Travel Inspiration: Gently Barging Through France
Barges were once the workhorses of Europe’s developing nations. Back then they carried everything from potatoes to lumber. Today these boats have been reborn as slender, elegant masters of the French canal for a lucky few who wish to uncover the secrets of the countryside, village by village, in grand style.
During our sample introduction to Gently Barging Through France, we explore a day in the life of paradise afloat and learn all about the vessels gliding through classic destinations such as Burgundy, Provence, Champagne, and Canal du Midi.
Burgundy boasts some of France’s finest vineyards and grazing lands. Legendary for its particular sunlight—a honey-hued glow that bathes its lavender and sunflower fields, craggy limestone hills, and perched hamlets—Provence has inspired generations of writers and painters. In Champagne, many visitors prefer to visit little Epernay in the heart of champagne country. It is home to both Moët & Chandon and Perrier-Jouët.
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