Back Issues of Go Barging's Newsletter, The Lock-Keeper

We launched The Lock-Keeper at the start of 2004 and since then, the number of subscribers has grown enormously. Below, we have assembled an archive where you can browse all the back issues, read the stories & features, find out who won all of the previous competitions and see how the newsletter has evolved over the years.

64th edition of the Lock-Keeper
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.

63rd edition of the Lock-Keeper
There are two excellent articles by journalists who recently cruised on two of our hotel barges. Vivien Devlin writes about a Spring cruise she enjoyed aboard Scottish Highlander on the Caledonian Canal, while Dave Bowers enthuses about a week he spent a week on Nymphea – the only hotel barge cruising the River Cher in the Loire Valley.

This issue’s featured cruise is the Trans-Europe cruise aboard Anjodi, with a six week itinerary that begins in the South of France and finishes in Amsterdam – an amazing experience on our best-known hotel barge. However, if you can only spare a week, the walking cruise through Burgundy aboard La Belle Epoque departing October 25 still has some availability and the Autumn is a perfect time to explore this glorious part of France - have a look at the itinerary.

In our competition this time, we are giving away three copies of David Pritchard’s book ‘Shooting the Cook’, a hilarious memoir of his time producing successful BBC TV series such as Rick Stein’s French Odyssey, which made our barge Anjodi a ‘film star’.

Barging News this time includes an update on Enchanté, our new barge that will begin cruising in the South of France from August 30. You can also see pictures of the brand new ensuite cabins that have been fitted this year on L’Art de Vivre, one of our most popular Burgundy barges and find out why 2009 is the perfect year to take a cruise on Scottish Highlander.

The March/April 2009, 62nd edition of the lock-keeper
In this issue, we include two great press articles. The first, written for World of Cruising magazine by Carol Wright, describes her cruise around Venice and its lagoon aboard La Dolce Vita. The second is by Arlene Stacey, Editor of the magazine published by the respected organisation CARP (Canadian Association for Retired Persons) and she enthuses about her cruise on L’Impressionniste last year. We also feature a walking cruise through Burgundy in October aboard La Belle Epoque, when this beautiful region of France is at its best.

For our competition, there’s a chance to win a week in one of our cosy apartments in The Old Lock House superbly located at Fort Augustus overlooking the lock staircase which lifts the Caledonian Canal from the southern shore of Loch Ness. Guests staying in the apartments should also be able to spot Scottish Highlander as she cruises this spectacular part of the Scottish Highlands.

In Barging News, you can read all about the wine that has been produced exclusively for Go Barging and get an update on Enchanté, our new barge that will begin cruising in the South of France later this year. There is also a small selection of comments that we have received recently from some of our passengers.

The January/February 2009, 61st edition of the lock-keeper.
To kick off the 2009 season, we have put together a tempting ‘10 nights for the price of 6’ offer at the start of April on one of our most luxurious hotel barges, Renaissance. The special itinerary, includes 4 nights in Paris and coincides with the running of the Paris Marathon – an amazing spectacle!

Our new brochure is also now available and if you haven’t received it yet, it should be with you shortly. It features two new hotel barges –Enchanté and Napoléon. Also, for 2009, one of our most popular vessels, L’Impressionniste, is moving from the South of France up to the Burgundy region.

In this issue, we have included articles by two well known British journalists. Alan Hart enjoyed a very relaxing cruise on La Belle Epoque in Burgundy, while Max Davidson spent an amusing week on L’Impressionniste looking at hotel barge cruising from an eco-friendly viewpoint.

We announce an exciting competition for all you experts out there with a camera or camcorder - the chance to win a case of wine that has been specially bottled for Go Barging by one of the leading wine growers in the South of France. Also, have a look at Barging News – there are some interesting items

Nov 11th - The Nov/Dec 2008, 60th edition of the lock-keeper
In this issue we are very pleased to include an article written by one of our favourite clients, John D. Smith, who with his family, has chartered both L'Impressionniste and Scottish Highlander in recent years. John sets himself the difficult task of trying to decide which was his “best ever” cruise. There is also an article written by journalist Michael O’Flaherty about a week he spent in early July cruising the waterways of Provence & the Camargue aboard L’Impressionniste. If you are a golfer who is tempted by the idea of combining a few rounds on some of the South of France’s most attractive golf courses with a cruise along the Canal du Midi, have a look at Barging News - in response to popular demand, we have created a special itinerary for the cruise aboard Anjodi departing on 30th August 2009. There is also news of wine appreciation charter cruises we are offering in France for 2009 and an exciting refit project aboard L'Art de Vivre. We are receiving more and more requests for our wide range of themed cruises e.g. wine appreciation, cycling, Venice regattas, so please look through the Theme Cruise Guide on our website and if any of the itineraries appeal, contact us for availability. And finally, in our competition, we can't offer you diamonds, but we do have 5 copies of chef Rick Stein's new book 'Coast to Coast' to give away.

Sept 9th - The Sept/October 2008, 59th edition of the lock-keeper
In our latest bi-monthly Lock-keeper, we have more fantastic 2008 cruise offers. We have news of two luxurious barges that will be joining our fleet in the South of France in 2009 – Enchanté and Napoleon, and I tell you all about a hectic week I spent in June visiting some of our most popular barges. If the idea appeals of a relaxing cruise on the beautiful Canal du Midi in Southern France aboard Anjodi in early November, when the weather down there is still warm, take a look at the special itinerary that we’ve put together. Once again, we are running a great competition, with the chance to win a cruise for two aboard Scottish Highlander as it cruises along the Caledonian Canal through some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery. Also in this issue, we are including a selection of comments we have received recently from some of our passengers. It’s very gratifying for our dedicated crews and reservations team to know that all their hard work has been recognised and that their guests have had such a good time. Please remember that we are always keen to get any feedback from our passengers, whether it is during, or after, a cruise.

July 9th - The July/August 2008, 58th edition of the lock-keeper
In our latest bi-monthly Lock-keeper, we have more fantastic 2008 cruise offers. We highlight the amazing La Belle Epoque family cruise, where we are offering our guests the chance to admire the Burgundy countryside from the sundeck of our luxury barge La Belle Epoque. We have an article by Bucky McGuire who recounts his experience of cruising on La Belle Epoque. We highlight the Distinctive Destinations Newsletter and we have an article about the newly refitted La Renaissance ultra deluxe barge. Don't forget to catch our latest news, as we can now offer clients the chance to stay in a genuine Lock-Keepers Cottage on the Caledonian Canal in Scotland.

May 9th - The May/June 2008, 57th edition of the lock-keeper
In our new bi-monthly Lock-keeper, we have some fantastic 2008 cruise offers. We highlight the amazing Riviera Fiorita 6 Night Cruise in Venice, where we are offering our guests the chance to admire the Riviera Fiorita Regatta from the sundeck of La Dolce Vita luxury barge. We announce a new 2009 Burgundy Cruise itinerary for L'Impressionniste, and to celebrate our brand new Lock-Keeper we have a fabulous competition, giving you the chance to win a cruise for two aboard L'Impressionniste as it travels through the delightful Ouche Valley in Burgundy. Dont forget to catch our latest news, especially for those travelling to Venice, also in news section we have an illuminating radio interview with Alison Gardner, editor of Travel with a Challenge magazine, where she shares her experience aboard Scottish Highlander as it travels across the Great Glen in Scotland.

February 29th - The February/March 2008, 56th edition of the lock-keeper
As usual this is a very busy time in the pre season run up to our traditional April start. As well as the usual maintenance tasks such as painting and varnishing we are busy with some serious makeovers, particularly aboard La Belle Epoque and L’Impressionniste. We are delighted to appoint Jean Pierre Poizat as our new vessel's cruise director. We have always referred to the Upper Loire as the region we work in to distinguish it from the real Loire Valley further to the west. What I had never heard of, but enjoy the majestic connotation, is the region known as the "Loire Superieure" - look it up on Google, there's some great reading about fluvial formation and quality of water all of which are relevent to our barging world. we have a selection of special deals offering great value for money. Cassandra Jardine writes about her delightful cruise aboard La Dolce Vita in Venice and we highlight our flagship La Belle Epoque and her sister ship L'Impressionniste which provide an unequalled barging experience. We have an article celebrating Easter and we announce the winner of the Rick Stein French Odyssey DVD collection. We also have an article by Dave Bowers about the joys of combining barging with golf.

January 30th - The January 2008, 55th edition of the lock-keeper
This month in the lock-keeper, we have some fantastic special offers and we learn of Alouette's new itinerary on the Canal du Midi. We have an article on cruising on the Shannon River on board our barge Shannon Princess II and discuss the return of the Loch Ness monster to cinema screens. We announce the winner of the Lock-Keeper December Chablis Wine Book competition and we visit spell-binding Venice at Carnival time. Our January Competition gives you the opportunity to win a DVD of Rick Stein's French Odyssey aboard our barge Anjodi and a C.D. of the music from his latest series Mediterranean Escapes. Finally we have our usual line up of news including the fantastic new "Tutankhamen and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" exhibition in London, England.

December 29th - The December 2007, 54th edition of the lock-keeper
This month in the lock-keeper, we announce honeymoon itineraries for The Scottish Highlander, La Dolce Vita and Nymphea. Julian Allsop introduces the fantastic wines of the Midi region and highlights those served on board our barge Anjodi. I confess my love for the French canal system and we announce the winner of the Lock-keeper's cottage competition. We introduce a new barge, Renaissance formerly called Bonne Humeur and we have a fantastic new competition giving readers the opportunity to win a Chablis wine book by renowned wine expert Rosemary George. I reminisce about my early days in barging and discuss the Loire Festival which takes place every year involving water craft of every description. Finally we have our usual round up of cruise news, including the release of Rick Stein's French Odyssey DVD,

November 29th - The November 2007, 53rd edition of the lock-keeper
This month in the lock-keeper, we have special offers on cruises in France, Italy and Holland to tempt you. We anounce Nymphea's new Golf Itinerary and we look at the changes which have taken place in 'wine capital of the world' Bordeaux. November brings the famous wine auction at the Hospice de Beaune and we announce the winner of the October Lock-keeper La Belle-Epoque cruise competition. We have a fabulous new competition this month which gives you the opportunity to be a real life lock-keeper with a weeks stay in a Scottish lock-keeper's cottage. We highlight the changes to St Pancras train station in London and we have the usual round up of cruise news. The French inland waterways come under the transport ministry, so in the recent weeks there has been some disruption on the waterways, It looks like the closures and stoppages are now settled and business is back to normal. Gobarging was not really affected apart from a few crew being “barge bound” at the end of a busy season.   A personal word of thanks to all of the Go Barging with European Waterways crew who have enjoyed another season with us. We know that its hard work, long hours and something of an itinerant lifestyle.

October 29th - The October 2007, 52nd edition of the lock-keeper
This month in the lock-keeper, we have an introduction to our latest barge Bonne Humeur which cruises Western Burgundy and the Upper Loire. This beautifully equipped hotel barge has four spacious suites with great en-suite bathrooms, and with a crew of 5 and a cruise route along the most ancient man made water way in France, this is the no 1 vessel for the discerning traveller and friends.! We taste a sample of the good life on board La Dolce Vita and relive a fabulous cruise aboard the Scottish Highlander with Steve Gogh. We discuss the wonderful fine wines of Burgundy and in this month's competition we give you the opportunity to win a fantastic cruise aboard our luxury barge La Belle Epoque travelling through that very region. We reveal the winner of the Go Barging Photographic competition, which has been a great success. The standard of the photography was very high indeed as I'm sure you will agree. We also announce the winner of September's Spectacular Scotland competition and finish with the usual round up of travel and cruise news.

September 30th - The September 2007, 51st edition of the lock-keeper
This month in the lock-keeper, we have a delightful article from Lynn Underwood about her wonderful cruise on board the Scottish Highlander. We highlight the Scottish Highlander's fabulous Christmas cruise and why not follow that with a New Year cruise aboard the luxurious Magna Carta as it sails majestically along the Royal River Thames. We then focus on the spectacularly beautiful scenery of Alsace, Burgundy and Champagne through which many of our barges cruise. We announce the winners of our August Burgundy wines competition and for our September competition we offer you the chance to win a copy of a stunning book, Spectacular Scotland by James Gracie.Then we reveal how to have the best of times in Burgundy aboard the L'Art De Vivre and showcase Loch Lomond's new Cessna Seaplane which offers an exciting alternative to guests cruising on the Scottish Highlander. We also have news of a highland feast and the usual round up of travel news.

August 31st - The August 2007, 50th edition of the lock-keeper
This month in the lock-keeper, we cruise on Scottish Highlander with Arlene Stacey and friends, and hear some fine tales about their adventures along the Caledonian canal in Scotland. For this month’s competition we are giving away six bottles of the finest Vosne Romanee from Domaine Jaffelin in Nuits St Georges, Burgundy. We have served this wine for decades, always grateful for the opportunity to buy Burgundy’s finest from a family run Domaine. We announce the winners of our cruise for two on Hirondelle in Burgundy in September 2007, and we continue the GoBarging photo competition for anyone who has cruised with us before. Send a photo with your story and win another cruise for two. We feature the French TGV super-fast train, and visit some Pubs with Australian guests on Magna Carta in England. Finally, check out our News section for more great summer offers.

July 31st - The July 2007 edition of the lock-keeper
This month in the lock-keeper, we have an article on Chateauneuf du Pape wine by our L'Impressionniste skipper Philippe Aviles, we go Swan Upping on the Royal river Thames, and I give my suggestions on the best barges for an intimate Family charter cruise. We announce the winners of our Rick Stein book competition, and this month we have two prize competitions. The first one is a great chance to win a cruise for two on Hirondelle in Burgundy in September 2007, and we kick-off a GoBarging photo competition for anyone who has cruised with us before. Send a photo with your story and win another cruise for two. Check out our News section for some great summer offers, including a late availability on the Fiorita Regatta cruise on La Dolce Vita in Italy, a Shannon Princess charter offer and our summer special discounts for July and August on various barges in our fleet.

June 30th - The June 2007 edition of the lock-keeper
This 48th edition marks four years since we began our GoBarging newsletter and its amazing how quickly the time has passed. Some of our readers have been with us all the way, and every month we welcome new subscribers to the Lock-keeper. Thanks for your company and support on this journey.This month we meet Maire Touchet, our stewardess on La Belle Epoque, we hear about the warmest April since 1945 from Ralph Collier aboard the Actief on the river Thames in England. David Yeskel talks about the wheelchair accessible Reine Pedauque cruising in Burgundy France, and we briefly visit Wimbledon where this year's tennis championship is about to begin. We announce our May competition winner and for our June competition we have two copies of chef Rick Stein's new book to be won.

May 29th - The May 2007 edition of the lock-keeper
This edition of the lock-keeper, marks 30 years of Luxury Hotel Barging, when on Friday 13th of May 1977 to be exact, I started this Barging in France at the tender age of 24. Well, there’s a lot of water gone under the bridge since then and much has changed of course, but the deeply relaxing feeling which barging bestows on you, really hasn’t altered at all? Barging is a bit like walking across a grass lawn in bare feet, you just know it feels good! This month’s Lock-keeper is a bit of self indulgence, I thought it would be fun to answer a question often asked. How did I start? and also to reflect on our barging world as a whole. We reveal various articles on Anjodi; our opening comentary from a cruise competition winner and a publication recently featured in the Daily Mail by Lisa Sewards who "Takes a route less travelled" on barge trip through the Canal du Midi. Our featured itinerary for this month is the Dolce Vita 2008 Venetian lagoon cruise. Which is linked to this months competition to win a hard-backed book on Venice. We announce the Fromages.com winners and conclude with some Cruise News, including the latest Summer Offers, a must see Venice exhibition and new EU cash rule changes..

April 30th - The April 2007 edition of the lock-keeper
This month in the lock-keeper, we meet Glenda Hope Evans, our new Marketing Manager, we feature May day in England with news on the Chelsea Flower show and the ancient tradition of Maypole dancing. With the days getting longer, we get even more golf in with Scottish Highlander and we have a very rare opportunity to cruise on Serenite in Germany. We have some great new photos of our Algarve Portugal villa Quinta Padeiro and it's magnificent gardens, we announce the Nymphea cruise winner and have a great new competition to win a selection of fine French cheeses from www.fromages.com. We conclude with some Cruise News, including some great Spring & Summer Offers.

March 29th - The March 2007 edition of the lock-keeper
This month in the lock-keeper, we visit the Loire valley, its Chateaux and wines with Nymphea, we cruise on down to the Canal du Midi, where we have five barges with a wide variety of itineraries, and we have an exclusive limited edition signed Ronnie Ford "Le Canal du Midi" Giclee print offer for Lockkeeper readers. We follow Andrew Marshall on a gourmet golf cruise on Scottish Highlander and we hear more from Buck Maguire on Impressionniste in the south of France. We announce our GoPortugal Villa competition winner and this month we have a competition to win a cruise for two on Nymphea in the Loire valley, finishing off with some news and offers.

February 26th - The February 2007 edition of the lock-keeper
In this month’s issue we experience the sweet life on La Dolce Vita through the eyes of Australian journalist Maggie Oehlbeck who cruised with us last May, we delve more deeply into the wines of the Languedoc with Captain Julian of “Anjodi” and enjoy a bit of frivolity at the carnival in Pezenas. We have breaking news about a new cruise route on Savoir Faire and meet Captain Dean of “L’Art de Vivre”, cruising in Burgundy, and finally we announce January’s competition winner for that luscious Chablis wine and invite you to participate in our February Villa competition.Diverting from barge cruising for a moment, we have another piece of exciting news for you. Our villa in the Algarve, Portugal has been lovingly restored and is available to let. You can download our Portugal Villa brochure here, or take a look at our new website GoPortugalVilla.com.

January 27th - The January 2007 edition of the lock-keeper
This month’s issue is stuffed with great news and marks the introduction of some fresh features for 2007. We start a new series of articles on the wines of France, as seen through the eyes of our French wine experts, we help you to keep that new year’s resolution to get fitter by offering a great new Walking Cruise in October, and invite you to join in the fun during the Highland Culture Week on the Caledonian Canal. We have some photos of Anjodi while she undergoes her refurbishment in the South of France, a very special April opportunity and some great springtime offers for those of you who are still looking for a spring break in Europe. Finally we announce December’s Ronnie Ford Art competition winner and invite you to participate in our January competition to win 6 bottles of Chablis wine.

December 28th - The December 2006 edition of the lock-keeper
This month in the lock-keeper, we meet Italian Chef Eros who wants everyone to fall in love with his creations next year on La Dolce Vita, our barge which cruises around Venice and the Venetian Lagoon in Italy. We explore Christmas traditions in France and Italy and finish our Scottish Traditions series with the story of Auld Lang Syne – so no excuses for getting the words wrong on December 31st! We introduce the surprising small town of Vallabregues which features on the itinerary of our French barge L’Impressionniste in 2007 and extol the virtues of barge-strolling and barging for solos. We announce November's Scottish Highlander competition winner and we have a great new competition to win a pair of limited edition signed prints (framed on handmade paper) by the prestigious Scottish Contemporary Artist - Ronnie Ford. Finally, announcing the arrival of our 2007 brochure, we tie up the year and wish our readers a peaceful and fulfilling year to come.

November 27th - The November 2006 edition of the lock-keeper
This month in the lock-keeper, we encounter James Bond in Venice, on the film set for Casino Royale. We introduce Saint Louis - the latest vessel to join our GoBarging fleet, cruising in Bordeaux, France, and thinking about Bordeaux got us talking about the fine wines from that region. We have some photos of La Belle Epoque's trip to the shipyard in Holland for routine maintenance, and Chef Louis returns home from his French Odyssey to get married. It's not even winter yet, but our thoughts turn to Spring flower shows, especially the two great annual flower shows at Chelsea and Hampton Court in England, and those wonderful Tulip displays in Holland. We announce October's Actief cruise competition winner, eagerly anticipated my many of you I'm sure. We continue our Scottish Traditions series with a Hogamanay First Foot and have a great new competition to win a discount on a spring cruise on Scottish Highlander.

October 28th - The October 2006 edition of the lock-keeper
This month's edition has plenty of variety, starting with a trip along the Shannon on the Shannon Princess II with Graham Howe from South Africa who cruised with us earlier this year. We lift the lid on how to take the stress out of family holidays, compare the beautiful Italianate gardens of the Loire and Thames valley and give you the results of last month's Burgundy wine book competition. A new trilogy of festive season articles begins with an article on Hogmanay. In this edition, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the gracious lady of the Thames, the 11 passenger Actief, with a special cruise discount offer for 2007 and a competition to win a cruise for two on board Actief in 2007.

September 26th - The September 2006 edition of the lock-keeper
This month in the lock-keeper, we have some great offers and features to inspire a late season break or indeed to help you look forward to next year and begin planning your 2007 European cruise vacation. We begin with Savoir Faire and a 13 night, 3 country cruise, we have some great feedback from recent guests who cruised the river Cher in the Upper Loire Valley on Nymphea. We follow this with a look back to the days of Logging on the Yonne in Burgundy, and tell you about the La Belle Epoque October Walking cruise itinerary. As usual, we have our monthly Lockkeeper competition, and I am sure all our August Anjodi cruise competition entrants are keen to find out who's won our cruise for two. For this month's competition we've got two copies of a wonderful book about Burgundy and its Wine for you to win. We follow up on last month's Scottish Golf cruise feature with some great information on four of the fine courses we visit. We finish up with news of a special offer on Meanderer for October cruises in the Loire valley, so there should be plenty of interest for all.

August 25th - The August 2006 edition of the lock-keeper
This month in the lock-keeper, we travel with Buck Maguire on L'Impressionniste, you can find out what happened to Rick Stein's moped, visit some wildlife in Scotland and climb Ben Nevis, enter August's competition to win a cruise on Anjodi and find out who's won Rick Stein's French Odyssey. We finish with some Golf cruise news and some great feedback from some recent guests.

July 26th - The July 2006 edition of the lock-keeper
In this month's GoBarging newsletter, we focus on Burgundy. We introduce Captain Nick Jones of La Belle Epoque, enjoy a cruise on board through the eyes of Reg Butler a local writer, and have some great feedback from well-known Australian chef Ian Parmenter who also travelled on La Belle Epoque this year. Our great summer offers are still available and we are offering you the chance to GoBarging while enjoying the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France next year. We announce our June competition winners and to give you inspiration when entertaining, whether enjoying a British summer or an Australian winter, this month's competition gives you the chance to win a mouth-watering copy of Rick Stein's French Odyssey! Rick is back on the BBC with a repeat of his TV series.

The June 2006 edition of the lock-keeper
In this month's GoBarging newsletter, we feature a new member of staff - Honey Purkait, we focus on La Dolce Vita cruising in Venice and the Venetian Lagoon, with details of some short 3 day cruises. We go Swan Upping on the Thames, and we have some great remaining 2006 season offers on many of our barges. We announce our June Scottish cookbook competition winners, and we have a new competition for June, where you can win a 10% discount on a cruise for two on the barge of your choice for 2006/2007. We also have some great feedback from several clients.

The May 2006 edition of the lock-keeper
In this month's GoBarging newsletter, we introduce the chef on La Dolce Vita, take a peek at the new film The Da Vinci Code through the eyes of our fleet and introduce a new cruise route from Paris to Amsterdam on Savoir-Faire. We have had some great feedback and will be sharing an example with you in this edition. We whet your appetite for a cosy winter break on board Scottish Highlander, and we have some great summer offers on Impressionniste and Meanderer. There's our April Wine competition winner and for all you budding chefs out there this month's competition gives you the chance to win a mouth-watering book on Scottish cooking, so wooden spoons at the ready!

The April 2006 edition of the lock-keeper
In this month's GoBarging newsletter, we introduce Mike Flanagan, our very experienced and professional Sales manager, and we cruise on Actief along the Royal river Thames in England with Bucky Maguire. We have an article on Summer in Provence with a great Impressionniste offer, and we announce our March cruise competitition winners. This month's competition gives you the chance to win some fine French wine and, as usual, we also have some latest news and offers, so there should be plenty to keep you interested.

The March 2006 edition of the lock-keeper
In this month's GoBarging newsletter, In this month's lock-keeper we feature our Marketing and Press relations contact - Bobbie Latter, we explore the Canal du Midi with Richard Hill and announce three lucky winners of our February Dutch Cheese competition. We have a great new competition for March, where you can win a cruise for two on L'Impressionniste in Provence in August, there's a feature on the Wine Adventure Magazine who kindly allowed us to re-print their Belle Epoque article in last month's lock-keeper, and we tell you about Blue Flagging in our Hands-on Barging feature. We finish up with an Irish recipe to mark St Patrick's Day, and we have several cruise offers in our Cruise News section.

The February 2006 edition of the lock-keeper
In this month's GoBarging newsletter, we interview our Accounts Manager Isabelle Price, another key member of our GoBarging staff. We barge through Burgundy aboard La Belle Epoque with Irvina Lew, courtesy of Wine Adventure Magazine We feature two new WayFarers walking cruise itineraries in England and France, and tell you about the Keukenhof Gardens which feature on our Dutch Tulip cruises on MY Monarch and Savoir Faire.We announce our January cruise winner and have a Dutch cheese competition this month. Along with various news items, there's plenty on offer in this month's newsletter...

The January 2006 edition of the lock-keeper
In this month's GoBarging newsletter, we interview our Sales and Reservations Manager Amanda Green, a key member of our GoBarging staff. We feature Actief Gardens cruises and the Fiorita Regatta in Venice and introduce our latest barge Savoir Faire which cruises in France and Holland. We announce our new Anjodi itinerary from Carcassonne to Beziers and follow in Harry Potter's footsteps on the Hogwarts Express in Scotland. Find out who has won our case of Burgundy wine and we have a great new January Scottish Highlander cruise competition to kick-off the New Year. We finish with some Barge updates, a forthcoming Rick Stein book sale and our 2007 Earlybird offer.

The December 2005 edition of the lock-keeper
Seasons greetings to all our readers.We cast a wave in the direction of our last clients and crew barging this year, as L'impressionniste heads for Amsterdam for a December 23rd arrival. Having travelled nearly 1000 miles across France, Belgium and Holland over 6 weeks, this unique trans-europe voyage clearly shows the enthusiasm and skill which sets GoBarging apart from other holiday companies. 2005 also marks the year we took Monarch from Amsterdam to Constanza - North Sea to Black Sea, a 3000 mile 9 week cruise.

The November 2005 edition of the lock-keeper
In this month's lock-keeper we have a feature on Chef Jen McStay, we introduce new early season Spring dates and three new additions to the GoBarging family. Lynne Underhill reports on her Scottish Highlander cruise, we announce the Impressionniste Spring cruise winner and, as it's approaching the Holiday season, we have a bumper hamper to give a way in our November competition.

The October 2005 edition of the lock-keeper
In this month's lock-keeper we continue our report from La Dolce Vita in Venice, and we follow-up on Rick Stein's French Odyssey with another great recipe from Rick's new book of his tv series French Odyssey. We have some great feedback from some very satisfied guests who have cruised with us this year - it's always nice to hear that people have enjoyed themselves so much, as it makes the hard work all worthwhile and is a great incentive to our very proud crews. This month we profile Captain Bernard Rogeon of barge Rosa and we have a summary of our up-and-coming Trans European cruise on L'Impressionniste. We conclude this October edition with the winners of our Rick Stein Champagne and Truffles and announce our new October competition. Lastly, we announce our Scottish Highlander Christmas and New Year (referred to as "Hogmanay" in Scotland) cruises.

The September 2005 edition of the lock-keeper
In this month's issue, we have a report from La Dolce Vita, a profile on Anjodi chef Toni Stock, we follow-up on Rick Stein's French Odyssey with a recipe from Rick's new book of his tv series French Odyssey. We have a great article by Loudon Temple cruising on the Anjodi. We have some late availability cruise information, we announce our August competition cruise winner and launch our September competition.

The August 2005 edition of the lock-keeper
In this month's issue, we feature an intriguing article on Barging in Provence aboard L'Impressionniste, and reveal why there is no better way to experience the uniqueness of Southern France. We introduce Actief chef Andrew Hurley, and share his 11 year love-affair with building relationships with food. For those who are currently taking (or planning) a vacation in Scotland, see why Edinburgh is the capital of inspiration and find out what's going down at the world's largest festival. For all those who entered our July competition, we announce the winner of the AOC Languedoc Roussillon case of wine and we have a great new August competition to win a Burgundy cruise on La Belle Epoque in October. We complete this edition with some News items, including the much anticipated Rick Stein French Odyssey TV series, now underway on BBC2. Don't forget to tune in on Wednesday nights at 8.00pm GMT, for some onboard gastronomic gratification. We have some special end-of-season discount offers on Magna Carta and Actief and some late availability on several other barges, so hopefully lots of interesting news for you.

The July 2005 edition of the lock-keeper
In this month's lock-keeper, we feature Antiques cruises on Actief, we introduce chef Rebecca Clair, tell you about Wine Harvesting with a complimentary French wine competition. We cruise in tandem in Provence on Anjodi and Impressionniste, and walk the paths and byways of Burgundy on a Belle Epoque walking cruise, also watch out for the usual News round-up including details of when the new Rick Stein TV series aboard Anjodi appears on BBC2.


The June 2005 edition of the lock-keeper
In this month's lock-keeper, we have a new story on Anjodi, we announce our May Rick Stein's French Odyssey book winners, feature chef Louis Dutton, run the annual Beajolais wine race and feature the charming Rosa. There's winter cruising and a tennis feature too...
We also have the usual News round-up.

The May 2005 edition of the lock-keeper
In this month's lock-keeper, we have a new story on L'Impressionniste, we announce our April Scottish Highlander cruise winner and we feature Rick Stein's French Odyssey - with a signed copy of Rick's book as our May competition prize...
We also have the usual News round-up.

The April 2005 edition of the lock-keeper
In this month's lock-keeper, we have a new story on Belle Epoque, some new Winter cruises, information on various Feasts & Festivals around Europe, our new Scottish Highlander cruise competition and last month's Shannon Princess cruise winner, and the usual News round-up.
We are pleased to announce that you can now easily check availability for your cruise dates online - tell us when you want to travel and we'll reply within 24 hours with options. We also have a new barging video online which gives you a real flavour of life on the European Waterways. Why not combine the delights of Scotland with the south of France or Venice ?. We are sometimes asked if consequetive weeks can be booked on our barges, Answer - yes of course - just have a look through the website, send us an email or call and we will have all the barge routes and availability information ready quickly.

The March 2005 edition of the lock-keeper
In this month's lock-keeper, we take you on a trip down the Shannon river aboard the Shannon Princess II. Discover the culinary delights and warm Irish welcome that awaits you. We also have a cruise competition this month to win a cruise for two on the Shannon Princess, so next time it could be your dream trip. We cruise in Provence with Heather McGlone and family aboard L'Impressionniste. Read about their exploits and the marvellous places visited along the way. We announce our February competition winner - a cruise for two on Anjodi, and we finish off with some news. Our Trans Europe 6 week cruise can now be booked in two and three week sections, so read on for more details of this wonderful opportunity to cruise across Europe.

The February 2005 edition of the lock-keeper
In this month's lock-keeper, we are looking forward to Spring, with a great new cruise on Anjodi. We also have a new competition to win a cruise on Anjodi, sometime in 2005. We pay further tribute to La Belle Epoque's old owner with some stories and photos of the old days, and we have a Troglodyte trip on board Nymphea in the Loire valley. We announce our L'Art de Vivre cruise winner, tell you more about our Trans Europe 6 week cruise on L'Impressionniste from Avignon in France to Amsterdam in Holland, and round up with some news items. As you've probably heard, we also have a Royal Wedding to celebrate in April, and since our two barges on the river Thames are closely linked with Windsor, we have a Royal Wedding week cruise which offers you the chance to be there and witness the celebrations at first hand.

The January 2005 edition of the lock-keeper
Find out who has won our luxury cruise for two aboard L'Impressionniste in Provence, France. Read about the experience of one of our guests who travelled on La Belle Epoque in Burgundy in 2004.
We announce our new website and Cruise Selector - a tool which will help you to find your luxury barge, choose from our wide selction of theme cruise itineraries and check rates for your selected dates. To celbrate the launch, we have a new competition to win a luxury barge cruise for two aboard L'Art de Vivre in Burgundy. We announce two new Venice cruises - Vogalonga festival and Venice Opera cruises on La Dolce Vita, and we take you to the Henley Festival cruise on Actief.

The December 2004 edition of the lock-keeper
Find out who has won our Provence Cookbook and Lanquedoc wine book. Read about La Belle epoque's journey home and a sad departure. Catch-up with Scottish Highlander and L'Impressionniste in dry dock. We have the ten smelliest cheese in France, and you can win a superb cruise for two in 2005 on L'Impressionniste in Provence...

The November 2004 edition of the lock-keeper
Find out who won our Actief cruise competition. Read Steve Brown's Anjodi diary. Discover our Venice Historical regatta cruise on La Dolce Vita, and win a Provence Cookbook and Lanquedoc wine book in our new competition. Barge updates and more...

The Ocotber 2004 edition of the lock-keeper
Find out who won our Burgundy wine compettition. We have a great new competition to win a cruise for two aboard Actief, cruising the upper Thames in England. We talk to our La Dolce Vita Venice cruise winner who tells us that life really does begin at 50..! and we have various news items and offers.

The September 2004 edition of the lock-keeper
Find out who won the cruise in Venice on our latest barge La Dolce Vita. It was fun running this one, and many of you obviously enjoyed finding the answers. We hope you liked the information and the photo galleries of Venice, the Lagoon and the barge itself. We have an interesting article by another Malt Whisky winner, Steve Goch who also happened to be cruising on the Scottish Highlander. Steve wrote about his visit to Scotland and to compliment his story, we have a virtual tour of Glenfinnan. Our September competition takes us back to Burgundy. We give you the low-down on cruising in this wonderful region of France and we have some Burgundy wine to give away.

The August 2004 edition of the lock-keeper
We announce the winner of our La Belle Epoque competition and hope you all enjoyed reading about and viewing the pictures in our Burgundy photo galleries. We have an article on Actief, one of our Barges cruising the beautiful and tranquil upper Thames in England. Malt whisky competition winner Jane Wallace and husband John enjoy a quiet drink of classic malt and tell us a bit about themselves. Win a a cruise in Venice on our latest barge La Dolce Vita and visit our new GoBarging Venice gallery.

The July 2004 edition of the lock-keeper
We announce the winners of our Classic malt whisky competition and hope you all enjoyed reading about the "water of life". We have an article on Anjodi by Cork Milner, and some great feedback from various guests on their barging experiences this year. We talked to Tim Hamill, our French wine winner, and he was more than happy to send us some details on his reaction and anticipation. He also told us a bit about himself and the Hamill family vacation - in France naturally. We then tell you about our latest La Belle Epoque competition, where you can visit our new Burgundy Region photo galleries and get the opportunity to win a cruise for two.

The June 2004 edition of the lock-keeper
we have an exciting new development to share with you. The Gobarging website now has the latest 360 degree virtual tours, showing you around one of our barges in England and some river Thames locations cruised by both Actief and Magna Carta. We think this is a great way to see our cruises - See our new 360 virtual tours here. We announce the winners of our May French Wine competition and we have a new competition for June. Enter our Scottish Malt whisky competition, learn about the different brands and win a Classic malt. We hear from our April Anjodi cruise winner and have a complimentary review from Steven Stern, author of "Stern's Guide to the Cruise Vacation" and "Stern's Guide to the Greatest Resorts of the World", and a recent traveller on La Belle Epoque.

The May 2004 edition of the lock-keeper
We tell you about our new Minibus fleet, chosen to transport you to and from our luxury barges in comfort. We announce the winners of our April competition to win a holiday aboard Anjodi on the Canl du Midi in the South of France. We feature a new golf cruise itinerary, specially designed to fit around the 2006 Ryder cup golf competiton in Ireland, with three different cruise options to choose from. We also have a new May competition to win some fabulous French wine - enter the competition and discover the world of Provencal wines, and of course the L'Impressionniste our Provencal barge.

The April 2004 edition of the lock-keeper
We update you on the Scottish Highlander, currently cruising along Loch Ness and the Caledonian canal in Scotland. We announce the winners of our March competition to win a holiday in Burgundy, aboard La Belle Epoque the flagship of our luxury barge fleet and we also catch-up with our February Actief competition winnner. We feature our new Anjodi galley, recently completely refurbished to the highest standards, and to compliment this we have an article on Provenšal cuisine. We also have a new April competition to win a holiday on Anjodi - see the new galley at first hand..!. We take an in-depth look at the first three weeks of our Trans Europe cruise on L'Impressionniste, and provide more travel updates in our Travel News section.

The March 2004 edition of the lock-keeper
Find out who won the luxury cruise on Actief and enter our new La Belle Epoque competition for a luxury cruise in Burgundy. Read about Gus and Ben on the Scottish Highlander. We feature a new Art discovery workshop theme cruise on Magna Carta, and we announce the Actief luxury cruise winner. We also have a great new competition to win a six night luxury cruise in Burgundy, aboard La Belle Epoque the flagship of our luxury barge fleet. We find out how our barge Rosa was named and what her crew are up to over the winter close season and to finish with, we have an update on our Trans Europe six week cruise, with some good travel news for guests traveling to the South of France via Paris CDG

The February 2004 edition of the lock-keeper
Win a cruise for two on the luxury barge Actief, cruising the Royal river Thames in England. We have a feature on Burgundy cruising submitted by one of our regular readers and barge aficionado - John Smith from Arizona. We also catch-up with Don Harclerode from New Jersey, our caption competition winner, to share his reaction to the good news...

The first 2004 edition of the lock-keeper
Find out who won the luxury cruise on L'Art de Vivre in Burgundy - read about our new 6 week cruise from Avignon to Amsterdam aboard L'impressionniste, read about Paul Spencer's family holiday on Anjodi on the Canal du Midi, our new Meanderer antique furniture hunting itinerary in France....

The last 2003 edition of the lock-keeper
We feature L'Art de Vivre, cruising the Nivernais Canal in Burgundy, France, and to celebrate the Holidays we have a fun competition for you to enter. You can win a cruise for two on L'Art de Vivre and we are even offering an additional 50% discount for two of your friends to travel with you.....quite a prize..! All you have to do is think of a caption for our "lock-gates" photograph below...enter the competition on our website www.gobarging.com, and that's it - you are in the draw....

The penultimate 2003 edition of the lock-keeper
This month we feature Concorde, the great British Airways supersonic flying phenomenon which retired from active service recently. Concorde is such an icon, and we wanted to give it our salute on it's final fly past. So, for a bit of fun, we have put together some Concorde facts and a comparison with one of our own luxury barges - hardly supersonic, but nevertheless good fun to compare.. We also feature a marvellous article by Evelyn Hannon on her journey down the Nivernais canal in Burgundy, aboard La Belle Epoque, and we have something for the whisky connoisseur and also for anyone who would like to learn more - a feature on single malt Scottish whiskies...

The October 2003 edition of the lock-keeper
Following on from our successful Provenšal cheeseboard competition, we decided to develop a special gobarging cheeseboard prepared by fromages.com and offered exclusively to our gobarging clients. To compliment our fromage offer, we have a feature on French wine regions and on some of the very best wines available, just one of the many interesting things to see, and of course taste, on your luxury barge cruise.

The September 2003 edition of the lock-keeper
This month we have an exciting offer for our lock-keeper readers - for selected cruises in September and October 2003, we are offering a free second week cruise on another barge, giving you the opportunity to sample two different regions. Places are limited, so if you are thinking of a late break, now is the time to book. There are some exciting new additions to our website, including Radio interviews with Terry Spence of the C-FAX 1070 Travel Show from British Columbia, Canada, on Provence cruising aboard L'Impressionniste, and cruising the river Thames in England, aboard Magna Carta or Actief. We have a new Magna Carta Golf charter itinerary and our 2004 Golf charter rates are now available. Our Golf charters are very popular, and there are many exciting famous championship courses to play.

The August 2003 edition of the lock-keeper
We have joined-up with fromages.com to offer a superb Provenšal cheeseboard from their luxury cheese range, to let the lucky winner savour the tastes of a selection of cheeses from this wonderful part of France. You'll find details of the competition in our fromages.com feature. The competition will run until Friday 29th August. We also have some new stories for you, a couple of feature stories by writers who have enjoyed their vacations aboard Anjodi.

The Inaugural July 2003 edition of the lock-keeper
Welcome to the first ever edition of the lock-keeper, our GoBarging newsletter. Our aim in this newsletter is to provide news and information on our luxury hotel barges. Every month, we'll run features on our special interest cruises, the regions we cruise in, or tell you about some of the fascinating things to do en-route. We'll also have regular updates from our Captains and hopefully from our passengers too. To celebrate the launch of the lock-keeper, we are running a competition with a fabulous prize - You can win a GoBarging luxury hotel barge cruise for two in 2004, on our superb barge L'Impressionniste....

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