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Summary of our blog posts about everything barging brought to you by Paradise Connections, your barge cruise specialists. Experience the fascinating world of boutique hotel barging and see Europe from another perspective – via an all-inclusive, luxury, crewed hotel barge cruise vacation. Enjoy!


Save on Barge Cruises for September & October 2021

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We have updated our special offers page for the remaining barges cruises of the 2021 season. If you have been dreaming about barging, perhaps now is the time. Read more...

Posted on: September 4, 2021

Do You Need To Renew Your US Passport?

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The State Department is struggling with a backlog of passport applications, just as many Americans are making plans to travel abroad. The department says mail delays, a shutdown of their online booking system, and staffing shortages are part of the problem – CBS News, July 23, 2021.

Most countries demand that you have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months when you arrive in their country. Please take this into account when booking your charter. Read more...

Posted on: August 5, 2021

NEWS: French Hotel Barge Rendez-Vous

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French Barge Rendez-Vous — Barge cruises in Southern Burgundy, France

We are excited to announce that the French Hotel Barge Rendez-Vous will be converted into a 4-passenger barge for the 2023 season, resulting in two larger guest cabins.

The high level of service, cuisine and experience will be maintained, as well as the inclusion of round-trip, chauffeured transfers between Paris and the barge. Read more...

Posted on: July 27, 2021

RECIPE: Gruyère de Comté and Poppy Seed Lollipops

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A great choice for show-stopping canapés or a wonderful homemade gift for your loved ones, these Gruyère de Comté and poppy seed lollipops are sure to be a festive favorite. Read more...

Posted on: July 26, 2021

UPDATE: Save 30% with Savoir Vivre in Burgundy, France

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UPDATE: New week open for cabin bookings, plus current availability. The French Hotel Barge Savoir Vivre, offering barge cruises the Canal du Bourgogne in southern Burgundy, now has four weeks open for the 2021 barging season. The three cabin weeks have a 30% discount while the one charter week is available at the low season rate. Read more...

Posted on: July 16, 2021

A History of Western Provence Wines

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Want to know more about Western Provence wines? This handy little guide will reveal everything you need to know. The city of Massalia, (modern day Marseille), was founded by the Phoenicians in 6th century BC. Traders from the east plied the Mediterranean and brought vines and wine to the area, planting grapes throughout the south of France. The wines produced during this period were not "red" as we think of red wine today. Grapes were pressed and processed very quickly, giving the wines a pale color. Read more...

Posted on: July 10, 2021

Meet Enchanté Chef, Sylvain Moretto

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Classically-trained French chef, Sylvain Moretto, has been the master chef aboard Enchanté for ten seasons, with an additional three seasons aboard Renaissance. Read about life as a barge chef on the tranquil Canal du Midi… Read more

Posted on: July 9, 2021


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