9 must visit Christmas markets in France

Christmas markets mean the festive season is unquestionably creeping up on us. Buying gifts at Christmas markets ensures you’ll give handcrafted, artisan items with the personal touch. Christmas markets are a firm favourite for many. And as far as we’re concerned there is a festive market for everyone. Whether you plan on…

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Events in September – 11 must-do’s in France

France starts autumn in cultural style with a month of events Celebrating the very best of French history, culture, cuisine and sport, plus a splash here and there of international culture, too. From gardens to film, mussels to marathon, you won’t be stuck for something to do. Question is, where…

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Events in August – 14 must-do’s in France

Live like a local when you’re in France this summer and wend your way to one or more of these fabulous cultural events 1. Normandy Impressionist Festival Where: various venues around Normandy When: throughout August until 26 September As the birthplace of some of the founders of Impressionism, Normandy is more…

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Behind the scenes of Euro2016

As La Rochefoucauld quote says on the official UEFA Euro2016 site, “everything happens in France” and that was certainly true during the month-long tournament. European footie fans cheered their hearts out, shed tears of frustration and discovered that small countries can play big football. But what went on beyond the…

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10 of the best spring events in Burgundy

Spring in Burgundy is one of the most colourful times of year. From the bright yellow rapeseed* fields to the delicate pink blossom on the cherry trees, and the burgeoning green-leaf growth of the famous vineyards, the entire region springs into colour as the days grow longer and the weather…

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The Dusseldorf Boat Show, January 2016

‘Boot’, the Dusseldorf Boat Show, the biggest in Europe if not the world. 17 huge exhibition halls and 1,800 exhibitors. Gigantic! We were there for two full days. We attended with our close colleagues David Edwards-May and Jenny Ruff, from waterway consultants and specialist publishers, Transmanche. Together, we manned the Inland Waterways…

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New World War 1 Commemorative Cruises

There are a number of hotel barge cruises now being offered to commemorate the outbreak of the Great War 100 years ago. The Canal du Nord and the Canal de la Somme – traversing the lands that saw appalling fighting conditions and devastating loss of life – will be the…

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Barges at Henley

There’ll be a great opportunity to examine some fine live-aboard barges at Henley-on-Thames (the world ‘home of rowing’) on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September. Piper Boats have invited fourteen satisfied customers to bring their craft along for inspection and to talk to interested visitors about their experience. Barges (and…

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Tour de France 2013

No, not that Tour! – this is the recent french-waterways.com 30 day, 4,500 km (2,800 mile) circuit of France, visiting waterways, places and people – by car. Having first ‘landed’ in inland France in 2003 and with thousands of kilometres of French river and canal travel in our own boat…

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World Canals Conference – Toulouse

The 26th World Canals Conference (WCC) convened by Inland Waterways International will take place in Toulouse from 16th-19th September 2013. France’s ‘Ville Rose’ is pulling out all the stops to make the event even more memorable than previous conferences of which the most recent were Yangzhou, China in 2012 and…

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Fete des Plaisanciers Boating Parties

On Friday 31st May there will be some special events to celebrate ‘Plaisanciers’ – pleasure boaters. On the Midi, at Portiragnes (just west of Agde) there’s a special discount offer on hiring a small electric day boat – 5 or 7 seats – to explore and enjoy. Music, dancing, a…

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