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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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Visiting Villages with Quintessential French Charm 20th Dec 2016

Back in May this year we wrote about France’s most beautiful villages, which are recognised by the independent organisation Le Plus Beaux Villages de France. There are strict criteria for a village to be given membership of this association: the total resident population must be fewer than 2,000 people; it must be situated in a charming rural setting; and the village must boast at least two national heritage sites.

ABC - Appreciate Bordeaux at Christmas! 20th Dec 2016

Bordeaux has recently been voted the best city to visit and it’s easy to understand why. This capital of the most renowned wine-growing region in the world has much to offer, including the new Cité du Vin, a truly innovative wine museum sited on the banks of the River Garonne “where wine comes to life through an immersive, sensorial approach, all set within an evocative architectural design. 

Chef’s Recipe: A Different Stuffing for Turkey 19th Dec 2016

Christmas is fast approaching, so here is a different recipe for turkey stuffing from one of our barge chefs using some fine ingredients from various regions of France.

Free Weekend in Luxury Paris Hotel 6th Dec 2016

We are offering a free weekend at the 4-star Hotel Westminster in central Paris for guests who charter luxury hotel barge Renaissance in 2017. The 2-night hotel stay includes breakfast and can be used either pre- or post-cruise.  This offer applies to new bookings only and can be combined with other current specials on Renaissance.

An Experience to Savour: Bouchard Père et Fils and Château de Beaune 29th Nov 2016

If we had to single out just one excursion on our hotel barge tours as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, it would have to be the visit to the renowned Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils in Beaune, the pearl at the centre of our cruise aboard hotel barge L'Impressionniste in Burgundy.  

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.

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