Take the warmth of an Irish welcome, add the seductive charm of the
French, put it on a beautifully restored turn of the century
barge,cover it with a balmy Mediterranean climate and what have you
got? EMMA !! Enjoy a luxury cruise along the historic 17th
century Canal du Midi with your hosts René and Liz aboard their
Your Cruising Home on the
300-Year Old Canal du Midi
built in Belgium in 1905, Emma spent the first 60 years of her life
carrying cargo along the canals of France. Towed by mules with a little
help from the wind and occasionally the skipper and his wife.
Amazingly, her first engine was only fitted in 1970. Thirty years
afterwards, Liz and René Jacquot saw her beauty and potential, and
waved their magic wand...
century, another world later, but the same unhurried pace. Lovingly
restored and now a fully-equipped floating home accommodating up to six
guests. Why not return to another time without giving up the comforts
of modern life? Visit ancient villages and medieval castles, taste
regional wines in the vineyards, explore local markets, walk or cycle
along the towpath in the shade of ancient plane trees, or just soak up
Slipping along at a gentle pace, sipping something cool, admiring some
of the most beautiful of France's countryside and looking forward to
enjoying the very best of French regional cooking.
During the course of the week, Emma will wind her way approximately 80
kilometers along the canal which was built during the reign of Louis
XIV. You can visit ancient villages where time appears to stand still,
country chateaux where you can taste the wine grown in their own
vinyards, or shop at the local markets where you will be amazed by the
colourful displays of fresh fruit and vegetables. You can cycle along
the towpath if you are feeling energetic, or you can just relax on
board and watch the world glide by.
Every day is a different picture.
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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