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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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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! 





Experience the Magnificence of Champagne 27th Jun 2016

Few places on Earth can boast the name recognition of Champagne in France. This renowned region, famous for the sparkling white wine that bears its name, is also the birthplace of chivalric romance and has been at the crossroads of Europe since Roman times. You can taste the history, heritage and culture in every glass. 





It’s a Family Affair in France this Summer 7th Jun 2016

Three family-themed cruises, scheduled for this summer, are now bookable by cabins, with guaranteed departures when a minimum of three passengers book up to two cabins. We are also offering discounts for guests under 18, providing an excellent opportunity for small families to take advantage of their family-friendly itineraries in different regions of France.  





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