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Paris, known as the "City of Light," was one of the many interesting stops along the Seine River cruise sponsored by the Syracuse University Alumni Association.
The true grandeur of the Palace of Versailles in Paris comes alive as you marvel at the extravagance of its gilded ballrooms, imagine magnificently bejeweled courtiers filling its immense halls, and stroll along the paths of its luxurious gardens. This famous home of kings was one of the many exciting stops along the Seine River made by SU alumni and friends on a 12-day river cruise sponsored by the Syracuse University Alumni Association.
Last fall, some 100 alumni from SU, Brown, and Dartmouth shared accommodations aboard the river cruiser M/S Normandie. The scenic journey through the heart of France began in Paris, with two days devoted to discovering the wonders of the romantic “City of Light.” While traveling the Seine at night, participants were dazzled by a spectacular display of thousands of lights flashing on the Eiffel Tower. They also heard informative lectures on French art, poetry, and culture.
From Paris, the ship glided up river through the French countryside, stopping at Giverny, where travelers wandered through Claude Monet’s lush gardens and bright pink and green home; Rouen, with its ancient avenues laced with half-timbered houses and flamboyant Gothic architecture; enchanting Caudebec; and the port village of Honfleur. An excursion to the beaches of Normandy took in the stirring memorial at the battle site of Omaha Beach. “The trip gave my husband an opportunity to return to Omaha Beach for the first time since D-Day,” says Helene Zukof of Louisville, Kentucky, who traveled with husband Walter Zukof ’50. “It was a wonderful experience—the river and the company were just great.”
After a brisk train ride aboard the Eurostar to London, alumni were ensconced in the elegant Churchill Intercontinental on Portman Square, with easy access to all points of this sophisticated city. Tours of the city, Windsor Palace, and Churchill’s Cabinet War Rooms capped the journey, with plenty of free time to wander leisurely through London’s picturesque streets, investigating unique shops as well as the fabled Harrods department store.
“This was a terrific trip,” says Ann Ginsberg Klein ’58 of Syracuse, who went on the Seine cruise with husband Irwin ’55. “We got a wonderful overview of two great cities, and traveling slowly on the river was the best way to appreciate the beautiful countryside. In fact, I know the University is offering almost the exact same trip next fall. I’m tempted to go again!”
For information on future alumni travel opportunities, contact Tina Casella in the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-800-SUALUMS or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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