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La Belle Epoque
Welcome to Issue 64 of The Lock-Keeper

Welcome to this 64th issue of the European Waterways Newsletter and I do hope you enjoy reading it.

In this issue, we feature articles that have been written by two of the numerous journalists who cruised with us during the summer. Golf enthusiast Rikki White spent a week on a golf theme cruise aboard Anjodi in the South of France and Ron Stern, a well-known USA travel writer, enjoyed a cruise on our ‘flagship’ hotel barge Renaissance in Western Burgundy.

Another writer, Mari Nicholson, cruised on La Belle Epoque on the charming Canal du Nivernais and has written a profile on chef Steve Wilson, one of our talented young chefs.

The prize in this issue’s competition is a selection of five classic, seasonal French cheeses that have been chosen by specialist purveyor Fromages.com. The cheeses will even be delivered to the lucky winner vacuum-packed so that they can be enjoyed in perfect condition.

In Barging News there is an update on Enchanté, our new barge that carried its first, delighted passengers on the Canal du Midi at the end of August. There is also a selection of kind comments we have received recently about our cruises. Thank you so much - it’s very rewarding for our dedicated crews and reservations team to know that our guests have had such a good time.

Finally, please do have a look at our Special Offers. If you’re still tempted by a cruise this year taking in the glorious colours of Autumn in France or perhaps the Scottish Highlands, we still have some attractive charter and cabin discounts on a number of our vessels. Alternatively, if you’re already considering a cruise in 2010 along one of Europe’s picturesque inland waterways, we have an Early Booking Offer on both cabin and charter bookings if confirmed by 30 November 2009.

It’s always good to hear from you, so please drop us an email with any comments about The Lock-Keeper, or indeed anything else. I hope to see you at our website www.gobarging.com where you can find out all about European Waterways and keep up to date with the latest barging news.

Best Regards,

Derek Banks - Chairman


Glories of barging


Golf theme cruise

Hotel barge Renaissance

Barge chef at work



Featured Cruises

A Golf Themed Cruise

Travel journalist and keen golfer, Rikki White, spent a week aboard Anjodi on the Canal du Midi on one of our golf theme cruises. Rikki and her husband certainly seemed to enjoy the combination of fine food, wines and a few rounds of golf on some of the region’s loveliest courses and made some good friends along the way.

Click Here to read the full article

Cruising in Western Burgundy

Travel writer Ron Stern cruised aboard Renaissance in Western Burgundy, on one of France’s most picturesque and historic waterways, the Canal de Briare. He clearly found it to be a tranquil and totally relaxing experience – which of course it is.
Click Here to read the full article.

Meet the Chef

Mari Nicholson cruised on La Belle Epoque in Burgundy and marvelled at how the chef, Steve Wilson, demonstrated his skills in a small kitchen to produce some truly mouth-watering gourmet meals.

Click Here to read her article about him.

Lock-Keeper Competition



Book competition



Cheeses competition


Last Issue Competiton

Last Issue’s Competition Winners

In issue 63 of The Lock-Keeper, we were giving away 3 copies of ‘Shooting the Cook’, a very funny new book written by television producer David Pritchard about his experiences working with celebrity chefs such as Rick Stein and Keith Floyd.

We received more than 150 entries and the lucky winners are………..

William Eeles of Sunbury, Australia; Elizabeth Cory of Cardiff, Wales; Laura Dinges of Gold Canyon USA.

Congratulations to you all and the books are on their way!

New Competition

Win a Selection of Fine French Cheeses

For this issue of The Lock-Keeper, our competition prize is a cheeseboard of delicious French cheeses made from cow’s, goat’s and ewe’s milk and supplied by specialist purveyor Fromage.com. Each one has its own subtle, yet distinctive flavour and together, they offer a really diverse sampling of the regional cheeses of France.

GoBarging News





Luxury barge La Belle Epoque



Passengers at lunch


Scottish Highlander on Loch Ness








Barging News

New Route for La Belle Epoque

We will be offering a new cruise route in 2010 for one of our most popular hotel barges in Burgundy, the 12 passenger La Belle Epoque. She is transferring the short distance from the Canal du Nivernais to the Burgundy Canal and will be cruising a very picturesque route between Pouillenay and Tonnerre. The new itinerary will include some wonderful excursions, including to the Abbaye de Fontenay, a UNESCO world heritage site, and to the charming village of Flavigny sur Ozerain, location of the film 'Chocolat'.

To find out more, click Here

New Barge Enchanté is a Big Hit

Last time, we told you about how the extensive, detailed fitting out of our new luxury barge Enchanté was nearly complete and that she would be cruising for the first time on the Canal du Midi at the end of August.

Well, that inaugural cruise was a great success and we received some very complimentary feedback from passengers about the high standards of comfort and service they enjoyed on board. And since then, Enchanté has continued to ‘enchant’ passengers and is cruising at least until the middle of October, a perfect time for this warm corner of France.

There are some new photos of Enchanté on our website. Click Here to see them.

Passenger Comments

We are always delighted to get positive feedback from passengers. To see what some of our clients have said recently about their hotel barge cruises with European Waterways, click here

And Finally...

Is the Loch Ness monster on Google Earth? Well, an image that can be seen on Google’s satellite mapping system shows something that certainly resembles a large sea creature beneath the surface of the water.

By entering coordinate Latitude 57 degrees 12’52.13”N, Longitude 4 degrees 34’14.16” W in Google Earth, “Nessie” can be clearly seen. This is great news because it had been feared that climate change may have killed off the Loch Ness monster. This is obviously not the case and if you still doubt such irrefutable evidence, we can only suggest you take a cruise aboard Scottish Highlander to see the friendly Scottish creature in the flesh!

That's about it for this issue of The Lock-Keeper. We hope that you’ve enjoyed reading it and that perhaps it’s whetted your appetite for that well-deserved luxury cruise with us on one of Europe’s waterways.

Please visit GoBarging 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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