No, I am not Gene Kelly, and Betty is not Leslie Caron. Even so we are a couple of Americans off to France for a few weeks.
We begin with a two-day chance to overcome our jet lag and see some of Paris. Then, it will be time to board a long boat for an eight-day river cruise along the Seine River from the heart of Paris to Normandy. Every day features a chance to explore the towns and locations, like Monet's gardens in Giverny.
Upon our return to Paris, we take a train to the city of Caen where a private tour has been planned so Betty and I can explore some of the very deep roots her family has in parts of Normandy.
With a family connection going as far back as William the Conqueror, her maiden name, Montgomery (or Montgomerie) is attached to several castles and large estates. We will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore her history and dig into family legends she has only read about on Ancestry sites.
Her dad came ashore during the D-Day invasion at Utah beach and spent the next two years performing his military duties as an Army Captain, helping the Allies defeat the invading German forces. We will visit the beach he landed on, as well as visit the villages and countryside where he lived.
Finally, a train trip back to Paris, one night to catch our breath, and then a 16-hour trip home. Until then, this blog is taking a break. Look for a fresh post on September 11th, and then plenty of pictures and embarrassing stories of attempting to speak our very limited French.
Nous souhaitons bon voyage et bonne sante
(Wish us safe travels and good health)