Wednesday, 3 September 2014

24th - 30th August

Another memorable and extremely pleasant week aboard the Luciole, where we were joined by a charming contingent of both Americans and Brits, as well as a surprise guest in the form of Mr. John Liley, the owner of the Luciole. With John on board, joining Captain Francisco in the wheelhouse, cruises were made even more soothing to the gentle sound of John's tuneful whistling as he piloted us with grace through the locks and numerous obstacles, like a true veteran. After the cruising and the outings to the fascinating, beautiful or simply wine flavoured places Burgundy has to offer, the anecdotes of the barging world delighted and entertained passengers and crew throughout the whole week.

John Liley at the helm of the Luciole

We were lucky enough to be a part of Clare and Rob's 36th wedding anniversary, where all enjoyed champagne and a celebration cake to mark the occasion
. In addition to this we had old friends of ours Mary-Ann and Alan, who have been cruising with us regularly on the Luciole for the past three decades!

We were all very sad to say goodbye to our lovely replacement hostess Alice, who unfortunately has to leave us as the crew holiday period comes to a close and George returns after a week in Paris and Dijon.

John teaching matelot Tom some new piloting techniques

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