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European Waterways - The Lock-Keeper Issue 75


New 2015 Brochurenewbrochure

Our new brochure has just been released and mailed out. This time, as well as giving all the usual details about our hotel barges, cruise regions and itineraries, the brochure gives more of an insight into the characteristics of our cruise destinations, such as the Cathar history of the Midi, the rolling hills and storybook villages of Alsace, or the Renaissance architecture of Venetian Italy.
There is also more about the whole 'hotel barging experience' and how different it is from other types of cruising, plus a feature on many of the unique, out of the way excursions we offer such as private castles and stately homes, distilleries and even film locations
You should receive your copy within the next ten days, but if not, please call us or complete the Brochure Request Form.


Cruises for History Buffshistory

World War One Commemorative Cruises

As we all know, 2014 marked 100 years since the outbreak of World War One and we commemorated it with a cruise through Picardy in Northern France aboard Panache. It was a great success, so we are offering some more Commemorative cruises next April aboard another 12-passenger hotel barge, La Belle Epoque.
The cruises will be along the Canal du Nord and the Canal de la Somme. Both these waterways were the at the centre of battles during the War and there will be excursions to sites in Flanders, such as the Menin Gate in Ypres for the moving Last Post ceremony, the battlefields and museums of the Somme, and the forest clearing at Compiegne where the Armistice was signed.
Two cruises will follow the Canal de la Somme, starting or finishing near Villers Bretonneux on the weekend of the ANZAC Day Dawn Service, an event of deep significance to Australians and New Zealanders.
These fascinating cruises right through the heart of the battlefields along waterways not accessible to other larger river cruise vessels are sure to be popular. Click hereto find out more.


800 Years of Magna Cartamagna

And if 100 years since World War One is too soon for you, how about a cruise next June along the Royal River Thames to coincide with the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta by King John on June 15, 2015? Our hotel barge of the same name will cruise right past the site of the signing at Runnymede and the itinerary will include a very special excursion to Salisbury Cathedral to see the world's best-preserved original copy of the famous charter. Click here for more details


The Wright Choicewright

A few weeks ago Emma Wright (Now Emma Dyson) our Sales and Reservations Coordinator tied the knot in France.  After hearing all the wonderful feedback from our clients about the beautiful scenery and delicious wines and cheeses, France was the only country on the shortlist.
The venue was Chateau Monfreville in Calvados, Normandy.  The chateau was commissioned almost a thousand years ago by William the Conqueror and was once home to Walt Disney's family and then later occupied by German soldiers during WW2. The chateau is steeped in history and central to the D-Day Landing Beaches. The ceremony took place on September 6th 2014, presided over by the Major of Monfreville, 84 yrs old Michel Dessoude! 
"Our rustic wedding included lots of French traditions, Normandy cheeses, plenty of Calvados and Pommeau from the local apple orchards and we carried on in true French wedding style until the early hours"

"JOhn and I both have had a love for France since our early childhood, enjoying family holidays and camping trips in the Loire Valley and Bordeaux regions. Working for European Waterways has given me the opportunity to experience life on board our hotel barges cruising along some of the most picturesque canals and waterways France has to offer. We are both looking forward to going back to France again next year as Mr and Mrs!"
John Dyson grew up in the North East of England, close to the fishing town of Grimsby. He works as a TV producer for an international sports company in London.



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The Canal du Midi Revisited

Andy Alpine and his wife Judith enjoyed a self-drive boating holiday on the Canal du Midi many years ago
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