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Painting from Picardy to Paris Aboard the Panache - 15th May 2017

There are some scenes which, although tucked away in the anonymous folds of the French countryside, millions of people worldwide, particularly art lovers, would instantly recognise. The lily pond spanned by a bridge at Giverny, or the Gothic church at Auvers-sur-Oise, van Gogh’s final resting place. And passengers get the chance to visit these iconic places on our Classic Cruise en route to Paris aboard the hotel barge Panache. 

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Strasbourg: the City at the Crossroads - 12th Apr 2017

The Alsatian city of Strasbourg – whose name literally means ‘town at the crossing of roads’ – lies at a fascinating juncture between old and new, German and French. It is of course famous for its colossal Gothic cathedral, but also as the seat of the European Parliament, while its half-timbered German merchant dwellings sit next to elegant French townhouses.
 

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The Truth Behind the Bubbles: the History of Champagne - 25th Jan 2017

Have you ever wondered how the eponymous sparkling wine of Champagne became one of the most exclusive beverages in the world? Nowadays it’s used to toast the New Year, christen new ships and douse victorious sport champions. It will also welcome you when you step aboard the hotel barge Panache for your cruise through the Champagne region with European Waterways. It was not always the case, however, that the drink was associated with luxury and celebration.

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Chef’s Recipe: A Different Stuffing for Turkey - 19th Dec 2016

Christmas is fast approaching, so here is a different recipe for turkey stuffing from one of our barge chefs using some fine ingredients from various regions of France.

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A Land of Colour in the Spring - 27th Oct 2016

Holland is of course the tulip capital of the world, and Spring is the season when visitors see the tulips at their best, when the landscape comes alive with their brilliant and colorful displays.  Holland is also a dream destination for culture lovers, packed with world famous icons such as windmills, cheese markets, museums with renowned oil paintings by the Old Masters, and hand-made, painted pottery.

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Getting to Know the Garden of Europe - 26th Aug 2016

Mention the word ‘tulip’ and one place comes instantly to mind: Holland. Since the peak of so-called ‘tulip mania’ in the mid-1600s, this lowland nation has been inextricably linked to the jaunty Springtime flower. Flower lovers will get more than they could ever expect with a visit to the magnificent Keukenhof Gardens, the undisputed ‘Garden of Europe’, during their cruise aboard our hotel barge Panache.

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