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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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Chef's Recipe: Chocolate Truffles 11th Feb 2016

Chocolate is, of course, both delicious and indulgent and perhaps the most romantic gift after red roses. Olivia Power, the highly-skilled chef aboard hotel barge Shannon Princess in Ireland, is a self-confessed chocaholic and needs no excuse to cook with and eat chocolate! To make it as guilt-free as possible she is more than happy share this recipe for her chocolate truffles with us.

Destinations You'll Fall in Love With 11th Feb 2016

At this time of year, many of you may be thinking about places you’ve always wanted to visit – those “I’d love to go to” destinations which offer a rewarding and even romantic experience. Well, on any number of our hotel barge cruises, you will probably find what you’re looking for.

Whisky Tasting in Scotland 10th Feb 2016

If you have been on any of our hotel barge cruises and enjoyed one of the private tastings at esteemed wineries that we offer, you’ll be familiar with the concept of certain regions producing certain wines. With whisky the regional distinctions are not so clear-cut which makes a whisky-tasting themed barge cruise all the more educational.

France’s Iconic Aqueducts 10th Feb 2016

On one of our voyages along the historic canals of France, you may be lucky enough to be on board a hotel barge that traverses one of the country’s aqueducts. France is a country of undulating landscapes, criss-crossed with innumerable waterways, so the resourceful French engineers in earlier centuries had little choice but to build a number of aqueducts. 

Chef’s Recipe: Haggis 24th Jan 2016

If there is one dish that is immediately identified as being Scottish, it is haggis. Contrary to an old yarn, haggis is not a wild animal indigenous to Scotland. It is a spicy mix of sheeps liver and heart, oatmeal, and spices boiled inside a sheeps paunch.  

Italy’s Riverside Gems 22nd Jan 2016

A river cruise through Italy can reveal some spectacular things, from the incredible stone palaces that rise from Venice’s canals, to the sprawling palazzos of Mantua. However, sometimes it is the smaller, lesser-known locations that prove most memorable. 

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