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Posted by Al Campbell | February 28, 2020 | Fascinating facts
L’année bissextile est arrive

So what do you call Leap Year in French? In a literal translation it should be ‘l’année sautée’. But it’s not, it’s l’année bissextile. And, if you translate that back...

Posted by Al Campbell | February 13, 2020 | Uncategorized
WHAT’S FRENCH FOR VALENTINE’S DAY?

The French like to think of France as the epicentre of love. To be fair it has its claims. But on this supposedly most romantic day of the year, Cupid's...

Posted by Al Campbell | January 5, 2020 | Uncategorized
Introducing the two centre Franco-British Holiday

For most of our guests, getting to Burgundy means a long-haul flight. But here’s the thing – once you get here Britain is just an easy train ride away. So,...

Posted by Al Campbell | October 13, 2019 | History, In the media, Places we visit
Leonardo da Vinci in the Loire

Cruising on board Nymphea last summer Silver Travel Advisor journalist Helen Jackson enjoyed the Chateau du Clos Luce on one of the many stops along the Loire Valley's River Cher....

Posted by Al Campbell | September 29, 2019 | In the media, Places we visit, Wine and food
Gastronomic treats at La Boulaye

Visiting notable historic sites and Chateaux is hungry and thirst-making work. All meals and wine are included in the price of the cruise, including a few scheduled meals ashore. Here...

Posted by Al Campbell | September 10, 2019 | History, In the media, Places we visit
Chateau de Nitray

Another day another Chateau. Silver Travel Advisor  journalist Helen Jackson explains the interest and beauty of  Chateau de Nitray whilst cruising on the barge Nymphea, on the Loire Valley’s River Cher....

Posted by Al Campbell | September 5, 2019 | History, In the media, Places we visit
Chateau du Chenonceau – Beautiful Inside and Out

This summer we invited Silver Travel Adviser journalist Helen Jackson to join us on Nymphea to see the Loire Valley. She reported on the things she saw on a day-by-day...

Posted by Al Campbell | May 1, 2019 | Uncategorized
May the Lily be with you!

Today in Burgundy we’ll be holding the Fête du Muguet – the Festival of the Lily of the Valley. We hold it on May 1st, which is Labour Day here....

Posted by Al Campbell | April 21, 2019 | History
QUASIMODO, EASTER AND PASSOVER – NOW THERE’S A COINCIDENCE.

Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by a confusion of tongues – especially at Easter and particularly in the west where so many languages interrelate. But this week’s serendipitous collusion between...

Posted by Al Campbell | April 16, 2019 | History
Il n’y a pas de fumée sans feu.

This week’s blog was going to be all about what’s happening in the Burgundian vineyards where they are setting smoke pots every night to try to keep the frost off...