Carnival’s newest and largest ship in the Med – first stop Marseilles, France
at Le Glacier du Roi

Carnival’s newest and largest ship in the Med – first stop Marseilles, France

Marseilles is our first stop on a 10-day cruise of the Mediterranean on Carnival Vista, Carnival’s new and largest ship, carrying more than 4,000 passengers and nearly 1500 crew.

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World War II history comes alive for families visiting Normandy
Grave of Theodore Roosevelt Jr at Omaha Beach cemetery

World War II history comes alive for families visiting Normandy

June 6 marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and many families, even if they can’t visit, will be thinking about grandfathers and great-grandfathers, sons, uncles and cousins who fought and died here.

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Touring Paris, and other cities, with those who live there
Paris Greeter Edouard Morhange at a seafood shop

Touring Paris, and other cities, with those who live there

In Paris with a "Paris Greeter," one of 360 volunteers who offer some 3,000 free tours every year. There's likely a Greeter organization in any big city near you and all over the world.

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A family tour of a Paris neighborhood with a local guide
Owner of Cafe Cartouche who whipped up steak frites especially for us

A family tour of a Paris neighborhood with a local guide

We’re in Gerard Merlot, a shop famous for macarons in the St Germain district of Paris, with guide Genevieve, who we’ve met through a terrific company called Tours by Locals.

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A visit to the town where Vincent Van Gogh spent his final most prolific days
Back of church in Auvers sur Oise painted by Van Gogh

A visit to the town where Vincent Van Gogh spent his final most prolific days

I’m literally walking in Vincent Van Gogh’s footsteps to the field where he painted the famous paintings like the Wheatfield of Crows and where he shot himself.

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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 Rouen, France — where Joan of Arc died and Monet painted a famous cathedral

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.

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Two days touring the D-Day sites in Normandy
Small section of American Cemetery at Omaha Beach

Two days touring the D-Day sites in Normandy

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.

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A cruise with a difference — along the Seine River in Normandy
Along the Seine River from the Avalon Waterways Creativity

A cruise with a difference — along the Seine River in Normandy

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.

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