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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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Top Cruising Reads: The Little Paris Bookshop 24th Aug 2016

Imagine yourself for a moment on board a luxury barge, cruising gently along a serene canal or river in rural France. You lounge on the deck as the vine-covered landscape passes by.  If this sounds like your ideal holiday, look into our luxury hotel barge cruises through France – but not before picking up a copy of The Little Paris Bookshop to take with you.





Free Hotel Night with Last Minute Bookings on Selected 2016 Cruises 26th Jul 2016

We would like to announce that we are offering a free hotel night for new bookings on all remaining 2016 departures on selected luxury hotel barges in France. The hotel stay includes breakfast, can be used either pre-or post-cruise, and is combinable with any other current offer.  Booking deposits must be made by September 30th to be eligible. 





France’s Five Most Enchanting Châteaux 29th Jun 2016

The grandiose country château – the French equivalent of the British ‘stately home’ – is a common sight in rural France, each with its own unique heritage and history. As you make your way slowly through the French countryside on a hotel barge cruise, you’re sure to spot some of these impressive manor houses, some with stony fortifications, others presiding over acres of vineyards. 





Discover the Wonderful World of René Lalique 29th Jun 2016

Cruising through Alsace aboard the Panache, you’re probably looking forward to the sights and sensations that make this region, which straddles the French-German border, so enchanting. Mountains rearing up on the horizon, sloping vineyards, steeply pitched gabled roofs with timber framing, crisp white wines and golden beers, the blending of French and German cultures. 





Bastille Day in France – A Pyrotechnical Extravaganza! 29th Jun 2016

If you are a lover of fireworks, the place to be on the evening of July 14th is Carcassonne in Southwest France. Here will be France’s biggest display of pyrotechnics to celebrate Bastille Day, although the French simply call it “Quatorze  Juillet”. 





Chef's Recipe: Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup 29th Jun 2016

This soup is perfect for summer, served chilled or hot! When you combine several pounds of fresh tomatoes, fresh basil and a fair amount of garlic you know it’s got to be good. It requires minimal ingredients but yields such delicious results. Enjoy! 





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