Sunday, 22 September 2013

8th - 14th September 2013

What a week we had, a week of sun, kilometres of cycling, and global cooperation and friendship. Our very lovely guests this week hailed from all corners of the United States, Australia and a two person contingent from the UK, .

With the beautiful weather it was only expected that a few people would cycle along the towpaths following the boat and scouting a path to that evenings destination. I was however stunned with the sheer number of Luciole cyclists and their amazing dedication to going the distance. Indeed we were without fail beaten to every lock by our passengers who would proceed to open the lock gates and close the vains and take the ropes from Tom and Francisco's hands.

Just as well that chef Mike was on hand as always to replenish everyone's energy with his wonderful cuisine, and that Izzy and Suzie were ready as ever with pot of tea or a bottle or two of something delicious.
Cruising the glorious Nivernais Canal

Monday, 9 September 2013

1st - 7th September 2013

This week we saw a great group of people from all corners of the world. Americans, English and Australians joined us in this mixed group and enjoyed a week we won't soon forget on the Luciole. Great weather was had and many laughs shared as the group got to know each other.

A special event also brought us all together from behind the lens of multiple cameras. The biannual crossing of the horses to and from their island grazing at the lock of Vaux took place. Due to the particular size and shape of the Luciole we provide the easiest and safest method for lock-keeper Olivier to transport his two magnificent horses across the lock and onto the otherwise unreachable pastures. It creates quite the spectacle and is an amazing sight as the boat rocks and wallows under the weight of all that horse.

A special mention must be made to the charming Don and lovely Kelli who were celebrating their honeymoon with us. Congratulations from all of us and here's hoping to many, many  years of happiness to the both of you.

The Luciole enters l'ecluse de Preuilly as tour guide Neil closes the lock vanes. 

Friday, 6 September 2013

25th - 31st August 2013

What a great week to start off the latter end of our barge season after crew holidays. Beautiful weather, wonderful people, fantastic food and drink, many laughs with new found friends and fond memories made by passengers and crew alike. All in all life as we know it aboard the Luciole in our little corner of France.

A personal highlight was observing the ladies being taught the art of napkin folding by hostess Izzy. Whilst the men (quite rightly) retreated to a safe distance to "taste test" the local wines and beers, before cycling in a reasonably straight line down the towpath and into the distance.

Izzy passes on her napkin folding skills to the ladies

Crew and passengers on the deck at the end of the week