28th August - 3rd September 2016
It's been a beautiful week in Burgundy, it may only be September but the beginnings of autumn have started creeping in, littering the paths (and the Luciole!) with leaves of red and brown. The sun however is still very much on our side, and is thankfully starting to lose it's sting somewhat.
Joining us onboard our happy boat this week was a very friendly and constantly amusing family of Australians, the Messenger family, ranging from grandparents Philip and Pauline down through the generations all the way to 11 year old Sebastian, a fine young chap and our local skateboarding champion for the week. Indeed that's how half of his time was spent, careening down the towpaths with the rest of the family cycling along trying to keep up! Otherwise it was a lovely, calm week with everyone out and about enjoying the sunshine and swimming from the boat at every opportunity, crew included. It was perhaps the first time that I've seen every single member of the family deciding to have a go at steering! With grandad putting us into a lock immaculately, followed by son Mark nailing it too, or at least on the second attempt anyway!
In other news our new arrivals Jade and Kim are settling in wonderfully! It may only be their second week on the boat but already they're looking and sounding like old bargees, professionals through and through and from the looks of it having an excellent time in the process. The ambience on board is truly excellent, completely jovial, relaxed and as perfect as ever.
Hotel barge Luciole
Cruising since 1976
Phone: 00 44 1625 576880
From USA: 011 44 1625 576880
23 Adlington Road, Bollington
SK10 5JT England
1-2 Quai de la Republique, Auxerre