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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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Château de Sully-sur-Loire: An Historic Fairytale Fortress for All the Family 28th Nov 2016

Some of France’s most famous historic figures, as well as popular fairy-tales such as Beauty and the Beast and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, were linked with the romantic environs of France. On our family cruise aboard hotel barge Renaissance, the little ones will be thrilled to visit a real-life fairytale fortress - the Château de Sully-sur-Loire - while the grown-ups will discover its connection with ‘The Maid of Orleans’, Joan of Arc.





Wine and Cheese: A Very French Pairing 27th Nov 2016

On any of our hotel barge cruises, one of the wonderful ways you get to experience the best of your cruising region is through the gastronomy. Our barge chefs and sommeliers know the characteristics of the local wines and cheeses they serve and how best to pair the two together.  





Feast your eyes on the new Culinary Cruise 11th Nov 2016

We have recently launched a new Culinary themed cruise aboard the elegant hotel barge Enchanté through the Southwest of France. While meandering the Canal du Midi, guests will be spoiled with an array of culinary delights during the 6-night itinerary. 





A Land of Colour in the Spring 27th Oct 2016

Holland is of course the tulip capital of the world, and Spring is the season when visitors see the tulips at their best, when the landscape comes alive with their brilliant and colorful displays.  Holland is also a dream destination for culture lovers, packed with world famous icons such as windmills, cheese markets, museums with renowned oil paintings by the Old Masters, and hand-made, painted pottery.





Chef's Recipe: Salmon en Croute de Sel 6th Oct 2016

What better way to celebrate the delights of fine French cuisine than to experience it as you drift along the serene waterways of Southern France? And once you get back home after your, you might like to try this recipe by Enchante's chef Sylvain.





6 Must-See Places in Venice 5th Oct 2016

Venice is regularly named as the most beautiful and romantic city in the world. One of the best ways to experience its magic is to moor up and get lost in it: the winding streets, snaking canals and hidden campi can surprise and delight for hours. However, if you’re looking for some must-see spots, a leisurely journey along the Grand Canal encompasses some wonderful sights. 





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