L’Impressioniste: Off to Dijon

ABOARD THE L’IMPRESSIONISTE — Today we are off to Dijon. Yesterday was our first full day. We heard the engines for the first time at 9 a.m. and headed onto the canal. Some guests rode bikes along the towpaths, others walked leisurely, one man rode a bike then stopped and sketched the surrounding (and lovely, one might even say “beautiful”) Burgundy countryside. After a delightful lunch of the regional favorite, beef bourgninon, the best ever, we piled …

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European Waterways explores regional attractions along the 300-year-old Canal du Midi – a ‘cultural cornucopia’ in Southern France

European Waterways, Europe’s largest luxury hotel barge cruising company, offers an array of cruises that immerse passengers in the cultural traditions of some of the most fascinating regions of Europe. Of these, the company’s relaxing hotel barge cruises along the historic Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, provide guests with an especially wide range of opportunities. Derek Banks, Managing Director of European Waterways said, “We have the largest number of luxury hotel barges based in …

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Arriving in Paris to board L’Impressioniste

On the train, Euro Star, enroute to Paris. Oops. No connection. Now it is the end of the day and I am all settled into my room aboard L’Impressioniste, a marvelous 12-passenger barge. I took Euro Star from London early this morning, taxied to the hotel meeting place and met a contingent of seven other passengers with whom we traveled to the barge. A traveling friend, Lois Gerber, met me and together we boarded the barge. The …

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Traveling to Europe in preparation of trip aboard European Waterways L’Impressionist

They say time flies as you get older. I suppose that is true. It seems as though it was a short time ago that I celebrated a milestone birthday and my son and daughter-in-law invited me to share a June trip to London with them as a birthday gift. Lovely gift, don’t you agree? I’m truth my birthday was six months ago. Judy, Michael and I leave today. BUSSES, PLANES AND TRAINS I came up to Orlando …

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Soon Marcia will be heading to France for a barge trip on European Waterways

About 15 years ago my late husband and I sailed on the Thames on a barge from Windsor to Oxford. It was an eight-passenger vessel, but only six were on board. Our fellow passengers were a couple of retired British military officers and a couple from Kentucky. The weather delightful and while our cabin was small, it was a great week of great vistas, great conversations (lasting ’til late at night,) and marvelous food and drink.. At …

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Exploring the French and Belgium battlefields on board hotel barge La Belle Epoque | 2015 European Waterways

European Waterways is offering a series of cruises next April taking in the French and Belgium battlefields of the First World War. Three 6-night fully inclusive cruises aboard the fully-crewed 12 passenger hotel barge La Belle Epoque are available. The departure on April 5 cruises through picturesque Picardy along the Canal du Nord from Compiegne to Lille with visits to the Somme and Flanders Fields memorial sites. The April 12 departure makes the return trip. Highlights include …

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A European Waterways luxury barge cruise is a great addition to the many popular sporting events hosted across Europe

Whether it’s catching a tennis match at the French Open, betting on the favorite in the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe horse race, or cheering on a driver at Le Mans, Europe’s large selection of annual sporting events promises to satisfy fans of every kind. For some travelers, watching one of these world famous competitions represents only one segment of their European journey, and complementing their trips with a European Waterways luxury hotel barge cruise may be …

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The Scottish Highlander offers everything from castles to distilleries in its shore excursions

Editor’s note: Edward Garrett and his 20-something son Will just returned from a week’s sailing on the Scottish Highlander luxury barge. His son is reporting on the trip from his perspective in a separate blog on this site. Third of three reports. The Scottish Highlander offers a number of rather good excursions by minibus on a daily basis hosted by the ships very charming tour guide Loren. Included on our cruise were beautiful Cawdor Castle immortalized in …

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All meals on the barge are set menu, and the chef prepares everything from memory

Editors note: Edward Garrett and his 26-year-old son Will just returned from a week’s sailing on the Scottish Highlander luxury barge. His son is reporting on the trip from his perspective in a separate blog on this site. Second of three reports Our traveling companions consisted of two well-traveled couples (one from London and the other from Sydney) who showed great consideration for other guests, an absolute necessity in such close quarters. In fact, it quickly becomes …

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An in-depth look at the Scottish Highlander luxury barge

Editors note: Edward Garrett and his 26-year-old son Will just returned from a week’s sailing on the Scottish Highlander. This is his report. His son is reporting on the trip from his perspective in a separate blog on this site. Over the past several years an emergent group of travelers have found European luxury Barge cruises a way to solve their “Been there, done that” dilemma, and few do it better than European Waterways. Established in 1974, …

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