cruise vacations on the French hotel barge EMMA, cruising the
Canal du Midi, Provence and Camargue in the South of France
French Hotel Barge EMMA
Canal du Midi, South of France
CUISINE: Food & Drink
When you start to plan a holiday
in France, food plays a big part of it. It is no wonder that France is
the gastronomic center of the world as the cuisine is so regional and
The Mediterranean diet is renowned for being the healthiest, but you
don't have to sacrifice flavor for health as you will find out aboard
Emma. All dietary requirements can be catered for and as Liz tells her
guests on the first day, "if there is something that you would really
like to try, let me know and I will do my best."
Liz loves sharing recipes and ideas with her guests and her kitchen is
always open. Her philosophy is to obtain the best of locally produced
ingredients fresh from the market and then to cook them with flair and
imagination so that the flavor will live up to the presentation. Liz
says, "We are so lucky living in the Midi that we have easy access to
fresh fruit and vegetables all year round. We have a selection of fish,
meats, charcuterie second to none. During your week aboard you will be
treated to the best. You can have your cake and eat it!"
Breakfast is waking up to the smell of coffee, warm croissants and pastries, fresh baguette, fresh fruit, yoghurts, cereals, juice, homemade jam, and having the time to sit and enjoy it all and listen to the birds.
Lunch is a mouthwatering display of colorful salads, pâtés, quiches, tarts, cheeses, homemade pickles and preserves and all washed down with a few bottles of nicely chilled rosé: wine from the vineyard you have just cruised through.
Dinner is served with beautiful table settings and fine crockery, all in a festive setting. Wine pairings feature a red and a white from area vineyards, along with a cheese platter of artisanal favorites.
It's not how far nor how fast, it's the pleasure of the journey that keeps people coming back for more.
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