Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

A Week in Heaven; A Gentle Barge Ride through France Was a Dream Come True

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

A Week in Heaven; A Gentle Barge Ride through France Was a Dream Come True

Article excerpt

IF YOU GO:

Anjodi is one of European Waterways' fleet of hotel barges. It is an all-inclusive product with wines and an open bar available 24 hours a day. Premium wines are served with meals and champagne is served on special occasions.

Bathrooms are stocked with amenities and cabins are air-conditioned. A mini bus follows the barge to take you on shore excursions.

Bikes are available for easy riding along the towpaths. The barge travels slower than you do.

Charter Anjodi and other barges for groups, or if travelling alone, join other guests throughout the cruise.

The crew speak English and French.

The company is offering 10% off cabin and full-boat charters in France and Italy for select departures in spring and summer 2017.

Full itineraries, costs and dates on gobarging.com.

TRAVEL

with Ann Rickard

IT WAS a dream week, something we'd yearned for since we watched Rick Stein sail on Anjodi along the Canal du Midi in his evocative television series A French Odyssey.

"We simply have to do that," we said as we watched Rick stopping at impossibly pretty villages in the south of France, dining on regional dishes, drinking local wines, sailing serenely through idyllic countryside flanked by leafy plane trees with flourishing vineyards and castles to the horizon.

So when we were greeted on board Anjodi in the small village of Marseillan by four smiling crew members brandishing champagne on the sun deck with its colourful flower boxes, it was pinch-me-I-must-be-dreaming time.

Over the following seven days captain Laurent, chef Tom, tour guide Steve and hostess Aneta pampered and spoilt us as though we were, well...Rick Stein filming a television series.

Carrying just eight guests, cosseted in cosy yet roomy cabins with ensuite bathrooms, Anjodi is an 87-year-old barge originally designed to carry grain between Amsterdam and Paris.

Refurbished and morphed into a luxury hotel-barge in 1983, Anjodi is long and sleek, fitted out in African dark wood and brass, her salon roomy with a bar (pleasingly full, and open 24 hours) and an eight-seater dining table, comfy lounges, large windows, a small library and CD player. …

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