Meaning “Grandmother” in the Breton language, the Mam Goz offers guests an insider’s introduction to the epicurean and cultural treasures of Provence-Camargue.
The Mam Goz is owned and operated by Chef Eric and Hostess Christel Cochennec. A native of Brittany, Eric met Christel, who is originally from Belgium, working in the airline industry – he as a pilot and she as a flight attendant. Choosing Provence because of its natural beauty and cultural cachet, their professional backgrounds and personal interests translated perfectly into a second career into the world of hotel barging.
Barge Mam Goz was refit into a floating French boutique hotel in 2016. Reflecting the warm ochre hues of Provencal sunshine and cerulean blues of southern skies, the décor is designed for comfort and French festivity. Three cozy cabins offer clever storage, while the chic salon and spacious deck beckon for relaxed socializing.
A balanced itinerary reveals the region’s landscapes, history, and highlights. Guests discover the famed monuments in Avignon and Arles; explore Provence’s hillside villages and the Camargue’s small coastal towns; taste freshly pressed olive oil from the grove of an artisan producer; and mingle with locals during a visit to a morning market. While the Mam Goz is docked, guests are welcome to stroll or cycle ashore.
Eric and Christel are pleased to present the authentic Southern French fare for which France is celebrated. Crafted with olive oil, herbs, and fresh spices from the region, they delight in sharing their passion for the culinary bounty of Provence. Meals are paired with the fine wines and small batch spirits of the Rhone, Luberon, and Languedoc. Guests are further immersed into the gastronomy of Provence-Camargue through two lunches ashore at charming bistros and auberges.
The Barge Ladies are pleased to bring the Mam Goz into our collection as a wonderful choice for casual travelers who wish to taste and tour their way through the south of France. Adding to the onboard festivities is a petite canine crew member, Jazz. While many guests may enjoy his four-legged company, please note his presence is completely optional.