At les Andelys we chose the gentle tour -- a bus ride to an overlook where we saw the town below, the serpentine Seine off in both directions, and the ruins of
Chateau Gaillard. Our guide explained the history of this fortification, built by Richard the Lionheart in the late 12th century. The town was where the workers lived who quarried the limestone and built the fortress. Both have been destroyed at various times, but the town bustles now.
Beside the ship we watched a fisherman, 2 swans and many ducks.
The afternoon was one of lovely leisure. We sat in the front of the lounge for lunch and lingered there, watching the sights along the river, including dramatic white cliffs, like at Dover. Then we retired to our cabin where we read and dozed until cocktails and dinner. The evening entertainment was 3 very talented local guys with violins and guitar playing classical and not-so-classical music.