Sorry, but this medium simply does not do the job in getting the message and emotions involved in visiting the USA Cemetery …
During the 76 days of the Battle of Normandy …
210,000 Allied troops killed
200,000 German troops killed
200,000 German troops captured
… … …
Please God, let us never forget the price of tyranny.
Statue at the front of the cemetery. Lifting life and freedom to the heavens
The reflecting pool and walk to the Chapel
9,000+ of our Soldiers rest here
Time to bid goodbye to the MS AmaLegro
Up early to bid our riverboat & crew goodbye … set off on a panoramic tour of Paris’ most famous sights … the finale being a walking tour of Musee d’Orsay to enjoy art pieces of the masters … priceless !!
All the staff were terrific … picture of our dinning room waiters
Checked into the Pullman Hotel … on the Left Bank close to the Luxembourg Gardens … very contemporary!
Quickly off to our second MAC concert with Brooks and a brilliant young violinist (23), Benjamin Baker … born in New Zealand … his first concert at 12 for the Mozart Festival before 1,000 … now continues international performances.
The program this afternoon included solos by both artists plus duets. Works included were by Liszt, Paganini, Elgar, Massenet, and Kriesler. This was a show to remember.
Finally, no visit to Paris would be complete without seeing a cabaret performance … the Paradis Latin cabaret provided the wine, champagne, dinner, comedy, acrobatics, and dancing girls (CanCan) … sorry, photos not allowed !!!
Near midnight we found our way back to our hotel … exhausted and feeling the effects of a great day.
As mentioned earlier, this was a BIG day … following the emotion filled, cold-windy-rainy visit to Normandy Beaches, we returned to AmaLegro … freshened up … back on a bus to ‘Espace du Moineau’ (a concert hall located in a Rouen church) for a classical piano concert by Brooks Aehron (London Concert pianist).
When Brooks was just 10 years old, he was selected for free tuition at London’s famous Royal College of Music. Following major academic achievements and teaching positions, he began appearing at such venues as the London Palladium … soon had his own show on BBC “Brooks Aehron’s Serenade” … eventually founding “Music at Sea” with this cruise being MAC’s 45th.
This is our 5th. MAS cruise with Brooks … his sparkle, wit, humor & talent are entertaining as he shares enlightening & funny stories about the eclectic behavior of the ‘Masters” music he is about to play.
The program tonight included selections from works by Couperin, Debussy and Chopin … … if you love piano, you will love Brooks !!!
Concert over … exhaustion put most of us to sleep during the bus ride back to our riverboat. A BIG day indeed … AmaLegro remained over another night in Rouen.