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October 15 Newsletter No 3

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October Newsletter 

Welcome to MyTravel to You newsletter no. 3, an extension of my blogs, facebook and twitter posts, anecdotes, travel news, events, my latest travels and pictures and some useful tips.

RIVER CRUISING 
Tapestry II is the newest ship on Avalon’s River Cruise fleet and we were lucky enough to be invited to sample the Paris to Rouen section of the itinerary. Many of the clients are American and for most of them, their purpose is to see the Normandy Landings Beach of Omaha during their cruise.

This cruise starts and finishes in Paris which is so easy to get to from anywhere in the world and it is very easy to extend before or after the cruise to incorporate a stay in Paris or elsewhere in Europe.

Our trip began in Paris so I chose the optional tour to Eiffel Tower. This small group tour bypassed the long, unmoving queue and we were soon in the lift to the 2nd floor and on that beautiful clear and sunny day, we could see all over Paris as far as Sacre Coeur and Montmartre and the skyscraper belt at the edge of the city limits.

We didn’t have far to go to get on board our home for the next 5 days. We were greeted with a friendly smile and a welcome drink. Our cabins were compact but well designed with plenty of wardrobe space and a Juliet balcony to enjoy the views as we sailed along. We were soon able to sample the wonderful cuisine, so beautifully presented and perfect for all tastes and dietary requirements.

On Day 2 most of us chose Monet’s house and garden in Giverny which was just a short distance from Vernon. This was one the loveliest trips I have ever done, just like being inside Monet’s paintings. If you love flowers and gardens, you must do this trip. In the afternoon we sailed along to the small town of Les Andelys, flanked by its distinctive small white cliffs and overlooked by Chateau Gallard. The more energetic ones amongst us walked up to the castle, the rest of us relaxed on the sundeck or walked around the town

We sailed in the evening to Caudebec en Caux where were based for two days. We chose Route des Chaumieres, beautiful thatched and timbered cottages followed by a visit to the interesting little  market town of Pont Audemer. We enjoyed the market and some great bargains. In the afternoon we walked around Caudebec en Caux which was small but did have a Carrefour that was open and its very own Notre Dame which was badly damaged during the war and has some very impressive restoration work at the entrance and lovely stained glass windows.

On Day 4 most of chose Taste of Normandy rather than Normandy Landings which was influenced by the prospect of heavy rain and also by the visit to Bayeaux to see the famous tapestry and the impressive Cathedral of Notre Dame as well as some Creperies and little tourist shops. I enjoyed Bayeaux and wish I had more time there. Taste of Normandy included a simple, traditional lunch in Beuvron-en-Auge an incredibly pretty chocolate box village with timbered houses. We finished off our day with a visit to a Calvados distillery and a chance to sample some amber nectar with apple tart at the end of the day. Sadly tonight was our last night and a last chance to sample the wonderful cuisine, say goodbye to our new American and Canadian friends and our friendly crew and dance along to low key entertainment

Day 5 – The later ones got a chance to walk round Rouen and a chance to see their Notre Dame but sadly we had to go back straight after breakfast.

We thoroughly enjoyed our short but very memorable river cruise along the Seine

THIS MONTH

I’ve had some really interesting challenges this month.

  • Travelling to Spain by rail and spending time in a few interesting places incorporating culture and interest
  • A safari in South Africa
  • Prague Christmas Market
  • A diving holiday to Egypt
  • Skiing holidays
  • A two centre to Athens and Peleponese

October is a good time to grab a bargain to the Caribbean or Indian Ocean just before the peak winter season. It is also a good time to look at cheaper air fares and off peak city deals.

DO

  • Take advantage of a late summer break without the kids
  • Read the latest FCO advice
  • Check your vaccinations are up to date
  • Renew your passport if it is due to run out over the next 9 months
THIS MONTH’S NEWS
Canadian carrier Air Transat has launched an October seat sale, with one-way fares starting from £191.

The sale rates are available for flights booked until 19 October , and are valid for travel from November 2015 to October 2016

SUMMER 16 SCHEDULES

Schedule airlines are released to early September 16 .

Easyjet release their peak summer schedule on 22nd October. Book straightaway to secure the lowest airfares for the peak summer holiday season. The fares will NOT go down

NEW ROUTE

BA will fly direct to Lima

Emirates and Qatar continue to expand

ANA launch to Sydney

CRUISE NEWS

The ship, which will initially be homeported in Shanghai, will be called Majestic Princess

NEXT MONTH

I will be writing an article on my little break to Vienna and Bratislava.

CATHIE O’DEA TRAVEL COUNSELLOR

020 7432 4740

cathie.odea@travelcounsellors.com

http://www.travelcounsellors.co.uk/cathie.odea

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