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Seeing France From The Seine, With A Singing Captain And A Jazz Pianist

KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley has spent a lot of time in France leading group travel.

He’s driven the roads.

He’s ridden the rails.

But this last trip was aboard a riverboat, cruising down the Seine.

“We started right by the Eiffel Tower and then cruised north through the countryside of Normandy, which was stunning,” Brumley said. “[We went] past these beautiful chateaus and horse pastures and rolling hills and apple orchards.”

They ended up in Le Havre, a port city on the English Channel, before returning to Paris.

Brumley said the trip offered a new perspective on the countryside. And not just for the visitors.

“We were cruising with some French jazz artists, one in particular, Franck Amsallem, a great pianist from Paris,” Brumley said. “Here he is, he’s a Parisian … and he was just talking about how he’d spent years in Normandy, and how he’d never seen it from the water … He’d never seen the countryside and the villages and the towns like Rouen and Vernon and all these towns. It was wonderful to see it through his eyes.”


"Going Places" is 88.5's weekly exploration of travel. Our travel expert, Matthew Brumley, is co-founder of Earthbound Expeditions on Bainbridge Island, which provides small group travel to clients including KNKX. Never miss an episode again. Subscribe to Going Places with iTunesGoogle Play or Stitcher.

Ed Ronco is a former KNKX producer and reporter and hosted All Things Considered for seven years.