Discover the Taste of Chablis Wine on Northern Burgundy Canal Cruises

November 30th, 2014

Nestled in Northern Burgundy’s Valley of the River Serein (the French word for “serene”) is the town of Chablis, a favorite excursion on French canal cruises. It is part of France’s Yonne Department and is known for its monastic history and viticulture. Legend has it that the monks of the Abbey of Pontigny, a Cistercian monastery on one of the pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela, were the first inhabitants to make a conscientious effort to grow grapes for wine making. The abbey is the largest standing abbey of its kind in Europe and celebrated its 900th birthday in 2014.

The wine town and vineyards of Chablis

The wine town of Chablis nestled in the vineyards

The origin of Chablis wine

The Chardonnay grapes planted on the abbey’s pastoral grounds are well suited to the micro-climate and soil of the Chablis wine region. They thrived and soon the monk’s highly acidic, flinty wines were quite popular with the local populations. Consequently, centuries later, Chablis wines produced in the area now hold four appellation d’origine controlee (AOC) designations.

PIcking grapes in Chablis. Photo by Barge Randle

Grapes are mostly picked by hand in Chablis

The Chablis, Grand Cru, Petit Chablis and Premier Cru appellations

Wine tasting in Chablis

A private wine tasting is included on all Northern Burgundy barge cruises

Interestingly enough, each appellation has its own levels of classification as well. They are traditionally based on two key factors. The first factor has to do with the soil composition and the second focuses on the slope where the grapevines are located. Passions run high as to which one is best and whether one should consume a bottle of Chablis from a vineyard that’s rife with Kimmeridgean soil and located close to the mouth of the Yonne River or one that’s tucked away in the outlying areas, where Portlandian soil is prominent. Personally, we think that most travelers aboard French canal cruises will find something nice to say about them all.

Barges such as the ultra-deluxe C’est La Vie, the deluxe La Belle Epoque and the first class Elisabeth include visits to Chablis and the surrounding vineyards.

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A votre sante,

Beth Hanson
Barge Cruise Specialist since 1988


Happy Client’s Barge Cruise Review on Luciole

November 25th, 2014
Gail and Nancy sipping wine on Luciole's deck

Gail and Nancy sipping wine on Luciole’s deck

“The whole trip on the barge Luciole was wonderful, and we were blessed with beautiful weather.

We were met in Paris – how convenient!

Anna met us with the van at the Hotel Mansart at the appointed hour and we left for Clamecy, stopping on the way to pick up a family of 3 in Auxerre. There were 11 passengers total, a wonderful mix of people, all well-traveled and all Americans, except for the couple and their older daughter from Australia. Too bad I didn’t get to practice my not-very-good French, but we did that in Paris. As it turns out, the owner, John Liley, was on board for a few days – he said he liked to captain the boat, and also give Francisco, the captain, a break. It was great to meet him and learn a little about the history of the Luciole and barging in France in general.

“I can’t say enough about the crew.”

Captain Francisco is friendly and engaging, Anna is a charming and knowledgeable tour guide, George and Susie, our hosts, are fun loving and always there to help, Mark is an amazing chef and Tom, the matelot (deck hand) is very cute and friendly. I miss them all. Mark prepared wonderful meals – everything was delicious and beautifully presented. I’m slowly withdrawing from enjoying all the wines and cheeses we had. It was an added bonus to learn a little bit about all the food and wine we were served. The set-up is nice – buffet breakfast and lunch, with passengers seated at 3 individual tables, and dinner all together at one long table. Susie always did something intricate folding the napkins :). The Captain’s dinner, with Francisco and Anna, on our last night was wonderful.

“The Nivernais Canal is lovely.”

Luciole on the Nivernais Canal in Northern Burgundy

Luciole on the Nivernais Canal in Northern Burgundy

We enjoyed walking along the path and meeting some of the lock tenders. (I got to steer the barge! It’s hard work!) The flowers were still beautiful, though the sunflower fields (there are so many!) were about done. The days flowed smoothly, with time to enjoy visiting/reading/just relaxing on the sun deck, walking the paths by the side of the barge, the leisurely meals and the interesting tours at all our afternoon/overnight stops.

“The accommodations are well thought out.”

“The beds and linens are very comfortable. The space is very well organized and my friend Gail and I had room for all our things. The bathroom, though small, was clean with plenty of big towels and nice amenities. The cabins and bathrooms were cleaned and made up every morning. One of the couples experienced plumbing problems with their bathroom, and John and the whole crew worked hard to repair it, without disrupting the rest of the passengers’ enjoyment. The couple were temporarily moved to another cabin. That was the only glitch in the trip (that I know of, at least.)

New Friends and Memories

Luciole in Auxerre

Luciole in Auxerre where the Nivernais Canal joins the Yonne River

“The passengers all exchanged email addresses at the end of the trip, and one of them has already shared some pictures. Gail and I ended this memorable vacation with 4 days in Paris. We both agree this was a nice way to finish the trip and “come down” from our Luciole experience.

“Thank you, Beth, for recommending this wonderful experience and for all your help and guidance in planning and organizing it. I am having fun sharing all this with friends and family, and will happily recommend any interested friends to contact you. Now it is time to get back to the “real world.”

Best wishes,
Nancy W – August 2014

Beth’s note: Thank you, Nancy, for taking the time to share your experience on board Luciole. We wish you and Gail many more happy travels with lovely people and special memories.

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Celebrate Champagne’s Sparkling Wine and History on Barge Trips in France

October 24th, 2014

Barge trips in Champagne celebrate the only sparkling wine that can officially be called Champagne, as it was here that Champagne was born. The 514 kilometer long River Marne passes right though this wine growing region rich with history and refined culture.

The Village of Hautvillers

Wrought iron signs grace the buildings in HautvillersThe village of Hautvillers is a well loved excursion on Champagne barge cruises. Long considered by many to be the birthplace of Champagne, the village of Hautvillers is a centuries old site perched high on a hill with expansive views of the Marne Valley and vineyards. Many of the houses and buildings have wrought iron signs depicting the profession or activity of its inhabitants. It is a photographer’s dream to wander the streets and alleys to capture artistic photos.


The Abbey d’Hautvillers

The restored Abbey d’ Hautvillers dates back to 650 and includes a church, circa 1600s arcade entrance, gardens and two tombs. The church, affectionately known as Saint Sindulphe, boasts a great deal of handcrafted, artistic detailing and historical items. Among them is a 17th century gallery pipe organ that includes a trio of keyboards and more than 400 pipes. There are also outdoor sculptures onsite too but that’s not what draws foodies to this site.

The restored Abbey d'Hautvillers
At one time, it was home to Dom Perignon, the monk who gave the world its first taste of what would go on to be  one of the most beloved champagnes. He was born in the 1600s to family with strong ties to Champagne’s viticulture and died during the fall of 1715. Thus, it should come as no surprise that he had so much to contribute towards the perfection of both 18th century wine and champagne making techniques.

The abbey and gardens are private and can be visited by invitation only. The church is always open to the public.

Moet & Chandon Champagne House

Dom Perignon champagne is owned by Moet and Chandon in EpernayThe 270 year old house of Moet & Chandon located in Epernay now owns the Abbey d’Hautvillers. It is a perfect place to stop before or after a trip to the famed abbey. Barge passengers are typically invited to sample champagne flights and explore the site’s 28-kilometer long cellars with a guide. During the guided tour, you will learn about the adult beverage’s connection to the infamous Marquise de Pompadour, Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and the brand’s founders.

To find out more about the barges which cruise the Champagne region such as C’est la Vie and La Nouvelle Etoile, please contact us today.

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When is the best time to book a barge cruise in France?

October 8th, 2014
Planning ahead for your barge cruise

Planning is part of the fun!

This is one of the most important questions about barge cruising. Oftentimes, people think they have plenty of time only to discover that their preferred dates and barges are already booked. This is especially true of September which is the most popular month for barging because of the mild weather, fewer young families and students traveling, and wine harvests in full swing. It is typical for the popular charter barges to be booked over a year in advance. Also, barge cruise vacations are very popular with baby boomers and retirees who love to travel and have the means. They plan ahead to experience everything they can on their bucket list.

Here is what I suggest for getting the best selection of barges and schedules, especially if you want to charter the entire barge. Cabin bookings are a bit more flexible.

  • If possible, put it on your radar one and a half years before you want to go. Check in with your favorite barge cruise specialist (like me!) to see if prices, itineraries and availabilities have been announced for the time you want to travel.
  • Oftentimes, you can book at the current year’s prices for the following year if you book in spring or early summer of the year before. It’s a win-win. You get current prices and have a good selection of barges and times available.
  • Booking one or two cabins on a hotel barge with other passengers on board is a bit more flexible, especially if your schedule is flexible.
  • Again, if you want to cruise in September, it is important to think ahead and book as early as possible, ideally 9-12 months prior to departure.
  • As with charter bookings, it is very typical to book at this year’s prices for next year if you book in the spring or early summer of the year before traveling.

To review, as soon as you know you would like to go on a barge cruise, contact your barge cruise specialist to talk about your plans and help you select and book the right barge cruise for you.

It’s worth planning ahead to experience the “vacation of a lifetime” as many of our clients say when they return.

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Sample Autumn’s Bounty on French Canal Cruises

October 2nd, 2014

Autumn with its clear blue skies and cool nights is a splendid time to visit France. Our September and early October French canal cruises book quickly, and there’s a reason for this. Here are some of the seasonal delights you can experience when you book one of our autumn cruises.

Nivernais Canal in Burgundy

Colors changing on the beautiful Nivernais Canal in Burgundy

Amazing farmers’ markets

While local produce is available year-round at these markets, many of which have been happening in the same place for hundreds of years, unsurprisingly autumn is the best time for abundant produce. Whether you wish to sample freshly roasted chestnuts and mushrooms or photograph a pheasant—still dressed in its colorful plumage—the farmer’s markets are a feast for all the senses. All our barge cruises include side trips, whether into tiny medieval villages or large modern town, most of which have a farmer’s market to enjoy.

Mushrooms at a French market

Mushrooms are delectable in Burgundy and France

Fresh seasonal cheeses

There are many French fromages which are newly available in the fall. For example, the new season for the oozing Vacherin or Mont d’Or begins in September, and fresh goat cheeses are at their peak in September and October.

Cheese stores abound in France

Cheeses are served with lunch and dinner on French canal cruises

Tarte tatin and other apple delights

Apples are the quintessential fall fruit, and the French know how to take advantage of them. Whether you indulge in the caramelized flavors of tarte tatin, an upside-down apple pie, a rustic apple cake infused with rum or calvados, or the sculptural masterpiece called Tarte de Pommes a la Normande, the French know how to coax every bit of flavor from fresh autumn apples.

Tarte tatin

Tarte tatin, a yummy upside down apple pie. Photo by Robyn Lee on Flickr.

Seasonal chocolates

One of the joys of wandering through French towns is discovering the local chocolatier, who will be crafting gorgeous and scrumptious fall chocolates in the shapes of acorns, leaves, mushrooms and other iconic autumn images.

Chocolate dessert on barge Luciole

Luscious chocolate desserts by barge Luciole in Burgundy

So if you’re ready to savor France at its’ gastronomic peak, contact us today to plan ahead and reserve your spot for the most popular time for barge cruising!

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Explore the Hospices de Beaune on a French Canal Cruise

July 8th, 2014

Europe is full of buildings steeped in history, and France is no exception. The spectacular wine country of Burgundy is home to the world’s most famous charity wine sale, which takes place each November in the Hospices de Beaune. When you come along on one of our southern Burgundy French canal cruises such as Apres Tout, you have the opportunity to visit this famous site and savor the delicious wines of the region.

History of the Hospices

Also called the Hotel-Dieu, the oldest of this extraordinary collection of buildings dates back to 1443, when Duke Philip the Good built a hospital and refuge for the people of Beaune, who were suffering from famine and marauders in the wake of the Hundred Years War. For over five hundred years, this “charity almshouse” has welcomed and treated anyone who came through their doors. Today that first building, with its beautiful tile roof, is a spectacular museum, and modern patients are treated in newer facilities.

Hospices de Beaune, France

Hospices de Beaune, France (Photo courtesy of Hospice du Beaune)

The Hotel-Dieu museum provides an unusual window into healthcare in the 1400s. Patients were housed in a large room like a dormitory, and typically slept two to a bed. The chapel was located nearby, as spiritual care was considered just as important as the primitive medical care available at the time. In fact, visitors can see an amazing 15-panel oak polyptych of The Last Judgment that was commissioned for the chapel by a Flemish artist, Rogier van der Weyden.

Hospices de Beaune polyptych of The Last Judgment

Polyptych of The Last Judgment, Hospice de Beaune, France

The goal of this artwork was to both comfort the patients and warn them of the importance of getting their spiritual lives in order in case they didn’t survive the medical treatment. The museum also hosts treasures such as a medieval automatic rotisserie in the kitchen and a pharmacy stocked with the pewter and pottery vessels used for compounding prescriptions.

Wines of the Hospices

You might ask how the Hospices de Beaune can afford to give away all this free care. Well, over the centuries, Hospices de Beaune has received donations of everything from farms and woodlands to works of art from generous benefactors and grateful families. They have also received a number of vineyards, and it is the sale of the wine produced in those vineyards that has made the charity auction so famous. In addition to the wine auction itself, which is held on the third Sunday of November, there are a number of concerts, gala dinners, and wine tastings which take place during this time.

Hospices de Beaune wine cave

Wine cave of the Hospices de Beaune, France (Photo courtesy of Hospice de Beaune)

If you are intrigued by this type of history, or the chance to sample wines from the region, contact us today to reserve your stateroom on one of our Southern Burgundy barges.

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Wine Lovers Taste the Flavors of France on Canal Cruises

May 29th, 2014

There are many reasons to go to France: stunning landscapes, splendid architecture, a rich history and culture, and unparalleled cuisine. Then, there is the wine. If you’re headed to France as an oenophile, eager to try a variety of wines, consider French canal cruises as a means not only of showing you different sides of the country but also of immersing you in the wine culture of any given region.

Wine Regions of France

Burgundy.  Probably the most well known wines of this area are the legendary red Burgundy (Pinot Noir) and the white Burgundy (Chardonnay) wines found in the Cote d’Or region near Beaune. Other wines not to be missed are from Beaujolais and Chablis. Beaujolais is made from the Gamay Noir grape and is featured in a traditional dessert of the region where sliced wild peaches and black currants are doused in the wine. Chablis, made exclusively from Chardonnay grapes, goes well with poultry and seafood dishes. Barge cruises in Southern Burgundy

Cote d'Or vineyard, Burgundy, France

Vineyards in the Cote d’Or wine region of Burgundy, France

Bordeaux. The most westerly wine region in France is known mainly for its red wines from the Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes. From strong tannin content to more mellow fruit flavor, these wines are great accompaniments with any kind of meal. And don’t forget to try some of the world’s best sweet dessert wines, the Sauternes, that are also produced here. Uniworld river cruises in Bordeaux.

Champagne. The only sparkling wine that can officially be called Champagne is mostly from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes with a little Pinot Meunier to round out the flavors. As you float past the rich vineyards, the gently rolling hills dotted with old stone churches, raise a glass of real Champagne to celebrate your ongoing discovery of France. Barge cruises in Champagne.

Alsace. As you enjoy the potent mix of French and German cultures in this region, be sure to drink some Riesling, a dry white wine that goes well with a wide variety of foods. The 7 varieties of Alsatian grapes are white, comprised of the Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Riesling varietals, all dry wines versus their German counterparts. They go well with seafood dishes, salads and are great for sipping on the deck of your canal barge. Barge cruises in Alsace.

Barge cruises in Champagne, France

Underground cellars, Champagne region of France (Courtesy of Barge Panache)

Upper Loire. In this playground of monarchs, studded with magnificent chateaux, you’ll find the world class wines of Sancerre, Vouvray, Pouilly-Fume, made from the Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadet and Chenin Blanc grapes. Many of these wines go well with goat cheese, and you’ll enhance your understanding of what wines pair well with different foods, whether it’s grilled fish or veal with morels. Barge cruises in the Upper Loire.

Provence and Rhone Valley. Nestled in the southeastern area of France, the valley along the Rhone River grows primarily the Grenache, Syrah and Viognier grapes. The wines have a vast range of taste, and are usually much less expensive to purchase. This variety provides plenty of food pairing options to your meals. One of the most renowned appellations, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, is found in the southern part of the Rhône Valley near Avignon and is visited on your Provence barge cruise. Barge cruises in Provence.

Barge cruises in Cotes du Rhone, France

The Cotes du Rhone, France

Along with parts of Provence, Languedoc is the oldest wine region in France dating back to the 5th century B.C. It is also the largest wine region in the world and produces more than a third of France’s wine. Numerous grape varieties are grown in Languedoc where interesting blends and boutique wineries continue to improve the quality of what was once a region known for table wine. Vin du Pays d’Oc, Blanquette de Limoux and the sweet aperitif wine, Muscat, are just some of wines to be discovered. The Canal du Midi meanders through the beautiful vineyards of Languedoc immersing passengers in local wine culture. Barge cruises on the Canal du Midi.

Described here is just a taste of what you’ll experience when you travel through France by barge. You will be traveling at a leisurely pace through the countryside itself, stopping at small villages and vineyards to enjoy firsthand the best products of each region you visit.

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Enjoy the Green Beauty of Ireland on a River Barge Cruise

April 24th, 2014

Did you know that May and June are the sunniest months in Ireland? Those months would be a great time to explore Ireland by taking one of our river barge cruises on the Lower Shannon River.

Experiencing the Beauty of Ireland on a Barge Cruise

Shannon Princess in Ireland

Shannon Princess cruises the Shannon River in Ireland

Why cruise the Shannon River in Ireland aboard our grand hotel barge? In addition to the luxurious dining and accommodations, there is all the beauty of Ireland to explore. From ancient archaeological sites to modern, bustling towns, you will experience the stunning scenery of Irish islands, lochs, and green countryside from the comfort of your floating hotel. Binoculars are available so you can enjoy the flora and fauna along the lush “Callow” landscape, rich with wildlife, through which you will be passing. With daily excursions in a comfortable coach, you will take a private tour of haunted Leap Castle with its eccentric owner, enjoy a Guinness and oyster lunch, and explore the Clonmacnoise sixth century monastic ruins. Other tour highlights include Birr Castle with its landscaped gardens, shopping for local crafts and gifts, and experiencing the Craggaunowen Iron Age Life Re-Creation Project.

6th century Clonmacnoise ruins in Ireland

Clonmacnoise 6th century monastic ruins

Why cruise on the barge Shannon Princess? In addition to a full-length upper sundeck, the Shannon Princess has a spacious open salon and dining room with panoramic views out its large observation windows. Meals are crafted by the Ballmaloe School trained master chef, with highlights such as roast shoulder of lamb and black velvet crepes. All meals, including wines, local cheeses, and other delicacies, are included in the price. Carpeted throughout, the Shannon Princess accommodates up to ten passengers in spacious cabins with ensuite bathrooms and newly tiled large showers. The cabins also have picture windows and individual heat controls for those inevitable cloudy days. Bicycles are available upon request.

Interested in golf, walking tours, artisan visits or family cruises? Shannon Princess is happy to customize a cruise for your charter group with special interests.

Are you ready to experience Ireland at its finest? Contact us today to learn more about cruising on a deluxe river barge along the Shannon River.

We’re ready to help when you’re ready to go barging. Happy travels,

Beth Hanson
Barge Cruise Specialist since 1988


France During Easter: Six Traditions to Enjoy

April 20th, 2014

If you go barge cruising in France during Easter (called Pâques in French), you may experience some of the country’s unique Easter traditions.  Along with Christmas, Easter is a major holiday for many French people, who imbue it with their own customs and festivities.  What are you likely to encounter when visiting France during Easter time?

Take part in French Easter traditions

Easter in France and Europe during a barge vacation

Chocolate Easter eggs originated in Europe back in the 16th century

1) Church bells bearing chocolates from Rome. Typically from Maundy Thursday (the Thursday before Easter) to Easter morning, church bells are silent in France.  The fanciful explanation given is that the bells have departed from each steeple and have gone to Rome. When they return on Easter morning, they’ll bring chocolates with them and drop them around for children to find. Then they’ll start ringing again.

2) Easter processions.  Many towns will have processions in the week leading up to Easter Day. These processions may take place by torchlight. They often involve singing and dancing in costume or church garb. In some places, particularly Alsace, you may also see passion plays.

3) Raw egg games.  People, usually children, will toss raw eggs in the air and try to catch them without letting them break. In another version, eggs are rolled down a hill or a slope, and the winners are the ones whose eggs don’t break. These games can be played to earn more chocolate and other candies.

4) Easter feasting.  On Easter Day, the main meal usually has lamb and lots of fresh vegetables; dishes that make heavy use of eggs, such as omelets or quiches, are also popular. A rich, cake-like bread (called La Gâche de Pâques) is also served. Being France, the sweet foods of the season can’t be missed. These include Easter chocolates, formed as eggs or other shapes; the fine chocolatiers around the country will craft eggs that look like works of art. If you love chocolate, Easter in France will expose you to irresistible selections.

5) Celebration of the Giant Omelette.  On Easter Monday, omelets are especially popular fare, and one town – Bessières, in Southern France – is famous for its tradition of making an enormous omelet publicly in a giant pan; the omelet is then handed out to townspeople. Known as La Fête de l’Omelette Géante, this tradition has also been replicated in some other places.

6) Easter decorations.  Decorations are popular in France, most notably in Alsace.  Flowers, painted eggs, and figurines displayed in windows are common.  Children may also construct nests to lay out in their gardens in the hopes that they will be filled with chocolate eggs.

France is gorgeous in the springtime, and if you come during Easter (which in 2014 falls on April 20th), you’ll get to experience an extra-festive atmosphere.

Happy Easter!

Beth Hanson
Barge Cruise Specialist since 1988


Bike and Barge Cruises in the Upper Loire

March 25th, 2014

Do you hear the word “cruise” and imagine endless buffets, infinite vistas of ocean water, and wonder if there are more exciting ways to spend a vacation? Are you the type that needs to be active in order to feel alive? If so, then you don’t need to avoid a cruise—you just need to find the right kind of cruise. With the most active of our barge theme cruises, you have the chance to explore the French countryside from the seat of a bicycle, and enjoy as much activity as you desire.

Experience France with bike and barge vacations

Barge Meanderer Bike and Barge Cruise for FamiliesMeanderer Bike and Barge Cruises for Avid BikersOn barge Meanderer, Captain George, an avid biker, has designed a series of biking options for each full day of your cruise.

If you are also an avid, conditioned biker, he has created 55-85+ mile tours of medium elevation through a succession of scenic towns scattered across the French countryside. If you’re a weekend biking enthusiast, he has a lighter-elevation set of tours which cover 25-45 miles per day and also take you through picturesque villages adjacent to the Briare Canal. Casual biking along the canal and through small villages is also available.

Sightseeing options for passengers of varied interests

Barge Meanderer on Briare Canal Aqueduct, Upper Loire

The Briare Canal Aqueduct designed by Gustave Eiffel

One of the great things about combining biking and barging is that you might want to travel with someone who likes time to relax as well as be active. Meanderer takes this into account as well, providing easier biking options along the canal itself for those who want to get off the boat in a more leisurely way. Biking and/or sightseeing – the choice is yours. There are daily tours of fascinating sites, such as the beautiful palace of Fontainebleau, home to generations of French royalty.

Visit Chateau de Fontainebleau with Barge Meanderer

Chateau de Fontainebleau, home of French kings and Napoleon

Or enjoy the ever-changing French countryside, like the 7 locks at Rogny. Built in the late 16th Century, these seven locks (now inactive) are at the point of division of waters between the Loire and the Seine. It is the first work of this type built in France and now classified as an “Historic Monument”.

Seven locks of Rogny on the Briare Canal

The 7 ancient locks of Rogny

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, whether biking or relaxing on the elegant teak deck of your barging home-away-from-home, you will find the opportunity to sip a glass of French wine and dine on gourmet meals freshly-prepared with local ingredients to be the perfect ending for an active day of biking and cruising.

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Beth Hanson
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