New look hotel barge and hire boat detail pages

These past few months we’ve been beavering away behind the scenes to bring you fresh new look hotel content, extra navigation pages and heaps of new waterway and self-drive downloads. When you’re browsing through the boats and barges to find your holiday boat or hotel barge, or the best route…

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Beaujolais Nouveau – a classic or a bygone wine?

One minute after the strike of midnight on the third Thursday of November every year something unique to France happens in Burgundy. The year’s recently harvested Beaujolais Nouveau is released for sale. So on Thursday 17 November 2016 the residents of Beaujeu, Beaujolais’s regional capital, will drink this year’s wine…

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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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Top tips for a family friendly holiday in Anjou

For a combination of tranquility and adrenalin, boating holidays in Anjou are perfectly family friendly. A former county, duchy and province, it has a rich and colourful history. You’ll find that reflected in its impressive examples of medieval, Roman and renaissance architecture throughout its towns and villages. What’s more, this region…

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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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The 5 iconic Paris sights you can see best from the River Seine

Every year millions of tourists flock to Paris drawn to the city’s world famous monuments, but this popularity inevitably leads to big crowds of people all trying to see the same thing at the same time. The city is so popular that even in low season it can be difficult…

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Top 10 blogs about France (in English)

If you’re looking for know-how on France you’re spoilt for choice. For a first hand perspective though, you’ll generally find sites blogging about France as the most insightful. But there are plenty and covering myriad topics too. From French wine to top tips for a holiday in Paris, discovering hidden…

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How the rivers and canals of France inspired an arts movement

The French waterways are known for their tranquility and lovely scenery, and these attributes have unsurprisingly inspired artists for centuries. In fact, some of the world’s most famous paintings feature rivers and canals in France. There’s something about the reflections in the water, the sunlight dappling on the ripples and…

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7 must-visit Beaune wine cellars

The Côte de Beaune ranks among the best wine areas in Burgundy. And not surprisingly the lovely town of Beaune is home to some fine wine cellars. Visiting a wine vault in the town is one of the top attractions in Beaune. So we’ve pulled together what we believe to…

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