Welcome to the January/February 2009 Lock-Keeper
Hello Lock-Keeper Reader,
Welcome to the 61st edition of the European Waterways Newsletter. I do hope that you had a very Happy Christmas and my very best wishes for the New Year.
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.
Finally, I would like to offer a personal word of thanks to all my barge crews and office staff who worked so hard to look after our guests in 2008. Their dedication has resulted in us receiving an unprecedented amount of complimentary feedback – some of which can be read on the inside back cover of our new brochure – and is a major reason why many of our clients choose to cruise with us again.
As always, it is good to hear from you, so please feel free to 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 GoBarging and keep up to date with the latest barging news as it breaks.
Derek Banks - Chairman and Barge skipper