Thursday, November 28, 2019

Hotel Barge Charters: Black Friday Specials

Black Friday Specials
2020 Hotel Barge Charters

Starting tomorrow (Friday, November 29, 2020) you can enjoy a whopping 30% off 2020 private charters for cruises aboard L'Art de Vivre, La Belle Epoque, Anjodi and Panache.

This Black Friday special applies to new bookings made between Friday, November 29 and Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Please note, this discount cannot be combined with any other offer.

L'Art de Vivre - Burgundy

Dates: April 26 - May 2, 2020
Discounted price:
$28,700 for 8 guests
$26,740 for 6 guests
Online brochure: Click Here

As well as the wine tasting excursions, L’Art de Vivre offers a tour of Burgundy’s lower Nivernais Canal and River Yonne. Highlights include a visit to enchanting Auxerre and its magnificent cathedral, the picture-perfect town of Vezelay and its hilltop basilica and plenty of time to explore on foot or by bicycle.

La Belle Epoque - Burgundy

Dates: April 5 - 11, 2020
Discounted price:
$42,350 for 12 guests
$40,530 for 10 guests
$38,430 for 8 guests
Online brochure: Click Here

The deluxe La Belle Epoque hotel barge cruises the historic Burgundy Canal through some of the region’s most scenic countryside. Excursions include private tastings at several renowned Chablis vineyards, a visit to the village of Flavigny sur Ozerain (the setting for the movie Chocolat,) and a visit to Noyers-sur-Serein with their cobbled streets and quaint, timbered architecture.

Anjodi - Canal du Midi

Dates: April 12 - 18, 2020
Discounted price:
$24,850 for 8 guests
$23,170 for 6 guests
 Online brochure: Click Here

A cruise onboard Anjodi along the 330 year-old Canal du Midi in the South of France is an absolute must. Enjoy a private wine tasting experience at the Chateau Pech-Celeyran, cruise in the shadows of the world’s oldest canal tunnel at Malpas, visit Minerve and tour Carcassonne’s medieval city.

Panache - Holland

Dates: March 29 - April 4, 2020
Discounted price:
$42,350 for 12 guests
$40,530 for 10 guests
$38,430 for 8 guests
Online brochure: Click Here

The deluxe 12-passenger Panache offers the opportunity to discover Holland’s beautiful canals and waterways. Experience the famous tulip festival where the landscapes burst with color. Highlights of this 6-night tour include a visit to the Aalsmeer flower auction, a tour of the Zaanse Schans conservation area, a trip to picturesque Haarlem with entry to the museum of the Dutch painter, Frans Hals and a tour of charming Leiden – birthplace of the famous artist, Rembrandt.

What's Included

This is an all-inclusive, exclusive affair for food lovers, oenophiles, history buffs or just those looking for the vacation of a lifetime, and a bargain to boot.

2020 prices include: local transfers to and from the hotel barges, luxury accommodation, all meals and wines served on board, an extensively stocked open bar, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary.

In addition to this, guests will have full use of barge facilities, such as top of the range bicycles, a deck-side spa pool (hot tub) and the services of a crew of up to six members, including an English-speaking guide and on-board master chef.

The first party to place a 25% deposit on one of the above-mentioned charters secures that week.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

It's National Cake Day

A Traditional Teatime Treat

Celebrate National Cake Day with this recipe for spongey, golden Madeleines – a traditionally French afternoon treat that’s impossible to resist!

I love Madeleines - even the store-bought ones!

Did you know, Madeleine or petit Madeleine cakes originate from the Lorraine region in northeastern France? Traditionally shell-shaped, these buttery and spongey cakes enjoy a delightfully crispy batter.

The name "Madeleine" according to some, was given to the cakes around 1755 by French King Louis XV to honor Madeleine Paulmier, his father-in-law's cook.

Try making them today with this easy to make recipe.


Makes 12 cakes
  • 2 large eggs
  • 130g sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (I like orange as well)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 120g flour
  • 300g unsalted melted butter
  • A sprinkling caster/powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 180°C or 350°F. Line your Madeleine molds with butter and dust with flour.
  • Using an electric whisk, beat your eggs and eggs sugar in a mixing bowl.
  • Mix in your vanilla extract, lemon zest and salt, before adding the flour until a batter is formed. Slowly add the melted butter.
  • Spoon a tablespoon of your batter into each of the Madeleine molds and bake for about 15 minutes, or until the batter appears golden brown.
  • Cool before removing from the molds.
  • For the next batch, repeat the process – buttering and flouring the molds each time you use them.
  • Dust lightly with caster sugar before serving.

You can find madeleine pans on Amazon.

Speaking of Lorraine . . .

French Hotel Barge Panache

The 12-passenger Hotel Barge Panache cruises in Holland & Belgium during the springtime, then through Paris to Champagne, and finishes their season in the Alsace-Lorraine region of France.


The 128-foot Panache is a 12-passenger luxury hotel barge of classic Dutch design, fully air conditioned with spacious public areas and six en-suite stateroms, with your choice of twin or double bed configuration. En-suite bathrooms have twin sinks and oversize showers with massage jets. Panache is traditionally furnished in an old ship style with brass and mahogany, creating a comfortable and charming ambience. The salon and dining room have large panoramic windows for viewing the passing countryside, as well as comfortable sofas, books and music, and an always open inclusive bar. The sun deck is spacious and has a heated spa pool; a perfect place to watch the sun set after dinner.

Panache has a highly professional crew of six, comprised of Master Chef, Deck Hand, Tour guide, two Housekeepers, and led by a knowledgeable and experienced Captain, who will ensure your cruise is memorable and more.

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book PANACHE
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Sunday, November 24, 2019

NEW VIDEO: Hotel Barge Spirit of Scotland

Hotel Barge "Spirit of Scotland"

We've just received a video of the Scottish Hotel Barge Spirit of Scotland. We have uploaded this to their online brochure for your viewing enjoyment.

About Spirit Of Scotland

Let's reserve your spot !

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book SPIRIT OF SCOTLAND
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