Enchanté Nears Completion
In the last issue of The Lock-Keeper, we told you about how our new barge Enchanté was literally cut down to size in a Dutch boatyard – a very precise operation - so that she will fit in the locks of the Canal du Midi in Southern France.
Enchanté's extensive programme of fitting out is now nearing completion and this luxurious hotel barge will feature exotic hardwoods and elegant furnishings. There will be very comfortable accommodation for up to eight passengers in four double-bedded air-conditioned cabins, each with a lavish ensuite bathroom.
Enchanté's other facilities will include a spacious sundeck with comfortable loungers, al fresco dining area, hot tub, TV, DVD player and, of course, internet connection. As with all our cruises, delicious gourmet meals will be expertly prepared by the on board chef and enhanced by excellent regional wines and an open bar.
Passengers on Enchanté will have a choice of two specially designed cruise itineraries that will highlight the most delightful parts of the Languedoc, Camargue and Midi regions of Southern France.
Click Here to see some more up to date pictures of Enchanté and her cabins.
L’Art de Vivre’s New Cabins
Over the winter, all four of L’Art de Vivre’s ensuite cabins were completely ripped out and rebuilt. The cabins are now looking fantastic with new wood panelling, carpets, furnishings and fabrics, complimented by new contemporary ensuite bathrooms. The passengers who have cruised on the barge so far this season are delighted with the results and so are we.
Click Here to see some new photos of L’Art de Vivre’s cabins.
A Cruise on Scottish Highlander – Now’s the Time!
This year Scotland is celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of one of its most famous sons - Robert Burns – with a huge programme under the banner ‘Homecoming Scotland’. As well as big events like the Edinburgh Tattoo which takes place August 7 – 29, there are hundreds of others which are taking place all over Scotland throughout the year. What better time to combine a visit to some of these events with a cruise on our hotel barge Scottish Highlander through the Great Glen on the Caledonian Canal?
If you have Scottish ancestry, now’s the time to ‘come home’. And if even if you don’t, with the Highland Games, traditional Scottish music, history and the arts, golf, whisky, there is something for everyone. Visit the Homecoming Scotland website for full details.
An interesting fact for you. In 1954, the winegrowers of Chateauneuf-du-Pape in the Rhone Valley passed a law forbidding UFOs from landing on their vineyards. At that time there were many sightings in the area and the mayor of the village ruled that flying saucers would be held in custody. Apparently the law is still in place today and it seems to be working as there have been no recent sightings!
That's about it for this issue of The Lock-Keeper. We hope that you’ve enjoyed reading it and that perhaps it’s put you in the right frame of mind to think about a hotel barge cruise this year or in 2010.
Please visit European Waterways and have a look around, or follow the individual links above.
The next issue of The Lock-Keeper will be out in a couple of months, so we'll see you then.
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