BostonPhil, there is still a lot we don't know about AI but it is more than just spewing forth internet material. A lot depends on how you phrase questions and the depth you go to. Here is one random question I put in based on your itinerary (sort of) and this is what ChatGPT came up with. As you can see, it's somewhat tailored to what you were asking. It's certainly not perfectly but it is a very useful tool and again, the more info you give it, the more you will get back. You can get this info in a random Google search, but you would have to sift through the multitude of responses and ads before coming up with this - and it would take 5 times as long. I got this response in about 15 seconds.
I will be taking a cruise from Southampton to Lisbon in mid-October and would like to plan a day's excursion to Normandy, France. I will have around 6 hours. What are some must-see sights?
Visiting Normandy, France, on a day trip from Southampton during your cruise is a great idea, especially if you have an interest in history and picturesque landscapes. Given your limited time frame of around 6 hours, it's important to plan your visit efficiently. Here are some must-see sights in Normandy for a day trip:
Normandy Beaches (D-Day Landing Beaches): The Normandy beaches are a must-visit, especially if you're interested in World War II history. The most famous beaches are Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, Juno Beach, Gold Beach, and Sword Beach. You can visit one or two of these beaches, but keep in mind that they are spread out along the coast.
Utah Beach Museum: If you choose Utah Beach, visit the Utah Beach Museum. It provides an excellent overview of the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy.
Pegasus Bridge: This is a historically significant site, known for being the location of a critical early operation on D-Day. The museum nearby offers insights into this operation.
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial: Located near Omaha Beach, this is a moving and serene place to pay your respects to the soldiers who gave their lives during the D-Day landings.
Bayeux Tapestry: If you have an interest in medieval history, the Bayeux Tapestry is a UNESCO-listed masterpiece that depicts the Norman conquest of England in 1066. It's housed in the town of Bayeux, which is also charming to explore.
Mont Saint-Michel: While Mont Saint-Michel is a bit farther from the D-Day landing sites, it's one of France's most iconic landmarks. If you're willing to travel a bit more, it's a spectacular sight to behold.
Given your time constraints, I'd recommend focusing on either the D-Day landing beaches and related museums or visiting Bayeux and the Bayeux Tapestry. You may need to prioritize and plan your itinerary carefully to make the most of your 6 hours.
Remember to check the cruise ship's schedule and transportation options from Southampton to Normandy, as well as any visa requirements if applicable, to ensure a smooth day trip. It's also a good idea to book any guided tours or transportation in advance to make the most of your limited time.
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If you want to try it, just go to https://chat.openai.com and sign up. It's fun to use and you get very fast responses. It certainly doesn't take the place of information you get from forums like this, but it is a useful tool, imo.