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The Gems of the Seine River aboard the AmaLyra S e e i n g Fr a n c e t h r o u g h a M o t h e r ' s E y e s by Ilona K auremszky

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osing a loved-one is always difficult. We lost Dad five years ago. He never saw Paris and only saw the waterfront of Le Havre as he made his flight to Canada in 1957, leaving behind his war-ravaged homeland of Hungary that was pitted in fresh bullets from the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. My mum had never seen Paris either. But I have been blessed with many visits to the City of Light. For me, each trip has been filled with magical discoveries. Now it was time to kick-start Mum's Paris journey and to explore France through her eyes. This past spring we embarked on a river cruise that took us from the Haussmannbuilt Paris streets north to the Gothic shrines

of Normandy. I researched a variety of river cruises but kept circling back to AmaLyra's itinerary, amenities and included excursions provided by a top river cruise line company, AmaWaterways. Known for its unforgettable river cruise experiences, the award-winning cruise line has made spring-time river cruising a special occasion for all its guests. We know. We were among them. Mornings began with cappuccinos, our favourite coffee always promptly provided by the attentive restaurant staff. Daily tours were led by knowledgeable guides and the evenings turned into festive events thanks to the talented pianist Mike who tickled the ivories, playing a dueling harmonica and guitar simultaneously even singing pop songs.

I confess as a birthday girl whose bonne fete happened during our trip my sweet tooth was deeply satisfied with two birthday cakes presented in fine cruise fashion on separate occasions. One night during supper at The Chef's Table specialty restaurant I shared my cake with other dinner guests. Another evening around our circle of dining friends, the plumpest chocolate mousse cake made its grand entrance ushered in by a singing cast of crew. As avid gardeners and lovers of joie de vivre (Mum and I anticipate each dining affair with eager eyes and empty tummies), we reserved the all-inclusive tours best suited to our interests. On board the AmaLyra our affable cruise manager Melissa assisted guest inquiries. I pre-booked our excursions and was pleased to have done this. On boarding day, there was more free time

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