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The Lock-Keeper Blog

The Lock-Keeper has gone viral! Every few weeks we will be blogging about the Hotel barging experience; From the history of our hotel barges to some of the off the beaten track excursions we visit. Intrigued? Then read on...

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The Canal du Midi by ‘Moonlight’ 6th Nov 2015

Hotel barge Clair de Lune cruises the ever-popular Canal du Midi each year, between the little village of Le Somail and the old fortified city of Carcassonne. And for 2016, there is news of another voyage of exploration along this historic canal. 

Meet Mike Crowson – the ‘Barge Chef’ 6th Nov 2015

Mike Crowson loves to use his skills to create dishes using wonderful local ingredients for the guests on hotel barge Rosa which cruises the picturesque Canal de Garonne in southwest France.  

Chef's Recipe: Breaded Camembert with a Port and Red Currant Sauce 5th Nov 2015

Cut the Camembert into quarters. Dip the quarters in the beaten egg yolk and then in the bread crumbs, making sure they are well covered. Place the Camembert in the freezer... 

Elevating Experiences On Board Panache 5th Nov 2015

From mid-June through October, the stylish hotel barge Panache cruises the Canal de la Marne au Rhin through an area famous for its unique blend of French and German influences, strongly evident in its customs, cuisine, wines and architecture.

‘Downton Abbey’ Cruises 4th Nov 2015

Highclere Castle (April 2011)For a number of departures this Spring on hotel barge Magna Carta’s classic cruises, an excursion to Highclere Castle, setting for the renowned period drama series “Downton Abbey”, is included. The hugely impressive Victorian castle sits on an expansive 1,000 acre estate surrounded by gardens and is the iconic home to the fictional Crawley family on the show. 

Flavigny-Sur-Ozerain: Chocolat’s Backdrop 29th Oct 2015

Today we’d like to tell you a little about our historical and characterful barge, La Belle Epoque, and one of the towns her passengers can visit along the way - one where the critically acclaimed and popular film Chocolat was shot in 2000.

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