sights, it had very modern amenities and had larger rooms.

If I were to do this itinerary again, I’d stay one more night in Caen and go to see Honfleur and surrounds. But I thoroughly enjoyed this trip.

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