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Tuesday, July 19, 2016


I recently received "ROAM" row official Georgia Group Tour Planner.
One of the most interesting articles- and there are many- is a description of twelve great festivals and events that can be enjoyed during a year.
FEBRUARY-  ROSWELL, GA...Roswell celebrates Black History Month.  One of the largest celebrations the Roswell visitor will view art exhibits and experience cultural events as well as a poetry slam, storytelling, musical performances and a Unity concert.  There's also, in metro Atlanta, several Black History events including a parade on historic Sweet Auburn Avenue.
MARCH- SAVANNAH, GA...During March the Savannah visitor will be able to enjoy the Savannah Music Festival held in either March and April.  More than 100 musical performances in intimate venues throughout the city.  In 2016 headliners included Dwight Yoakam, Vincente Amigo and The Complete Beethoven Trios- a sample of one of the most distinctive, cross-genre music festivals.
MARCH- MACON, GA.  For ten days the Macon visitor will find musical performances, artist and food markets, a golf tournament and tours throughout the city to view the more than 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees in full bloom.
APRIL- LINCOLNTON, GA.  Like Bluegrass?   The Little Roy & Lizzie Music Festival will be performing during a weekend in April at this annual bluegrass festival at Elijah Clark State Park on the Savannah River.  Featured performers in 2016 included Gene Watson, and Jeff and Sheri Easter.
APRIL- THOMASVILLE, GA.  The 96th Annual Thomasville Rose Show & Festival will be held in this southwest Georgia city.  A tradition since the 1920s the famed festival features a Rose Show, two parades, a street dance, live music, arts and crafts and even a car show.
APRIL- VIDALIA, GA.  The Vidalia Onion, Georgia's official state official, is celebrated in this annual festal.  Included is the Miss Vidalia Onion pageant, an onion-eating contest, the Onion Run and aircraft and classic car shows.
MAY- MADISON, GA.  Come to Madison to enjoy the May Spring Tour of Homes & Gardens.  The tour, a celebration of Southern history, architecture, and art.  This event affords the Madison visitor access to the city's most stunning homes.  The grand structures and gardens tell the story of a genteel, gracious gracious city that was spared the torch and devastation of William T. Sherman's 1864 March to the Sea.
JUNE- BLAIRSVILLE, GA.- Enjoy bagpipes and Scottish fiddles at the Annual Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games.  Highland music, dancing, and food is yours to enjoy as well as watching athletes compete in traditional Highland games like caber toss, putting the stone, and tossing the sheaf.

For more information about these and other Georgia festivals go to for more information. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016


U. S. Tours is offering these holiday time tours to Gracerland.  From $369 per person/double occupancy.

Christmas Party at Graceland 
Dec 6-8, 2016 and Dec 5-7, 2017 
Due to overwhelming demand, we've added "New Blue Two" for 2016. We were Sold Out but we have now opened up new space. This is your only chance to visit Graceland at Night. On the first Wed of every December U S Tours rents the estate exclusively. Join our groups and see the Mansion as it would have looked on Christmas Eve. 

* Two Signature Elvis Events
  • The Elvis Blue Christmas Dinner Show
 – – – –  at Minglewood Hall. .. . . ….
  • Graceland at Christmas
. . . . . . . a Private Evening Tour
  • Optional Daytime Tours
* Two Nights Lodging
* Two Hotel Breakfasts
* Two Dinners
* Luggage Handling
* All Taxes & Gratuities
* One Free with Every 16 Paid

. . . Per Person Prices: (Net)
. . . $369 Double
. . . $349 Triple . . . $329 Quad . . . $469 Single
All Hotels are suburban.
Two nights lodging at the NEW, 4-Star, Guest House at Graceland is $499 Double

Deposit and Cancellation Terms:
$5.00 per person due at time of booking, you must select and deposit an exact number of seats.  Second deposit of $75 per person is not due until Sept 6.  Final Payment is due Oct 6
You cancel for a full refund until  Oct 6.  After that you lose the initial deposit and the $75 per person will be lost.   There is No Refund after Nov 21.

Friday, June 3, 2016


Councilmember Bob Blumenfield - Council District 3

Come out this Saturday to the Reseda Rising Art Walk! 

Friend --  
Please join me this Saturday at the Reseda Rising Art Walk. This is a great community event featuring local artists, musicians, food trucks and for those of you over 21 years old, enjoy craft beer from breweries in the San Fernando Valley.
There will be live painting, art installations and lots of entertainment for the whole family.   
Where: Sherman Way between Reseda Blvd. and Lindley Ave.
When:  Saturday June 4th, 5pm-10pm
Come on out and help support local art and culture. Don’t miss this exciting event and I look forward to seeing you there.


Councilmember Bob Blumenfield

Thursday, June 2, 2016


California Wine Country and National Parks Centennial: The Perfect Summer Travel Pairing
Yosemite Half DomeMadera Wine Trail Signs
(L-r) Visitors to Half Dome at Yosemite National Park travel through California wine country on the way. The Madera Wine Trail is a gateway to the park entrance. (Yosemite photo: Visit California) 
For California wine lovers, one of the most enjoyable experiences is the chance to sip while overlooking spectacular scenery—from hillside vineyards and snow-capped mountains to redwood forests and rugged beaches. With the National Park Service hosting Centennial events this year, it's a great time to pair park scenery with a nearby wine country experience.
Many travelers to California’s 27 national parks pass through or near wine regions. To help these visitors with their journey, Wine Institute has put together a list of great wine regions near national parks. With 138 AVA’s (American Viticultural Areas) and 100-plus winegrape varieties across the Golden State, wine consumers can find their favorite wines and discover new ones on their way to great parks from Yosemite in the High Sierra to Joshua Tree in the desert. Like the stewards of California’s national parks, winemakers and growers also feel a deep connection to the land, making California a world leader in sustainable winegrowing, providing an outdoor experience that eco-travelers can appreciate. 
Redwood National and State Parks and Mendocino County Wine Country
If going in June, visit the Mendocino County wine region on the way to or from Redwood National and State Parks, home to the world’s tallest trees. The parks are hosting the Centennial Festival(June 26), featuring talks and activities celebrating the parks’ heritage and contribution to the region. The parks border Mendocino’s wine region, which has a high percentage of vineyards farmed with sustainable, organic or biodynamic practices. The region produces a wide variety of wines, including Pinot Noir and Alsatian varietals. After wine tasting, enjoy an overnight stay in the picturesque Mendocino village, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A great time to visit is during the Anderson Valley/Yorkville Highlands Barrel Tasting Weekend (July 23-24), where visitors have unprecedented access to winery cellars, including tastings of yet-to-be-released wines and the chance to purchase futures of barrel tastings at a discount.
Point Reyes National Seashore and Sonoma County/Lake County Wine Country
Ninety minutes north of San Francisco, Point Reyes National Seashore features ocean waves crashing against rocky headlands, expansive beaches, grasslands and forested ridges. This scenic park pairs well with the Sonoma County and Lake County wine regions. Gourmet farm and vineyard dinners are common in these areas—along with great wine, homegrown culinary culture and the great outdoors. This June 24 don’t miss the Russian River Valley Somm Challenge, where guests can judge which of three top sommeliers picked the best wine for each course created by celebrity chefs. The place to be on Labor Day Weekend is the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, featuring more than 200 wineries and chefs, a Taste of Sonoma event and popular Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction. In Lake County, be a judge for the day and vote for your favorite wines from the region’s Wine Awards Competition at the People’s Choice Wine Tasting July 30.  Point Reyes National Seashore will host various centennial events this summer, such as the Western Weekend Parade (June 4-5), Big Time Festival (July 16) and Sand Sculpture Contest (Sept. 4).
Muir Woods and Napa Valley Wine Country
Muir Woods, north of San Francisco and home to towering redwoods, is just an hour’s drive to the Napa Valley wine region. Recognized on the global stage at the Judgment of Paris in 1976, Napa Valley wines have found an equal match in the region’s cuisine. If in town July 15-24, try the 11th Annual Festival Napa Valley, an event the New York Times calls a “feast for the senses.” This 10-day experience features top music, gourmet cuisine, fine wines and lifestyle programs.
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and Livermore Wine Country
San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf is home to the Maritime National Historic Park, with its fleet of historic vessels, visitor center and maritime museum. Their centennial events include the Festival of the Sea (Aug. 20), the Sea Music Concert Series (Sept. 17 and Oct. 15) and other ongoing programs. The city is a short drive to the historic Livermore Valley wine region. Visit July 21-24 to enjoy Livermore Valley’s Taste Our Terroir, featuring 19 wineries, partnering with Bay Area restaurants, as well as cooking classes, vineyard tours and seminars. 
Tahoe National Forest and Sierra Foothills/Lodi Wine Country
Tahoe National Forest, an 800,000-acre national forest just east of Sacramento, offers year-round hiking, camping and skiing near beautiful Lake Tahoe. Add a visit to the Sierra Foothills wine region, the heart of California’s Gold Country, known for its rich history and red wines. Check out AmadorCalaverasEl DoradoNevada and Placer counties. The El Dorado Wine Association’s Blind Barrel event on June 25 with 16 wineries celebrates the repeal of Prohibition and the passage of the Twenty-first Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on Dec. 5, 1933, with hosts dressed in period garb serving local wine on a Gold-Rush era homestead. This fall, Amador hosts the Big Crush Harvest Festival (Oct. 1-2) where guests can take in the harvest scenes in the vineyards and crush pads and enjoy food and wine pairings, live music and family activities. On the way to Tahoe, stop by the Lodi wine region, known for old-vine Zinfandel and home to 80 wineries. Celebrate the harvest with the Lodi Grape Festival (Sept. 15-18), featuring murals and competitive exhibits, a music concert, wine and food tastings and more.
Yosemite and Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks and Madera County/Fresno
Rock-climbing mecca Yosemite National Park is world renowned for its soaring granite walls and cascading waterfalls. The park will host special events for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (Aug. 25) with educational talks and recreational activities, such as a "Yosemite Anniversaries" symphony performance. Madera County vineyards are adjacent to the entrance of Yosemite. Visit the Madera Wine Trail, featuring local wineries serving their acclaimed dessert, port-style and late-harvest wines, among others. The region’s Wine Trail Weekend (Nov. 12-13) will kick off the holiday season for wine lovers. Those going to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks can visit Fresno State Winery, the first university in the U.S. to have a fully licensed winery. Taste or buy the wine at Fresno State Gibson Farmers Market where offerings are all harvested, created and grown by Fresno State students, or check out Grape Stomping Good Times (Aug. 27). 
Pinnacles National Monument and Monterey/Paso Robles Wine Country
Rising out of the Gabilan Mountains is Pinnacles National Monument, the remains of an ancient volcano with massive monoliths, spires and sheer-walled canyons. The park will celebrate the centennial with activities such as monthly Night Hikes, Stargazing Nights, volunteer service days, a National Trails Day Celebration (June 4) and an Eastside Centennial Celebration (Sept. 24).
The park is an hour from Monterey County wine region and about 90 minutes from Paso Robles wine country, both scenic areas to explore, wine and dine. Wines from Monterey and the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains wine region were both recognized in the “Judgment of Paris” tasting. While in Monterey, check out its Taste of Monterey Visitor Center where the area wines can be tasted in one stop. On June 18, stop by the 12th Annual Art & Wine Festival in quaint Carmel, featuring regional wineries, local bands and family activities from pony rides to arts and crafts. If exploring Paso Robles wine country, a hot spot for Rhône blends and other classic and emerging varietals, tour the rustic downtown plaza or nearby Hearst Castle on the coast. Attend the Harvest Wine Weekend (Oct. 14-16), where guests can enjoy 140 weekend activities, including winemaker dinners, grape stomps, barrel tastings, artisanal food pairings, live music and more. 
Channel Islands and Santa Barbara/Ventura Wine Country
Take a short ferry ride or boat tour from Santa Barbara wine country or Ventura wineries to Channel Islands National Park, known as the “Galapagos of North America.” The park’s centennial activities include an ongoing lecture series and special events at the Museum of Ventura County. Get more inspiration with a visit to Santa Barbara wineries, immortalized by the 2004 film “Sideways,” which celebrated the area’s Pinot Noir.  Santa Barbara Harvest Weekend is Oct. 7-10, and includes a grand tasting at Mission Santa Inés in Solvang.
Joshua Tree National Park and Temecula Wine Country
This desert park has beautiful Joshua trees and a variety of plants and animals in this land shaped by strong winds, rains and climatic extremes. Adding to the attraction of this place are dark night skies for astronomy buffs and surreal geologic features. A visit to Joshua Tree could include a tour of Temecula wine country, about 2.5 hours southwest. Tempered by coastal fog, this region is known for its Italian and Rhône varieties. A great way to sample wines is with the Sip Temecula Wine Tasting Passport during weekdays where guests can choose experiences at five of 17 participating wineries.
Mojave National Preserve and Cucamonga Valley
Sand dunes, volcanic cinder cones, Joshua tree forests and carpets of wildflowers are found at the 1.6 million-acre Mojave National Preserve, where visitors can take part in ongoing Artist in the Park Centennial Observances, as resident artists share work in various mediums about the area’s historic structures, desertscapes and night skies. A visit to its mountains reveal abandoned mines, homesteads, and military outposts. Stop and stay on the way to Los Angeles in the Cucamonga Valley, known for historic wineries specializing in old vine Zinfandels and port wines. A cool happening in the region is the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival (Aug. 25-28), featuring tastes from 150 celebrity chefs and 300 wineries. 
About Wine Institute
Visit for information on wine regions, wines and wineries throughout California. The Golden State is first in the U.S. for wine and food tourism with dozens of distinct wine regions, 138 American Viticultural Areas and 4,400 wineries that produce 85 percent of U.S. wine. Established in 1934, Wine Institute is the public policy association of nearly 1,000 California wineries. See:

Friday, May 27, 2016



The first-of-its-kind exhibit will run throughout the summer and will take guests into the world of the critically acclaimed Starz and Sony Pictures Television series Outlander, showcasing iconic costumes designed by Emmy® Award-winning Costume Designer Terry Dresbach. Visitors can step into 18th century Parisian society where they will be able to view actual set pieces from Outlander production designer Jon Gary Steele, life-size episodic photography, and behind-the-scenes video segments. 

“The Artistry of Outlander” is free to the public and will take over areas on the first and second floors at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. The exhibit hours are Wednesday-Sunday from 12:00 – 5:00 pm Pacific Daylight Savings Time  beginning on June 8, 2016.

“The Paley Center puts the fan first and we are thrilled to offer this exclusive and exciting experience to the public,” said Maureen J. Reidy, President and CEO of The Paley Center for Media. “‘The Artistry of Outlander’ exhibit at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills will take fans behind the scenes to explore the creativity of the Starz & Sony Pictures Television hit show in a way that has never been done before.” 

“The Paley Center is the ideal place to showcase the authenticity and great detail put into these works of art and immerse visitors in the ‘Artistry of Outlander,’” said Sony Pictures Television Presidents of Programming and Production Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht. “Bringing the expansive world of Outlander to life was a monumental task by Ron, Terry, Gary and their design teams.  We're honored to be partnering with Starz to make it available to fans and invite them to travel through time with this incredible exhibit.” 
As a leading nonprofit cultural institution, this exhibit is part of the Paley Center’s ongoing commitment to preserving, exploring, and interpreting the media through its extensive, public Archive and educational programs. The Paley Center is home to the nation’s foremost publically accessible archive of television, radio, and new media content, with over 160,000 programs spanning the history of media.

For updates, please visit, and follow @paleycenter on Twitter.


It’s Paris, 1940’s where soldiers, smugglers, and society’s elite all try to escape the war by dancing and drinking at the Black Cat Cabaret.    The cast features Caroline Pires, Angeica Lopez, Armann Khera, Cameron Tagge, Casey Kampel, Emmanuelle Girard, Everett Aponte, Gabriella Giardina, Hudson Long, Inessa Bone, Inga Neilson, Irene Mozzarecchia, Josephine Hies, Michael Carrier, Miho Fujii, Nadi Emerich, Natalie Yatsina, Nicholas Alexander, Noel Calcaterra, Rebecca Jensen, Rob Batie, Vera Olin and Zadie Lutetia.    Written by Brian Drillinger with original songs by Jose Promis.  The 1940's Paris Cabaret was conceived and directed by Michelle Danner. 
Opening night is Saturday, June 4th at 8:00 p.m. at the Edgemar Center for the Arts at 2437 Maine Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405.  Parking is available adjacent to the theatre and metered public parking across the street. 

LABfest 2016  — The Echo Theater Company presents five free staged readings of new plays developed in the company’s 2015-2016 Writer's Lab.

• Saturday, June 11 at 1 p.m.: ‘Captain of the Bible Quiz Team by Tom Jacobson, directed by Michael Michetti, starring Deborah PuetteJust out of seminary, an idealistic Lutheran minister returns to a country church in Minnesota for Christmas, where she experiences an epiphany. Seven sermons in a single service: a tragicomedy with Jell-O.

• Saturday, June 11 at 4 p.m.: ‘The House That Jake Built’ by Jon Caren, directed by Danny GoldmanJake and Kate are a good-natured, liberal couple. They shop at Whole Foods and share a Prius. But when Jake hires a day laborer to help repair their deck, he puts everything at risk – including their value system.

• Sunday, June 12 at 1 p.m.: ‘The King of Hell’s Palace’ by Frances Cowhig, directed by Tea Alagic (work in progress). Set in China in the ‘90s, a rural family attempts to pull themselves out of poverty by selling their blood plasma, while one woman fights to stop the Henan Ministry of Health from spreading a massive AIDS epidemic through its own contaminated Epidemic Prevention Stations.

• Saturday, June 18 at 1 p.m.: ‘The Alligator’ by Mary Laws, directed by Deborah Puette. A wacky, weird and slightly absurd exploration of love, loss and longing.

• Saturday, June 18 at 4 p.m.: ‘Cake’ by Bekah Brunstetter, directed by Jennifer ChambersDella makes cakes, but not judgment calls. Those are up to her husband. But when her best friend’s daughter, her new fiancé in tow, asks Della to make her a wedding cake, it’s time for Della to think on her own for the first time in her life.

Atwater Village Theatre
3269 Casitas Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(FREE parking in the Atwater Xing lot one block south of the theater.)

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Three years ago I enjoyed a  press trip to Nova Scotia.  The hospitality from the natives, the delicious food (especially the variety of ways I enjoyed prepared meals featuring lobster), the bed and breakfast inn where we stayed and so much more.
So, when I received this from Ciclismo Classico release about a new week-long cycling and hiking tour of Nova Scotia, I had to share it with you.

NEW Nova Scotia Bike + Hike Tour Announced: Beaches, Villages & Vineyards

 Ciclismo Classico is excited to unveil a NEW week-long cycling and hiking tour of Nova Scotia. Guests will enjoy scenic rides and hikes amid pristine beaches, marshland, quaint villages, and beautiful vineyards. Highlights include: absorbing the region’s history at UNESCO World Heritage Sites; cycling a variety of picturesque paved roads and trails; wildlife viewing opportunities; exceptional local cuisine and fresh seafood; and four-star accommodations. This intermediate cycling tour averages 29 miles per day. Prices start at $2,795 and the departure date is set for September 19-25, 2016. For more information, visit

“Quiet coastal roads, delicious local food, colorful fishing villages and fertile farmland combine to make Nova Scotia a hidden gem for cyclists,” said Ciclismo Classico Founder Lauren Hefferon. “There’s no bonding experience like hitting the pavement or a well-maintained trail and digging into scallops, fresh lobster and other fresh seafood at the end of the day.”

Full itinerary: 

Day 1: Halifax to Lunenburg
Fly into Halifax airport and be picked up for a direct van transfer to charming Lunenburg, just an hour’s ride away from the Nova Scotia capital.
Day 2: Lunenburg
Start off the day with a great loop ride. Golf, hiking, and kayaking all have a strong presence in this UNESCO World Heritage town. Nautical types will get a kick out of the maritime museum or a cruise on the famous Bluenose schooner.

Day 3: Lunenburg
Delve deeper into more of the Lunenberg countryside on today’s exhilarating yet peaceful rolling loop ride. With stunning countryside and seaside views, Lunenburg is often lauded as the prettiest small town in Canada.

Day 4: Wolfville
This Acadia university town is home to some of the region’s finest hiking, so we’d be remiss not to hop off the bike for a bit and stretch our legs on a short, easily manageable group hike. The vineyards and farms near Wolfville make for stunning scenery, whether you’re cycling or walking.

Day 5: Wolfville/Grand Pre
Make sure you’ve put away a hearty breakfast, because our longest ride is here. You’ll pedal along flats, hills, and stunning coastal views as we make our way to the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Grand Pre.

Day 6: Lunenburg
After we warm up on our way back to Lunenberg, you’ll have the chance to enjoy even more stunning scenery on a brief hike from Hirtles Beach to Gaff Point. The well-maintained, ocean-weathered trail will take you through forest before opening up to the pounding surf. We’ll ride back to Lunenberg, or a shuttle will be available for those who prefer to zip back to town.

Day 7: Farewell
After breakfast, it’s time to bid adieu to the charming villages you’ve called home for the past six days and to all your new friends. Shuttle service to Halifax is available, or you can stay behind and explore Nova Scotia independently.

About Ciclismo Classico: 
After inspiring thousands of guests and designing the world’s most innovative cycling itineraries, one simple principle remains at our Ciclismo Core: life should be active, fun, delicious, educational, flowing, strengthening, energizing and deeply connected with beautiful places and their people. Whether you are pedaling a bicycle or looking through a lens, you will discover, on a Ciclismo Classico tour, that life itself is a dream waiting to happen. Come discover and ignite your passion with us in 2015. You may never be the same again.

Thursday, May 19, 2016


In my Travel Age West magazine I noticed an advertisement for a new cruise line that will be offering voyages through America's Waterways beginning this August.
The FRENCH AMERICA LINE will be offering 5-10 day cruise tours from $1,699 per person/double occupancy.  DEEP SOUTH, MISSISSIPPI HEADWATERS, RIVER CROSS- ROADS, WILDERNESS RIVERS AND GULF WATERWAYS are the initial offerings offered to those who want to experience river cruising.   

One of their cruise tours that piqued my interest was an 8-cya cruise from Pittsburgh (PA)  to Louisville (KY).  In going to their website this is what I found that I'd like to share with you.


  • 8 DAYS
  • 2016 DEPARTURE: SEP 4 TO SEP 11


Arrive in Pittsburgh and check in to your deluxe hotel, which is adjacent to the city’s attractions. Enjoy the sweeping city vistas from up high on Mount Washington, then mingle with other high flyers at the riotous National Aviary. Become transported by the kaleidoscopic stained glass at Heinz Memorial Chapel, mere minutes away from esteemed Carnegie Mellon University.


Your fare includes breakfast this morning at your hotel as well as a transfer to the Louisiane and all porterage. Settle into your stateroom or suite, head to The Veranda for a light snack and then bid Pittsburgh farewell as the Louisiane departs and you immerse yourself in the joys of life on the river. Bon voyage!


Breathe in the fresh air at this peaceful hamlet and its charming Brook Hill Park, or take a quick jaunt to Fort Steuben in nearby Steubenville, a fully-reconstructed 18th-century fort overlooking the Ohio River.


Recall George Washington's musing that he knew "no other country where I should rather fix my habitation" when you visit idyllic Marietta, the site of Ohio's first settlement as memorialized at the history-rich Campus Martius Museum.


Absorb the history of picturesque Maysville through the stunning large-scale murals painted against the downtown floodwall, and delight in the meticulously constructed miniature replica dwellings found at the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center.


Be part of enduring tradition as you arrive by river to the town Longfellow dubbed "Queen City of the West", and indulge in sophisticated sightseeing at the art deco Union Terminal, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and much more.


Stroll among the numerous buildings on the National Register of Historic Places nestled in this scenic valley village, and relax in the natural wonders offered up by beautiful Clifty Falls State Park just outside of town.


Bid adieu to the Louisiane and explore Louisville. Discover this captivating city, named after King Louis XVI of France, as you sip a mint julep and stroll the waterfront. Be sure to head to the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, Churchill Downs or learn about a boxing legend at the Muhammad Ali Center.
The French America Line is offering free pre-paid gratuities (up to $429 value) per stateroom if you book before June 30, 2016.   For more information about the French America Line please go to or call (888) 387-1140.