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Oct. 9, 2012 |

By Don & Maureen Anderson Owners of the Cruise Store Now that summer is over, I'm starting to think of my next vacation. OK, I admit that I'm always thinking of my next vacation, and France is on my mind as a great option. The country is very diverse and a trip of a lifetime. With the history, art and of course, great wine, it appeals to all. A great way to experience France is onboard a river cruise. Viking River Cruises offers three different itineraries in France. Paris and the Heart of Normandy is a history buff's dream, and we were lucky to have the opportunity to take this trip a couple of years ago. Combine the magic of Paris with the beauty of France's Norman countryside and, voila! Experience history firsthand at the Normandy beaches, site of the famous Allied invasion on D-Day in 1944. Enjoy the Gothic architecture of Rouen and see where Joan of Arc was tried and executed. You can lose yourself in the exquisite gardens of Giverny, whose beautiful colors inspired Impressionist Claude Monet for many years. Walk the cobblestone streets of provincial Vernon and of course there is magnificent Paris, the world's most romantic city! Portraits of Southern France offers a lovely scenic cruise along the Saone and Rhone Rivers passing some of the most beautiful vistas the French countryside has to offer. During the 8-day journey explore the famed region of Burgundy and the lavender fields of Provence. Visit the Gallo-Roman ruins in both Vienne and Arles: walk the streets of Arles to see how it inspired Vincent van Gogh. Visit the historic Papal Palace in Avignon, the "City of the Popes" Learn about the regions time-honored wine making traditions, sample Burgundy varietals and try the world-famous cuisine in Lyon. Their last cruise is France's Finest which combines much of the first two cruises. This special cruise is 15 days from Paris to Avignon. Viking has the world's largest fleet of river cruise ships, and this year introduced four new Viking Longships with cutting edge design built for comfort, al fresco dining, spacious staterooms offering quality linens on hotel-style beds and full verandas. Included in your cruise fare are your onboard meals along with complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; wi-fi, lectures; and guided shore excursions in each port. Viking offers ways to save including their e-check program, Referral Rewards programs, and past guest travel credits. Book select sailings between Oct. 20 and Nov. 3 to receive $200 onboard spending money! Visit our Viking website http://www.vikingrivercruises.com/myagent/cruisestore/ to see all of the different itineraries offered by Viking, as well as videos of the ships and destinations. Email us at sales@cruisestore.com or call us at 525-9001. Bon Voyage. Sponsored by The Cruise Store 55 Maple St., East Longmeadow 413-525-9001 CruiseStore.com Bookmark and Share

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