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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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Cheese of the Moment: Roquefort 7th Mar 2017

This time, we look at Roquefort, a wonderful blue sheep’s milk cheese, produced in the Aveyron departement of southern France, which is rich, creamy and salty in flavour. It is served most often on our hotel barges on the Canal du Midi and is perfect with Muscat grapes, figs or walnuts. 





LíArt de Vivre Celebrates its 100th Anniversary 17th Feb 2017

We are celebrating the 100th anniversary of our popular hotel barge L’Art de Vivre. The luxury 8-passenger vessel cruises the Burgundy region of France, but started life in 1917 carrying munitions to the Allied troops on the Western Front during World War One.  





Chefís Recipe: Cullen Skink 25th Jan 2017

By Metukkalihis (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsThe idea of eating minced lamb, oatmeal, onions and spices cooked in a sheep’s stomach is not to everybody’s taste, so here is a recipe for Cullen Skink, a very tasty soup which is also often served on Burns’ Night. This soup has its roots in Cullen, a small town on the Moray Firth coast and is traditionally made using Finnan haddock.





The Truth Behind the Bubbles: the History of Champagne 25th Jan 2017

Have you ever wondered how the eponymous sparkling wine of Champagne became one of the most exclusive beverages in the world? Nowadays it’s used to toast the New Year, christen new ships and douse victorious sport champions. It will also welcome you when you step aboard the hotel barge Panache for your cruise through the Champagne region with European Waterways. It was not always the case, however, that the drink was associated with luxury and celebration.





Carcassonne: the Canal du Midiís Captivating City 25th Jan 2017

Guests often wait with bated breath for the final destination on their cruise of the Canal du Midi: the impressive medieval citadel of Carcassonne. La Cité, or the medieval city, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most iconic – and most visited – attractions in France.  





Thatís the Spirit! 18th Jan 2017

You may well already know about our elegant new lady, ‘Spirit of Scotland’, a hotel barge that will soon be embarking on voyages of discovery on Thomas Telford’s Caledonian Canal and lochs of the Great Glen. A cruise aboard her encompasses the true ‘spirit’ of Scotland and is a special addition to our collection.





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