Paris to London

The Eurostar trains that connect Paris to London, via The Chunnel, depart Paris from Gare du Nord.

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Place St. Michel

Place St. Michel is a public square in the Latin Quarter of Paris, on the left bank of the Seine River.

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Latin Quarter

We enjoyed a leisurely stroll through the Latin Quarter and along the left bank of the Seine River.

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Montparnasse Tower

Montparnasse Tower is a 56 story building with an observation deck offering great views of Paris.

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Napoleon's Tomb

Invalides is the location of the Musée de l'Armée (Army Museum) and Napoleon Bonaparte's tomb.

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Eiffel Tower

We didn't have to join the long lines of people waiting to buy tickets to go up the tower, as we bought tickets in advance.

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The Louvre

We spent 90 minutes in the Louvre. That’s a brief visit, but you could spend a week there and still miss a lot.

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Paris Bus Tour

We took a bus tour of Paris to see the city. You see more of the city on a bus then you do underground on the Metro.

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Versailles

We spent several hours exploring the Chateau de Versailles. Versailles is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Bayeux to Paris

We drove from Bayeux to nearby Caen, where we boarded a train to Saint-Lazare station in Paris.

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Utah Beach

Utah Beach, on the English Channel coast in Normandy, was an American landing zone on D-Day.

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Winters Monument

Richard Winters was an American paratroop commander and fighter in Normandy on D-Day.

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La Fiere Bridge

On D-Day, U.S. paratroopers suffered heavy casualties during a fierce battle at La Fiere Bridge on the Merderet River.

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Sainte-Mere-Eglise

Sainte-Mere-Eglise was a critical target and objective of American paratroopers in the early morning hours of D-Day.

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Pointe du Hoc

Pointe du Hoc was part of Hitler's famous 'Atlantic Wall'. Today, you can walk through the remains of the German defenses.

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Omaha Beach

Omaha Beach was the deadliest of the 5 landing areas used by Allied forces during Operation Overlord.

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American Cemetery

The visitor center at the Normandy American Cemetery does a great job of telling the story of the battle at Omaha Beach.

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Bayeux

We saw the Bayeux Cathedral, which dates back to 1077, and we visited the famous Bayeux Tapestry.

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Arromanches

Arromanches, on Normandy's English Channel coast, was the location of the amphibious landings at Gold Beach on D-Day.

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To Normandy

Today we drove across northern France from Compiegne to Bayeux, in Normandy.

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World War I Trenches

At the Newfoundland Memorial at Beaumont-Hamel, France, visitors can walk through real World War I trenches.

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Lochnagar Crater

Lochnagar Crater was created during World War I when British sappers detonated explosives underneath German positions.

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Thiepval Memorial

The Battle of the Somme in 1916 was one of the bloodiest battles in the history of warfare.

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Compiegne Armistices

A clearing in the forest near Compiegne was the site of a German surrender in 1918 and a French surrender in 1940.

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Reims Catherdral

Most of the Kings of France were crowned at the Reims Cathedral, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Villy La Ferte

Fort de Villy La Ferte is the last outpost on the northern end of France's Maginot Line defenses.

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Sedan

Today we made a day trip to Sedan, France to visit the Chateau Fort de Sedan. Americans would call it the Sedan Castle.

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Maginot Line Tour

Fort Hackenberg was a defense outpost on France's famous Maginot Line, near the small town of Veckring.

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Schengen

The historic Schengen Agreement permits people to move freely throughout most of Europe without border controls.

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Luxembourg City

Luxembourg City is the largest and most important city in the small nation of Luxembourg.

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To France

We drove from Bastogne, Belgium through Luxembourg to reach our next hotel in Yutz, France.

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Belgium

We visited Battle of the Bulge sites and memorials in Bastogne and in the nearby village named Foy.

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Dreilandenpunt

Dreilandenpunt is the Dutch word for the point at which 3 countries (Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium) meet.

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Bridge at Remagen

In 1945, the American army used the "Bridge at Remagen" to get a foothold on the east side of the Rhine River.

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German Corner

The 'German Corner', or 'Deutsches Eck', is the point where the Mosel River flows into the Rhine River.

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Rhine River Cruise

The section of the Rhine River that we cruised upon today is widely considered to be the most scenic.

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To Koblenz

Our train from Amsterdam brought us to Cologne, where we transferred to a train that took us to Koblenz.

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Walking Amsterdam

The guided walking tour showed us parts of Amsterdam that we wouldn't have seen via public transportation or canal tours.

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Museumplein

Museumplein is a popular public space in Amsterdam with a large park and 3 impressive museums.

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Amsterdam Canals

A canal cruise is an excellent way for a first-time visitor to see the popular sights in Amsterdam.

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To Amsterdam

Our travel from London to Amsterdam began on a Eurostar train that rides the 'Chunnel' from England to France.

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Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum in London showcases many fascinating items from Britain's long military history.

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Stonehenge

We boarded a tour bus near London's Trafalgar Square for an outing to see Stonehenge.

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Portrait Gallery

We started our day of sightseeing with a visit to the National Portrait Gallery in London.

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London Landmarks

We visited Abbey Road Studios, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace.

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London Bus Tour

On our first full day in London, we used a sightseeing bus to see the famous attractions of the city.

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