Monday, 10 November 2014

19th - 25th October


It is always a surprise when the last week of the season arrives.  We begin cruising in April and before we know it, nearly thirty weeks later, we are waving goodbye to our final passengers.

The Luciole cruised with passengers from all round the world - America, Canada, Australia, England and Scotland. Richard and Susie Parsons joined us for lunch one day too, to spend the day with their son, crew member George, pictured below with Francisco.  Always a proud moment for us to have Richard onboard, the humble man we put on a pedestal, who started hotel barging in 1966 on the Palinurus, now called the Luciole.

Francisco makes his speech on the final Captain's Diner of the season

The Luciole cruised further north, along the River Yonne for the end part of the week, with Friday night's mooring in Sens. We were making our way towards Paris for our five yearly hull inspection. Matelot Tom, as ever assisted Francisco, as they negotiated the new territory and larger locks and William Liley, came out from London to assist with the down river cruising. Hostess Noemi made welcome drinks, always delivered with a glorious smile.

With the change to our usual itinerary, tour guide Anna as capable as ever, took passengers to the beautiful Cistercian Abby at Pontigny, followed by coffee at the impressive hotel restaurant the 'Cote Saint Jacques' in Joigny. We were delighted to have on board the parents of our talented chef Marc. A prouder mum you could not meet! Penny also joined the cruise and the Luciole felt a real family.

Our sincere thanks to all our passengers for cruising with us this season. It has been another wonderful year for the Luciole.  Next season we celebrate 49 years of hotel barging. No doubt it will be here before we know it!

Mirror reflection at midnight in Sens. Perfect stillness at the end of our season.

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