Monday, November 05, 2018

Irish Barge Shannon Princess Shares Brownie Recipe

The Irish Hotel Barge Shannon Princess, turns our attention to a recipe on IrishCentral.com...


Bailey’s Irish Cream Swirl Brownie

A delicious Irish-ified recipe for delectable, boozy brownies.


Ingredients

For the Brownies:
  • 6 ounces sweet baking chocolate (I used semisweet), chopped
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½  cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½  cup all-purpose flour
  • ½  tsp baking powder
  • ¼  tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

For the Swirl:
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼  cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp Bailey’s Irish cream  

For the Glaze:
  • 4 ounces sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp Bailey’s Irish cream
  • Milk to thin out (amount will vary) 

Method

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly butter an 8-inch square nonstick baking pan.

Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter in medium bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar and beat until well blended. Beat in egg. Mix in flour, Irish Cream, and vanilla. Set mixture aside.

Stir baking chocolate and butter in a heavy small saucepan over low heat until smooth. Cool slightly. Using an electric mixer, beat sugar and eggs in large bowl until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Mix in flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix in chocolate mixture and extracts. Stir in chocolate chips.

Spread half of chocolate batter (about 1 1/4 cups) in prepared pan. Using a rubber spatula, spread cream cheese mixture over chocolate batter. Spoon remaining chocolate batter over top of cream cheese mixture. Using the tip of a knife, gently swirl through the batter, forming marble design. Bake brownies until tester inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, about 30 minutes.

Make glaze. Combine powdered sugar and Irish cream. If too thick thin out with milk.

While still warm brush (using a pastry brush) glaze over brownies. Let sit for 15 minutes. Cut into squares.

Enjoy.

There's still a few dates open for 2019.


About The Irish Hotel Barge Shannon Princess


Shannon Princess entering a lock


Shannon Princess

The Shannon Princess has been thoughtfully designed throughout. The barge's inviting interior makes a charming floating living space – a perfect "Home away from home" for guests to enjoy. The welcoming atmosphere is enhanced by Ruairi and Olivia’s love of antiquities, crafts, pottery and art with many works by established and local Irish artists.  On board the barge a friendly & relaxed mood has been created by carefully mixing casual informality with quality service.

The Shannon Princess provides accommodation for up to 10 guests in 5 cabins which can be configured as double or twins, each with ensuite facilities. This barge is owner-operated with a total of five professional crew in attendance.You will be charmed with excellent but friendly service, gorgeous food & wines, and share in a slice of local life and knowledge.






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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Special offer for French Hotel Barge Savoir Vivre

The French Hotel Barge SAVOIR VIVRE has a very special offer for their first week of the 2019 season...

French Hotel Barge Savoir Vivre Cruises The Canal de Bourgogne in Burgundy


Savoir Vivre - Special Offer


Savoir Vivre has a very special offer for the first week (March 31 - April 6) of their 2019 barging season with cabins discounted to $2500 per person. That's only $5000 for a cabin for two! You save $2500 off their normal value season rate of $7500/cabin.


  About The French Hotel Barge Savoir Vivre 



The luxury crewed French Hotel Barge SAVOIR VIVRE offers both cabin cruises and private barge charters along the Canal de Bourgogne in the Burgundy region of France. They have just announced that beginning next season (2019), Savoir Vivre will be including transfers from Paris to Burgundy where the barge is moored.


Savoir Vivre is 80 feet long, air conditioned (central heating, too), has 4 identical guest cabins which can be configured with a queen or two twin beds, each having ensuite private bathrooms, flat screen TV, DVD, iPod dock, onboard internet where available, 8 bicycles, etc.

Savoir Vivre is a bit different to the other hotel barges that we represent as they do not have an onboard chef. Pastries for the continental breakfast are supplied by the local baker. Lunch is catered by professional chefs who meet up with the boat with their prepared meal. Dinners are off the boat in locally selected restaurants (included in charter fee).


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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Availability 2019 for Irish Barge Shannon Princess


We recently did a post on the Irish Hotel Barge Shannon Princess and exploring Irish folklore. CLICK HERE to read October 5th 2018 post.


Irish Hotel Barge Shannon Princess - Up to 10 guests

It looks like Shannon Princess is going to fill up and sell out 2019 very soon, so please book now for 2019 or plan well in advance for the 2020 barging season. We are taking bookings for 2020.


Current 2019 availability for Shannon Princess


Open weeks
Two weeks in July are open for cabin bookings:
  • July 14-20 : Open: 1 cabin, $5350/person. double occupancy
  • July 21-27 : Open: 3 cabins, $5350/person. double occupancy
Two weeks open in August for private charter. All 5 cabins open. Only 2 guests necessary to convert into a cabin week. Inquire.
  • July 28 - August 3 : Open 5 cabins
  • August 4-10 : Open 5 cabins

Rates
  • Individual cabin bookings: $5350/person, double occupancy, For single occupancy add $1800.
  • Private charter for up to  6 guests=$48,300 | 8 guests=46,800 | 10 guests=$49,599

2020
The 2020 calendar is currently completely open... Go For It!


About The Irish Hotel Barge Shannon Princess


Shannon Princess entering a lock


Shannon Princess

The Shannon Princess has been thoughtfully designed throughout. The barge's inviting interior makes a charming floating living space – a perfect "Home away from home" for guests to enjoy. The welcoming atmosphere is enhanced by Ruairi and Olivia’s love of antiquities, crafts, pottery and art with many works by established and local Irish artists.  On board the barge a friendly & relaxed mood has been created by carefully mixing casual informality with quality service.

The Shannon Princess provides accommodation for up to 10 guests in 5 cabins which can be configured as double or twins, each with ensuite facilities. This barge is owner-operated with a total of five professional crew in attendance.You will be charmed with excellent but friendly service, gorgeous food & wines, and share in a slice of local life and knowledge.






Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book SHANNON PRINCESS
View Shannon Princess's's online brochure
Visit our website for more info on our barges and barging: www.BargeCharters.com
 


Friday, October 05, 2018

IRISH BARGE SHANNON PRINCESS : Folklore

from the Irish Hotel Barge Shannon Princess...

Explore Irish Folklore on the River Shannon




The Land of Saints and Scholars


The island of Ireland, the "land of saints and scholars" is associated with many mythological tales from the past. As we cruise along the Shannon we visit medieval and ancient sites steeped in Irish folklore and history. According to mythology, the River Shannon is named after the Celtic goddess "Sionna". Throughout the years the river was a vital source of survival for many prehistoric people that lived along its shores.

Our barge skipper, Ruairi, will escort you to many historical sites along the river cruise. Throughout the journey we explore medieval towns and take you to ancient ruins that have become popular places of pilgrimage for lovers of Irish folklore. We travel to Killaloe, once a court town to the High Kings of Ireland and now a quiet riverside village. We also take a trip to the spiritual Clonmacnoise (see picture below) founded by St Ciaran, in the 6th Century. This is a monastic settlement with an ancient burial ground where the High Kings of Tara and Connacht rest.





The Folklore and Legend of Queen Maeve

The Tain Bo Culaine is a legendary tale of Queen Maeve of Connacht and the prized Bull of Cooley. We join the route of the Tain Trail along the charming lake shores of Lough Ree where we retrace the journey and the battles between Maeve and her armies and Cuchulainn. It was here where Queen Maeve sought refuge for many years. She died at the hands of Conor of Ulster who struck her with a single sling fired from a mile across the lake.


Exploring Lough Ree

The third largest lake in Ireland running from Lanesborough, Co. Longford to Athlone, Co. Roscommon and Westmeath. Lough Ree translates as "The Lake of Kings". Locals suggests it was called this due to seven kings all named John who once ruled a place close by called Rindoon. Lough Ree is the scene of many sightings of the Lough Ree monster. You can read more about the Lough Ree monster here. It so happened that St. Ciaran’s book of gospels were dropped into the lake by his brother and it is believed that many years later were retrieved fully intact along with his altar bell.




Quaker Island/Inchcleraun Island

The island was a place of pilgrimage and religious learning with the remains of seven churches including a monastery. This is an example of how Ireland got its nickname of “The Land of Saints and Scholars” as it became the refuge for pilgrims after the period of Christianity. The largest church on the island is called the Templemurray. According to old folklore any woman who enters will meet her death within twelve months (the curse of Templemurray).


Celts at Craggaunoowen

Moving down southwards on the River Shannon, we explore the living past at a Celtic bronze age settlement at Craggaunowen located near Quin, Co. Clare. Craggaunowen features an open air museum including reconstructions of ancient Irish architecture, dolmens, crannogs and currachs. Experience how the Celts made their homes on a Crannog and gain a fascinating insight to how they lived.




Throughout your journey on the Shannon Princess, you will experience snippets of Irish folklore as we take you to some fascinating locations steeped in ancient history. Our barge cruise combines a luxurious environment with a relaxing pace, what better way to learn about Ireland’s past?



About The Irish Hotel Barge Shannon Princess



Shannon Princess entering a lock

The Irish Hotel Barge Shannon Princess is a very popular barge and they book up quickly. They are almost sold out for next season (2019). Current availability for 2019: July 14-20 (2 cabins open),  July 21-27 (3 cabins open, Aug 4-10 (5 cabins open).We are now accepting bookings for the 2020 season.

Shannon Princess


The Shannon Princess has been thoughtfully designed throughout. The barge's inviting interior makes a charming floating living space – a perfect "Home away from home" for guests to enjoy. The welcoming atmosphere is enhanced by Ruairi and Olivia’s love of antiquities, crafts, pottery and art with many works by established and local Irish artists.  On board the barge a friendly & relaxed mood has been created by carefully mixing casual informality with quality service.

The Shannon Princess provides accommodation for up to 10 guests in 5 cabins which can be configured as double or twins, each with ensuite facilities. This barge is owner-operated with a total of five professional crew in attendance.You will be charmed with excellent but friendly service, gorgeous food & wines, and share in a slice of local life and knowledge.






Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book SHANNON PRINCESS
View Shannon Princess's's online brochure
Visit our website for more info on our barges and barging: www.BargeCharters.com
 


Thursday, October 04, 2018

RECIPE: Ratatouille Nicoise

A Perfect Recipe For Autumn : Ratatouille Nicoise

This time of year is when many vegetables are harvested at their best having benefited from the summer warmth. Our barge chefs like to buy this fresh produce from local markets or canal lock-keepers along the cruise route who have grown them in their waterside gardens, enabling them to prepare tasty dishes to accompany their fish and meat main courses,.

One of these dishes is Ratatouille Nicoise, a popular dish with the French. We hope you will give this recipe a try.

Ratatouille Nicoise



Serves
Six

Ingredients

3 tbs Olive oil
1 large Onion, cut into ½ inch pieces
1 large Green pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
4 cloves Garlic, chopped
2 pounds Tomatoes
1 Aubergine (eggplant), peeled and cut into ½ inch cubes
1 tsp Thyme
1 Bay leaf
12 Black olives, pitted & halved
Salt and pepper

Method

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil and the onion and green pepper. Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes until just softened but not brown.
  2. Increase the heat slightly and stir in the garlic and tomatoes. Cook for another 6-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the diced aubergine, courgette, thyme and bay leaf and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Stir in the olives and cook covered for about 10 minutes. Avoid overcooking so that the vegetables don’t disintegrate.

Serve Hot or Cold






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Thursday, September 20, 2018

French Hotel Barge Enchante - Harvest Time

I love the Doctor Who reference!


"No, they're not Daleks! It's harvest time and half of these stainless steel tanks are now full of grapes picked these past few weeks. The whites will stay in there 3-4 months and the reds 8-12."
 — Barge Enchante at Chateau Saint Jacques d'Albas
September 16, 2018



About The French Hotel Barge Enchante


Enchante

Enchanté moored in Le Somail


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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Barge Finesse : Visit the Chateau de Germolles


Château de Germolles - Southern Burgundy



As one of the finest surviving examples of a Burgundian ducal residence, a visit to Château de Germolles is a popular excursion on French Hotel Barge Finesse's itinerary in Southern Burgundy. It’s a serene setting in which to learn more about the influential dukes who shaped Burgundy in the late medieval and early Renaissance periods.


Philip the Bold

The Valois Dukes of Burgundy – Philip the Bold, John the Fearless, Philip the Good and Charles the Bold – were thought to have ruled over the “Golden Age” of medieval Burgundy, when the groundwork was laid for both a cultural and an economic Renaissance in the region. Philip made the impressive Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy in Dijon his central seat, adding a vast ceremonial hall and kitchens where 30 chefs could prepare a banquet all at once.

In 1380 the Château de Germolles, described as “austere” at first, was offered by Philip to his wife, Margaret III of Flanders. The house would soon be turned into a refined and luxurious country retreat by the Duchess, boasting murals painted by the best artists from the Burgundian School.

Although the palace at Dijon retains very little of its architecture from this period, the house at Germolles is a wonderfully preserved example of the splendour of the ducal court on the eve of the Renaissance.


Visiting the Château



Heraldic frescos decorate the private apartments of Margaret’s country residence; the chapels and the Hall of Honour are also impressive late medieval statements, while the thirteenth-century storeroom gives you a glimpse into the effort it would have taken downstairs to maintain such a grand house. Tours are often conducted by the present-day owners of the property, who are able to share a great deal of the château’s history. History lovers aboard the hotel barge Finesse are always impressed and enlightened by this fascinating visit.


About The French Hotel Barge Finesse


Finesse


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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

French Hotel Barge Savoir Vivre - News


* NEWS FROM SAVOIR VIVRE *




The luxury crewed French Hotel Barge SAVOIR VIVRE offers both cabin cruises and private barge charters along the Canal de Bourgogne in the Burgundy region of France. They have just announced that beginning next season (2019), Savoir Vivre will be including transfers from Paris to Burgundy where the barge is moored.


  About The French Barge Savoir Vivre 



Savoir Vivre is 80 feet long, air conditioned (central heating, too), has 4 identical guest cabins which can be configured with a queen or two twin beds, each having ensuite private bathrooms, flat screen TV, DVD, iPod dock, internet where available, 8 bicycles, etc.

Savoir Vivre is a bit different to the other hotel barges that we represent as they do not have an onboard chef. Pastries for the continental breakfast are supplied by the local baker. Lunch is catered by professional chefs who meet up with the boat with their prepared meal. Dinners are off the boat in locally selected restaurants (included in charter fee).


Recent Comments

"On June 30th 2018 we disembarked from a wonderful week’s cruise on Burgundy’s Ouche Canal on the Savoir Vivre.  We had wended our way at breakneck speed (2 kilometers/hour) through the beautiful French countryside… enjoyed fantastic cuisine and local wines…  explored historic sites, wineries and farms… and quickly made friends with our amiable fellow travelers (four of whom we had never met before).

But the key to the success of this adventure was the crew of the Savoir Vivre, ably led by Captain Richard Mégret.

Richard navigated us through countless narrow locks, drove us on remote country roads leading to dinners in quaint local restaurants, and quietly solved a few minor mechanical crises (e.g., power failures).  He served as outstanding host, organizer, French ambassador, and friend.  His droll sense of humor immediately made us feel right at home right from the start. Richard could not have been more accommodating to our every need and request.

Laura was a superb tour director… incredibly knowledgeable about local history, wines and customs, and always radiating enthusiasm about her beloved Burgundy.   Justine was a wonderful young hostess who deftly created amazing breakfasts and lunches. She immediately won us over with her charming friendliness.

This trio of professionals turned out to be essential partners in making this trip so memorable."

John & Joan, July 11, 2018


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Monday, September 17, 2018

Luxury Hotel Barge Cruises - 2018 availability UPDATED September 19

 LUXURY HOTEL BARGE CRUISES
 * Open Dates For 2018 * 

UPDATED SEPTEMBER 19, 2018

Here's a list of open dates for private barge charters (all cabins open) and for cabin cruises (some cabins already booked). If you wish, we can inquire if a fully-open, private charter week can be opened up for a cabin cruise week.

Special offers may apply! 

French Hotel Barge Anjodi - Cruising the Canal du Midi

 FRANCE - Canal du Midi

ANJODI

ATHOS

EMMA

ENCHANTE


 FRANCE - Loire Valley

NYMPHEA


 FRANCE - Upper Loire / Western Burgundy

RENAISSANCE


 FRANCE - Bordeaux

ROSA


 FRANCE - Northern Burgundy

L'ART DE VIVRE

LA BELLE EPOQUE


 FRANCE - Southern Burgundy

FINESSE

GRAND CRU

L'IMPRESSIONNISTE

PROSPERITE

RENDEZ-VOUS

SAVOIR VIVRE


 FRANCE - Alsace-Lorraine

LA NOUVELLE ETOILE

PANACHE


 ENGLAND - Thames

MAGNA CARTA


 SCOTLAND - Highlands

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDER

SPIRIT OF SCOTLAND


 IRELAND - Shannon

SHANNON PRINCESS


 ITALY - Venice / Po Valley

LA BELLA VITA








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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Barging Visit To Chateau de Ratilly with Hotel Barge Renaissance

French Barge Renaissance: Visit the Chateau de Ratilly



The Château de Ratilly, located near the village of Treigny in the rolling countryside of the Loire Valley, rises up like a lost magical fortress. The 12th-century castle's ancient walls have stood witness for centuries with stories to tell of battles won and lost. Magnificiently preserved,  Château de Ratilly is now the home of inspiration and artistic creation. Take time to wander through its transformed workspace and you will discover some of France's greatest potters at work.


Jeanne Pierlot, a potter by trade who made her apprenticeship at St Amand-en-Puisaye at Eugene Lion, and her husband Norbert, an actor, took ownership of the Château de Ratilly in 1951. Seeing the great artistic potential of the space, they repurposed the château into a pottery workshop and artists' haven becoming one of the very first "Center of Private Contemporary Art". Every year, for more than fifty years, concerts, original shows and major visual arts exhibitions have served contemporary artists in the unique setting of the castle.

The Pierlot’s five children have continued their parent’s dedication to the Château and its new-found purpose.

A tour of the grand Château de Ratilly will give a unique insight into the creative process of artists at work. The atmosphere may seem somewhat understated for such a grand historic monument and yet that just adds to its charm and the buzz that can be felt of inspiration in action.

The French Hotel Barge Renaissance which cruises the waterways of the Upper Loire and Western Burgundy includes the Château de Ratilly in their standard, classic cruise itinerary.

About The French Hotel Barge Renaissance


Renaissance


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