River Cruise on the Seine
Back on board in La Roche-Guyon and on our way to Vernon known as the "Gateway to Normandy".
We re-pack our day bag and set out for our walk around this provincial town with it's cobblestone streets and half timbered houses.
These historic buildings are amazing with the hand made timbers. When we arrived, the village was fairly quiet. Our group was the main attraction. By evening the streets came alive. I enjoyed browsing in the shops even more than in Paris itself.
The focus of our walk was visiting Notre Dame. The Steeple was under construction but still amazing. The intricate design detail in unbelievable. Yes, there is a Notre Dame in nearly every city. We were unable to get inside the one in Paris since they are still in restoration mode from the fire. But this one is spectacular as well. Just look at the designs in the photos below.
Each night and day along the Seine we traversed several locks. During the day they all look very similar. Large cement and steel walls that open and close to allow the water level to be adjusted. In the evening as we speed up, you can feel the ship rise within the lock and hear the rush as the gates open underneath the ship.
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