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  1. We had lunch onboard, and afterward, Jeannie was feeling a little weak, and wanted to take a nap. I went back into town to poke around a little more. On my way back to the ship, I got a text from Jeannie, that she felt feverish and was shivering. When I got back to our room, Jeannie was not looking good. Well, not exactly true, Jeannie always looks good, but she was not looking particularly healthy. Jeannie is a former RN, and from her symptoms, she was pretty sure she knew what her problem was, and knew that she needed a medical consultation. Unlike ocean cruise ships, river ships as a rule do not have medical personnel onboard. I went to the reception area, and our Cruise Manager AJ was there. I told him of our problem, he said that we had a choice of going to an emergency room, or having a doctor come to the ship. Jeannie did not really feel up to going out, so we asked if he could call a doctor. He did, and said that the doctor should be here within 2 hours. This was 3:30 PM. At 5:40, AJ called our room and said that he has been calling, and was told that the doctor is delayed, but will definitely be here. The doctor arrived at about 7, a very nice young man, who after taking history and examining Jeannie, confirmed her suspicion as to diagnosis. He gave us a prescription for an antibiotic, and said that it was a one dose deal, and 80% of the time the issue is resolved within 24 hours. The problem- it was now 7:30, all aboard was 8, and sailing set for 8:30. I have no clue as to where to go to get this prescription filled, and how long it is likely to take. Just then, Concierge Robert came to our room to see how things were going, and offered to get the prescription filled for us. He did, and returned just about 8. He said that he had to take a cab to the pharmacy, and laid out the money for the prescription, and told me the prescription cost. I asked him how much the taxi fare was, and he said, "no problem, sir, that is on us"! That night, for the first time in our cruising lives, we had dinner in our room. We were very fortunate to have a room large enough to dine in comfortably, and very fortunate to have a butler. Valentin, our butler is an absolute gem. He served us from the dining room menu, course by course, and at the pace that we wanted. Amazing service. There was an entertainer in the lounge that night, a singer named Kania, but we were clearly not up for going out. And so another first for us is that we watched a movie in our room. We chose "An American in Paris ". I must confess that we fell asleep not long after the movie started, not because it wasn't enjoyable, but because we were rather wiped out by the day's activities and stress. The end of the story is a good one, Jeannie did respond to the antibiotic and we were not hampered in enjoying the rest of the cruise.
  2. Day 12 May 28 Lyon Lyon is a beautiful French city, but I guess that statement is somewhat redundant. I am coming to realize that the term "beautiful" used in conjunction with "French city, town, or village" is completely superfluous! First things first- in my ignorance of the French language, I always pronounced this city "lee own". This is not correct, nor is it Leon, nor is it lion. It is pronounced, as best as I can tell, as one syllable, with a hard o sound, and only the slightest hint of the final n. And whatever you do, please do not forget the French attitude! Our excursion was "Lyon Gastronomic City Tour". Our first stop was at this magnificent cathedral, which is not called Notre Dame de Lyon! But no worries, it is called Notre Dame de Fourviere, Fourviere being one of the arrondissements of Lyon. The cathedral is located at the top of the hill with a nice view of Lyon Next we went to the Hotel Dieu where there is a large market Here we had our first "gastronomical" offering, of 2 cheeses Next we went to La Halle where we had cider and a trout pate Our final offering was at a local cafe, where we had a "brioche of pralines", which was the consensus winner. Lyon is also known as City of Murals- there are building that have paintings that depict historical events and famous people. Here is one of the most popular The people and events depicted can be read about here, it is pretty interesting. Lyon Public Murals Wait- what city am I in????? Saint Nizier Church Place Bellecour The "Flower Tree", a work of Korean artist Jeong-Hwa Choi More sights of Lyon On this trip, everything has been going along about as well as could be expected, with nary a glitch. Could our luck hold out? Well........not exactly.........
  3. I hope and trust that your second leg will be much better than the first. And if not, keep dreaming about being on Navigator! Wishing you and TB a fabulous cruise (we did this itinerary a few years ago and loved it) Bob
  4. JP, I think I would have actually preferred this to what we did, our time in Beaune was pretty much confined to touring the magnificent Hospice, our free time was pretty much taken up with lunch. Little time for exploring the town, I think I would have preferred that to the upteenth presentation on wine production. But in fairness, most of the group seemed to really enjoy the visit to the vineyard, (including my wife), so I think that I am in the minority here. We did have a few hours free between lunch and all aboard, we chose to take it easy. There really wasn't any information provided for touring Lyon, not even maps left out at the front desk, although I imagine that it info would have been provided if asked. But we did have a full day in Lyon, that will be my next entry.
  5. Roz, this is correct, Uniworld offers 3 cruises in France which can be mixed and matched, Paris & Normandy on the JdV, Burgundy & Provence on the Catherine, and Bordeaux on the Bon Voyage. We did the "Grand France, which is the first 2, some did this itinerary in reverse. We met some people who did "Majestic France, which is the Bon Voyage and the JdV. And we ran into a few lucky folk who did "Ultimate France", which is all 3. To answer your previous question, the transfer between ships was seamless, all transfers and luggage handling was taken care of, and there were Uniworld reps accompanying us door to door.
  6. Me too! But in truth, the JdV isn't all that bad.
  7. Day 11 May 27 Macon, Beaune Today we took a little detour on the river Saone (not to be confused with the river Seine), and which is a tributary of the river Rhone.😶 Our excursion was "Burgundy Vineyards, Wine Tasting, Beaune and Hotel Dieu. We started with a drive to the Chateau de Meursault, a large vineyard in the Burgundy region of France. Here were given a tour of the wine cellars, and here I learned much more about the wine production of this region than I ever wanted to know. Did enjoy the wine tasting, however. We then went to the medieval town of Beaune. If you have been following this report, then I most likely do not need to tell you the name of this church. We started with some free time to explore, and had lunch on our own in a lovely French bistro. We had chicken salad and bruschetta. Was not expecting such a large portion. The bulk of our time was spent touring the Hotel Dieu, or Hospice de Beaune. It is a former hospital, now a museum, founded in 1443 by the Duke of Burgundy to care for the poor. A very historically and architecturally interesting place. The Last Judgement by Rogier van Weyden Back on board, we had the Captain's welcome reception Here is the evening's dinner menu Eggplant, tomato and peach salad, seared scallops and prawns Veal tenderloin, linguini clams and mussels
  8. Bob, very much appreciate your kind words.
  9. Let's take a little tour of the SS Catherine The Van Gogh Lounge Can you guess the name of this venue? If you guessed Leopard Bar, you are correct. (Or, more precisely "Bar du Leopard".) Pool (the water is not laden with algae, the green color is from lighting) Gym (not nearly as big as it looks- optical illusion due to mirrors) Our room was very similar to the one on the Joie de Vivre, but oh so easier on the eyes They call this an "open air balcony". In truth, if one is thinking in terms of a veranda on an ocean ship, it is nothing like it. The top half pulls down, and there is a net that you need to put up so that insects do not invade, as there is no way of closing it off from the rest of the room. The bottom is fixed (thankfully, as there is no railing.) So like the "french balcony" on the JdV, to me this is another Big Window. Still, a very lovely, comfortable room.
  10. Day 10 May 26 Transfer to Lyon and Boarding the SS Catherine Today we bid farewell to some friends that we made on the Joie de Vivre that were daparting. There was a group of about 40 of us who were continuing on to the Catherine. We were bussed to the Paris Gare du Nord train station to take the high speed TGV train to Lyon. The ride was a pleasant and comfortable one. Another cruise, another toast? Why not? We spent the day unpacking, relaxing, and getting to know the ship. We set sail to Macon at 6PM. Dinner menu We both had Asparagus salad, potato leek soup (no pic) and sea bass. First 2 courses were great but bass just ok.
  11. Absolutely no hijack, your post and pics are very much on point and much appreciated! Bob
  12. HappyTvlr, I spoke to several people who took the golf excursion, and they were very pleased with it, said that there were fabulous views from the course.
  13. Day 9 May 25 Paris We are back in Paris on our final day aboard the Joie de Vivre. We had a "Paris City Tour" excursion today Yes, we have seen these sites before, some of them multiple times, however somehow the phrase "too much Paris" just does not compute! Arc de Triomphe St Augustine Church Church of la Madeleine Louvre Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel Place Saint-Michel Pantheon (buried here are Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Émile Zola, many others) Les Invalides This was mainly a bus tour, with 2 stops. The first was at the Trocadero, where one gets the best view in Paris of a site that I don't think I can ever tire of seeing and Luxembourg Gardens. Not much in the way of flowers, but still a beautiful place to walk around. Spent the afternoon relaxing and packing, as we have to leave the SS JdV tomorrow😕 but we get to board the SS Catherine!😊 Dinner menu I had escargot, salmon cake and quail stuffed with foie gras. Also had the cream puff (did I say that I rarely order dessert?😮) I thought the meal was excellent, Jeannie had the salad, barley vegetables soup and char, and thought it was just ok.
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