A word here about our hostess, Mieke, she was the personification of
easy, friendly, first-class accommodation. She cleaned, served, attended and chatted (very knowledgably) about food,
wine, cheese, and locale and was always at the ready with coffee, cocktails and 'nibbles'.
Another of the ships crew was Xavier Villette, or as we dubbed him, Johnny Depp du
Canal. Xavier was the first mate, guide, driver, translator, and all around go-to guy and when he spoke English, it
It took several days to become accustomed to such a slow pace, and then mind boggling to imagine that time would pass
so quickly as we nary lifted a finger. As parents of two boys, our vacation time is typically filled with sports and
activities. This time we were surrounded by adults, in pursuit of adult conversation and past -times, and we
rediscovered the best parts of our marriage. With only six passengers on board, the barge never seemed crowded.
Nonetheless, bedrooms were very inviting, with dark wood, plenty of natural light, comfortable beds and abundant
pillows, Provencal linens and bath products, fresh flowers and luxury chocolates.
Our intrepid captain Rupert was always available to give us a brief history lesson, and as a resident of the area,
insight into the local culture. Rupert was the quintessential captain: capable, well versed (in multiple languages),
easy-going, and elegant. The ultimate expression of his capabilities came on our last morning. We are quite competent
travelers, and moving from one continent or town to another on local transport is not intimidating to us. However,
Rupert drove us to the train station in Narbonne, before sunrise, and made sure that we chose the fastest, most direct
train to Paris.
This was an incredible holiday on the Anjodi
We have been the envy of our friends who are considering this as a holiday option. Though trips like this are rarely
duplicated, the fabulous memories make us hope to return to the Anjodi someday in the future. Once again, Thank you
European waterways and GoBarging.
Visit Steve's Anjodi Photo gallery
is out of the water again up in Corpach, North West Scotland and jolly cold
it is too.
We noticed the rudder needed some work during the season hence the haul out and fortunately because
the yard had covered premises, we can work in the dry with an extra opportunity to get some more paint on to keep
Scottish Highlander bright and shiny.
The Scottish yard also look after the Caledonian MacBrayne ferries which visit the islands all the way up Scotland's
dramatically beautiful West coast, so we know the work they do is first rate. A big thank you to Sandy and the team up
We received some nice feedback from June Simeth who cruised on Highlander from July 11 th to July 18th this year. June
'the interior of
the barge was very beautiful and my room was extremely comfortable. The scenery
was beautiful, of course, and the places selected to drive to
were very good and interesting.
Your crew on this barge was simply outstanding, and I cannot say enough good things
about them. Captain Geoff was extremely personable and made everyone feel
comfortable by his demeanour. He made each day interesting and took an interest in
each person individually throughout the trip. He also did a wonderful job navigating
Our Hostess Davina was always willing to please and made us feel right at home.
Both Geoff and Davina had a smile to go around all day long for everybody. Davina
was one of the most cheerful and uplifting persons I've had the occasion to meet. She
was a true hostess.
Kirsten was our driver from Australia and she too excelled at her
duties. She always had a pleasant manner and tried to accommodate special requests
wherever possible. She was very conscientious about finding the right sights for
people to see and the places she took us to suited us very much.
Chef John was
unsurpassable in his occupation! I have never tasted such delicious food. He even made haggis as an appetizer and no
one left a crumb on their plates. You have a
veritable treasure in him! This superb crew worked so smoothly together that it
seemed as though they had operated as a unit for years. They
are responsible for
making the trip what it was.
I found the locks at Fort Augustus very interesting, and some of the towpaths I walked
were simply lovely. My favourite excursions were the Culloden Battlefield, Cawdor Castle, Eilean Donan Castle, and
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