Writing by John Liley

Featuring magazine articles written by hotel barge Luciole's owner and author

Keeping Afloat

Up A French Canal Without A Paddle

"Keeping Afloat" is a light-hearted tale of John Liley's exploits on the canals of France. John was working for a boating magazine when he was overcome with a dream of owning and operating a hotel-barge in France. Now, thirty years on, he tells of his often hilarious misadventures in the early days of setting up a business that would keep afloat. Characters such as The Whizzer, Mighty Min and Monsieur Bertrand would be unbelievable if they were not true. Barge enthusiasts and landlubbers alike will laugh with and at John's exploits.

Keeping afloat

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A selection of magazine articles written by John Liley

The View From The Line


The View From The Line

A Train Traveller’s Guide

A printed guide to the train routes from Liverpool and Manchester, with maps, pictures and notes. A diversion through Birmingham is included also, connecting to the north via Stafford, and southwards to London by way of Coventry and Rugby.

There’s a Mystery near Liverpool. And a lighthouse in Northants. Beside the railways of Britain stand a multitude of features. Some are well-known, many pass unsung. Here, with illustrations, is a detailed listing, covering the lines from Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Piccadilly to Euston Station in London. For travellers to or from Birmingham the links with Stafford and Rugby are included also.

Attractive maps are presented in a simple fold-out format, with concise notes and photos alongside. From moated castles to ‘mountains’ in unexpected places, this handsome guide will enhance many a journey on the train.

Hotel barge Luciole

Cruising since 1976

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1-2 Quai de la Republique, Auxerre
89000 France

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