Wednesday, 3 October -- Conflans/Auvers-sur-Oise

We walked in the footsteps of
Vincent Van Gogh this morning, where he spent the last 70 days of his life.

Many of his familiar paintings were created here and it was very interesting to see them side-by-side with the subject. It rained, but just for a few moments. It was quite a bit of walking, including a long uphill to the cemetery where

he and his brother Théo are buried, so we were glad to get back to the ship.
The afternoon was devoted to packing and getting organized for tomorrow's trip home. This has been a long and busy trip, with quite a few emotional moments, so it'll be good to be back in Canada for the next month or so.
Cruising through the outskirts of Paris it was interesting to see numerous houseboats of different descriptions -- old freighters or barges with windows cut into the sides and various amounts of "spiffying". They often have permanent walkways up to the bank where there are lawn-looking things.
By the time we docked in central Paris, we were at dinner, but when we finished we went up to the sun deck to enjoy
the view of the Eiffel Tower all lit up. Shortly, the Captain lowered the wheelhouse, moved to the middle of the river and backed under the bridge so we had an amazing view of  Lady Liberty and the Eiffel tower. But wait --there's more!

Suddenly lights all over the tower started flashing and the show got even better -- what a spectacular end to a great vacation!

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