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Food Travel – Mastering the Art of French Eating on a Barge Cruise

Food Travel for Pros French Cooking on a Barge Cruise Are you a foodie? I am too. Some of my food travel vacations are based solely on the iconic foods and drinks that I can find in a certain country or region. For some people, food is simply a way to put energy into their …

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Boating in France – Ultimate Guide, Tips, and Experiences

Boating in France – Ultimate Guide, Tips, and Experiences to plan the perfect Boating Holidays in France Boating in France – How we got started A number of people have asked us how we came to be boating on the canals and rivers of Europe. Here is the short version: In 1970 we visited Amsterdam.  …

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Paris Hotels with Views of the Eiffel Tower

Best Paris Hotels with Views of the Eiffel Tower Famous French writer Guy de Maupassant ate lunch at the Eiffel Tower’s restaurant each day for years during the late 1800’s—not because of its beauty, but because it was the only place in Paris where he could enjoy his meal without looking at the tower. For many years, …

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Exploring the Tastiest UNESCO Site in the World: Champagne Region in France

Champagne Region in France – The Tastiest UNESCO Site in the World The Champagne region in France is arguably one of the best-tasting UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Europe. In July, I was invited by European Waterways on board the Panache, a barge cruise on the Marne river and canal, right through the heart of the …

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Barge Cruises in France – The Perfect Luxury Vacation

Luxury Barge Cruises in France Have you been thinking about exploring Europe by ship and are you looking for a luxurious experience that you will never forget? Then I have something for you: How about barge cruises in France? I was recently invited by European Waterways to join them on a barge cruise in the …

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Rochefort France – A Maritime Town With a Lot of History and Charm

Rochefort France – More Than a Picture-Perfect Town It never fails to surprise me, that an apparently sleepy, provincial town like Rochefort France with only approx. 26.000 inhabitants can harbor such a great variety of history, monuments, art and even eccentricity. From the surrender of Napoleon in 1815 to launching ships and being the hometown …

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Sailboat Charter vs. Mediterranean Cruise: Which one is right for you?

Sailboat Charter vs. Mediterranean Cruise: Which one is right for you? Are you thinking about exploring Europe on a Mediterranean cruise? Cruising is a great way to get a taste of Europe, but if you want a more intimate trip, a Sailboat charter might be a better option for you. I recently went on a Sailboat …

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Villefranche-sur-Mer: Combat Naval Fleuri

Villefranche-sur-Mer and its famous Combat Naval Fleuri (Naval Battle of the Flowers) “Bad start, good finish.” This little piece of wisdom eluded me when my husband and I arrived in Nice on March 3, 2014. All I could think of was that we’d just spent the better part of a day flying from wintry, rainy Portland, …

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