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The Lock-Keeper has gone viral! Every few weeks we will be blogging about the Hotel barging experience; From the history of our hotel barges to some of the off the beaten track excursions we visit. Intrigued? Then read on...


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Strasbourg: the City at the Crossroads 12th Apr 2017

The Alsatian city of Strasbourg – whose name literally means ‘town at the crossing of roads’ – lies at a fascinating juncture between old and new, German and French. It is of course famous for its colossal Gothic cathedral, but also as the seat of the European Parliament, while its half-timbered German merchant dwellings sit next to elegant French townhouses.
 





From the Roman to the Romanesque: The Attractions of Autun 12th Apr 2017

One of the great things about our classic cruise through Burgundy on the hotel barge Finesse is that it offers you the chance to explore some of the region’s fascinating historical towns, which boast a rich and proud past. One such visit is a visit to Autun, a town in southern Burgundy that nestles at the foot of the Morvan hills. 





Chef's Recipe: Le Gigot d’Agneau 12th Apr 2017

As in so many countries around the world, in France Easter is an important time of year. Families get together and some classic, traditional recipes are cooked that everyone can enjoy. One such recipe is Le Gigot d’Agneau, a succulent roasted leg of new season lamb, largely regarded as a symbol of Spring. 





'Kids Go Free' in France & Scotland this Summer 5th Apr 2017

Every parent knows that a stuffy hotel room can be confining to restless children, but a hotel barge – which is out in the fresh air and cruising ‘the big outdoors’ – is a vacation in itself. The whole world comes to you as you cruise scenic waterways in luxury and comfort, passing beautiful countryside, storybook villages and castles straight out of a fairy tale.  





Wine and Wellbeing at the Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune 7th Mar 2017

The whimsical Hôtel-Dieu Hospice in the town of Beaune is an icon of the Burgundy region. Stepping into its courtyard is like tiptoeing into a Gothic fairytale, with its half-timbered buildings, elaborate tiled roofs and spired dormer windows. However, first impressions can be deceiving – this beautiful medieval building served a very practical purpose uninterrupted for over 500 years.





Marvelling at Mantua’s Palazzo Ducale 7th Mar 2017

The culmination of our Italy cruise aboard La Bella Vita is a visit to the Lombardy city of Mantua. It is known by Italians as La Bella Addormentata (Sleeping Beauty). Surrounded by artificial lakes created to fortify the city in the Middle Ages, the city has been relatively untouched by modern development. Its old town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007 in recognition of its Renaissance town planning.  





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