In September 2015 Heather and I flew to Paris where we spent a week before joining a group embarking on the Scenic Emerald for a tour down parts of the Saone and Rhone rivers. The boat stopped in Lyon, Viviers, Vienne, and Avignon among other places. What fascinated us was the extent of the Roman occupation and the public works they undertook - roads, temples, aqueducts. Our time in Paris was spent enjoying the city. We didn't have a big agenda for our visit but had hoped to get to a few museums. While the Musee d'Orsay was closed by a strike the day we had intended to go, we were blown away by the history and contents of Fontainebleau Palace. We spent a day there. While the history is very similar to that of Versailles, it has only 10% the number of visitors so you can stroll at your leisure through the many rooms and exhibits. We even took a horse-drawn carriage through some of the woods surrounding the estate. We also happened to be in Paris on 'No Car" day so you can see a shot of the Champs d'Elysee filled with people. The river cruise was excellent with a great group of fellow guests and lots of interesting stops including the silk weaving workshops in Lyon.