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The Lock-Keeper Blog


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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Whisky Business: The Celtic Love of the ‘Water of Life’ 16th May 2017

It’s been the cause of many an argument in the pub or club – whisky or whiskey, which one is the correct spelling? As with most age-old disagreements, the answer is... both. Welcome to the history of whisk(e)y. 





Relaxing 'Floating House Party' is Ideal for Solo Travellers 16th May 2017

If you are a single traveller, or perhaps want to cruise with family or friends and would simply like a cabin to yourself, then our new 'No Single Supplement' offer aboard will certainly appeal. 





Cheese of the Moment: Parmesan 16th May 2017

We are sure that the cooks amongst you have often used Parmesan cheese in your recipes, perhaps in the béchamel sauce on top of a homemade lasagne, or crumbled onto a green salad to give it an extra dimension. Chef Andrea, the talented chef on our small river cruiser La Bella Vita, certainly makes great use of this flavoursome cheese and has passed on some interesting facts that may be new to you.





The ‘Path Less Travelled’ 15th May 2017

We are expanding our excursion and on-board barge options to include more immersive activities that meet travellers’ rising demand for experiential holidays. Highly personalised experiences include an exclusive tour of a castle garden in Scotland, led by the head gardener – and often, the “lady of the house” herself





Painting from Picardy to Paris Aboard the Panache 15th May 2017

There are some scenes which, although tucked away in the anonymous folds of the French countryside, millions of people worldwide, particularly art lovers, would instantly recognise. The lily pond spanned by a bridge at Giverny, or the Gothic church at Auvers-sur-Oise, van Gogh’s final resting place. And passengers get the chance to visit these iconic places on our Classic Cruise en route to Paris aboard the hotel barge Panache. 





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.
 





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