Cruising in France: Day 6 on the Burgundy Canal

  On the last leg of our European Waterways cruise, from Lezinnes to Tanlay, there are five more locks and some of the group wanted to make the most of the nice weather by walking most of the way. A few others took the opportunity on our last cruise day to ride bikes. Throughout the cruise, Captain Jolanda has made a point of warning everyone not to fall overboard when getting on or off the barge at …

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Cruising in France: Day 5 on the Burgundy Canal

  A sunny morning permitted the group to get out to walk on the towpath while La Belle Epoque cruised today from Ancy-le-Franc to Lezinnes, with an excursion in the afternoon to the town of Chablis. A most notable town in Burgundy is Chablis dominated by the spire of the 13th century Collégiale Saint-Martin à Chablis. The city is packed with cellars aging the namesake wine. There are 300 producers with the most prominent being Domaine Laroche. We visited …

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Cruising in France: Day 4 on the Burgundy Canal

Les Riceys is the only wine growing area of the Champagne region to have three Appellation d’Origine Contollees. It is the major supplier of grapes for Alexandre Bonnet.

  Today our cruise on the Burgundy Canal is from Ravieres to Ancy-le-Franc. Following a morning drive into Champagne to inspect the vines at a Les Riceys vineyard, we moved on to the Alexandre Bonnet winery for a demonstration of the making of Champagnes by Ervine, the future wine maker of the winery. Included was a sampling of fine Alexandre Bonnet Champagnes. A Champagne aperitif and multicourse gourmet lunch was hosted by the vivacious Baroness Segolene and …

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Cruising in France: Day 2 on the Burgundy Canal

  Aboard La Belle Epoque cruising slowly from Venarey-les-Laumes to Montbard this morning. Nine locks are along this section of the canal permitting several opportunities to get off the barge for a walk or a bike ride. The 12-passenger La Belle Epoque was constructed in 1930 as a freight barge to carry logs from Burgundy to Paris and Amsterdam. In 1973 it was converted into a state of the art luxury hotel barge designed for elegance and …

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Cruising in France: Day 1 on the Burgundy Canal

  “April showers bring spring flowers.” Our group of twelve was picked up at a designated meeting point in the afternoon on a chilly day in Paris by Jolanda, Captain of the canal barge La Belle Epoque, owned by European Waterways, for the trip in two private minibuses to the village of Venarey-les-Laumes, a three hour drive of 180m kilometers. Our route south out of Paris took us along the left bank of the River Seine and …

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Today we visited Eileen Donan Castle, one of the most famous castles in Scotland

Editor’s Note: Will Garrett and his father, Edward, sailed on the Scottish Highlander luxury barge operated by European Waterways earlier this month. Will filed daily reports published throughout the barge cruise. His father’s review of the trip appears here. DAY 6: Fort Augustus We were to leave for Eilean Donan Castle by 9 a.m., which is one of the most famous castles in Scotland and has been showcased in a multitude of films. We left the barge …

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Our final day on the Scottish Highlander finishes with an elegant Captain’s Dinner

Editors Note: Twenty-six-year old-Will Garrett and his father Edward sailed on the Scottish Highlander luxury barge operated by European Waterways earlier this month. Will filed a daily report and these are being published throughout this week. His father’s review of the trip appears here. DAYS 8-9: Gairlochy to Banavie This morning we visited the battlefields of Glencoe, followed by a visit to the Ben Nevis distillery. This was a neat tour that delved into the secrets of …

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A trip on Loch Ness and an exploration of Urquhart Castle

DAY 5: Loch Ness /Urquhart Castle Today’s journey started off with a bacon and egg breakfast before leaving the port in Inverness (which is also called “The Gateway to Loch Ness”). We cruised the Loch for several hours and I kept an eye out for Nessie…the locals say she is very shy. Unfortunately, I was unable to get a picture of her… After docking the boat in Inverness we continued our journey with a visit to the …

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Today we took a highland hike in Scotland, then visited a war memorial and woolen shops

Editors Note: Will Garrett and his father, Edward, sailed on the Scottish Highlander luxury barge operated by European Waterways earlier this month. Will filed a daily report and these are being published throughout this week. His father’s review of the trip appears here. DAY 7: Cullochy Loch to Gairlochy This morning a group of us took a highland hill hike.  It was raining pretty hard, so we all dressed in layered rain gear to combat the elements that …

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Our first day on the Scottish Highlander includes a visit to Cawdor Castle

Editors Note: Twenty-six-year old-Will Garrett and his father Edward sailed on the Scottish Highlander luxury barge operated by European Waterways earlier this month. Will filed a daily report and these will be published this week. DAY 4: Traveling to Inverness/Dochgarroch Today started off rather early. This morning, we took the train into Inverness. It took us 3-1/2 hours by train to reach the town where we would meet our barge, the Scottish Highlander, for our cruise down …

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