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European barging, travel and all things France are what we live for here at  Barge Lady Cruises. Ellen, The Barge Lady herself, has visited France over 50 times – and counting. Caroline, Kelly, Lori and Stephanie are vying to be as well-traveled! Revel in our barge adventures as we explore Europe’s major cities and review our favorite hotels, restuarants and tours. Keep checking our Blog! We are always on the move and eager to share our experiences, recommendations and travel tips.

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A cruise full of cuisine on half board barges »


On half-board barges, guests enjoy a combination of lunches and dinners taken onshore at local bistros, exposing them to the unique pleasures of France’s famous cuisine culture. 

A popular choice for those who wish to explore France’s gastronomy, this option also appeals to value-seeking travelers, or guests for whom experience is more intriguing than amenities. 

Feast your … Read More »

Breakfast is served — on barges! »

Papillon breakfast

Bonjour! Breakfast on barges is a delicious way to start your day when cruising on the European canals. Wake up to a beautifully presented Continental breakfast buffet of freshly baked croissants, decadent pastries, a selection of cereals, servings of yogurt,  freshly made juices, and baskets of fruit. If weather permits, enjoy your breakfast on deck, … Read More »

Happy Crew Year 2017! »

Capt Hadrien Famy

Happy New Year, 2017…. We thank our talented barge crews in France and on behalf of them all, wish our guests and friends a “Happy Crew Year.” Barge crew perform many official jobs, such as Chef, Hostess, Tour Guide, and Pilot, but the their most important role is to make barge guests feel welcome. Without … Read More »

Grand Crew: Chef Patsie Rotsaert brings the Belgian chocolate bliss »

A toast to the new Barge lady blog series, Grand Crew! Cheers to the Captains, Deckhands, Pilots, Hostesses, Chefs, and Tour Guides whose tireless efforts ensure your experience on European hotel barges is nothing less than spectacular. Please join the Barge Ladies as we spotlight a handful of the these extraordinary crew members who dedicate … Read More »