European City Stays

Closer Magazine Winter 2013-14

EUROPEAN CITY STAYS Rouen Rouen – known as the ‘Town with a Thousand Spires’ – is the historic capital of Normandy, on the banks of the river Seine. It’s rich in monuments, cathedrals and museums, with pretty pedestrianised streets lined by tall, half-timbered houses. The city’s biggest historic draw is the statue on the Place du Vieux Marché, marking the spot where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake in 1431. With extended time in the city you can absorb the highlights at a relaxed pace. Take a stroll along the river followed by a spot of shopping – be sure to pick up some delicious macaroons in one of the delightful French patisseries. In the summer months after dark there’s a fantastic light show, projecting wonderful images onto the façade of Rouen Cathedral, including a selection of Monet’s paintings. The famous artist was inspired to paint his series of cathedral canvases by this impressive Gothic structure. Another way to make the most of your extra time here is to take a tour to the romantic French capital, Paris. Marvel at the famous landmarks of the ‘City of Light’, including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Orsay museums, the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Élysées. Without the need to rush back, you can witness the sparkling, early evening illuminations of this glorious city. Amsterdam Amsterdam’s historic 17th century centre, with its variety of gables and mansions, narrow streets and picturesque canals, is a wonderful place to simply amble around. Why not browse the chic boutiques, lose yourself in an antiquarian bookshop, or relax in one of the canal-side bars? Amsterdam has a rich architectural history; even the famous Red Light District has some of the oldest and most beautiful buildings within the city. There’s also a wealth of attractions to explore, including the haunting yet fascinating Anne Frank’s House; colourful flower markets; the popular Vondelpark; and an abundance of 42 www.fredolsencruises.com art galleries in the Museum Quarter, boasting works by the likes of Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Picasso. Make the most of your extra time here and take a tour to a windmill village in the Dutch countryside, where you can see wooden clogs and Edam cheese being made! A trip to Amsterdam is not complete without a canal cruise, made all the more enchanting and romantic at night when many of the houses and bridges are illuminated. Glide along the waterways in the comfort of a luxury saloon boat and enjoy delicious snacks and drinks as you pass many of the city’s main sights. Copenhagen With its Royal castles, pretty canals and leafy parks blending with awardwinning architecture, the attractive capital of Denmark has something for everyone to enjoy. Learn about the Danish royal family with visits to the historic Christiansborg and Rosenborg Palaces; discover the colourful pavement cafés and shops of Strøget; look out for


Closer Magazine Winter 2013-14
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