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In My Viewfinder: Two Overnights In Paris On Avalon Creativity

Avalon Creativity was docked within view of the Eiffel Tower, about 30 minutes away by foot. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

Wifi is extremely spotty on Avalon Creativity as we make our way along La Seine. Thus, I am stringing together technologies to post: The photos were uploaded from my MacBook Pro on one of the rare occasions when I was able to access WiFi; the text was written and the post published using my iPhone. River cruisers should take note that if you’ve ever considered unplugging, a river cruise may just be the perfect vehicle to force you to do so. Me? I am using the time to be fully present during the last three days of nearly a month of travel with my son.

One of the aspects of our adventure on Avalon Creativity that Alex and I have enjoyed so far has been the two overnights in Paris. The river cruiser functions much like a hotel, and as you can see in the photo above, we had a good view of the Eiffel Tower from the aft lounge on Avalon Creativity.

We spent the day exploring Paris and stopped for lunch in the Latin Quarter. We were only intrigued by the fondue. We ended up having kebabs and falafels instead at another restaurant, however. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle
We enjoyed seeing the colorful markets in the Saint-Germain area. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle
We were lucky that there were no lines at the Musée d’Orsay, and so we got in quickly and explored for two hours. The line at the nearby Louvre was at least an hour’s wait. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle
Look closely, you can see Sacre Coeur in the background. We climbed the dome of the basilica a few days before. Photographed from Musée d’Orsay. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle
We enjoyed the Musée d’Orsay. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle
At Place de la Concorde, we can practically see our way back to Avalon Creativity. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle
We walked to the Eiffel Tower at midnight, an event that neither of us will ever forget. There were thousands of people sitting in picnic-style clusters on the long lawn facing the tower: a perfect Parisian night. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

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