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Wonder in the Waves: The Galapagos Marine Wildlife

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 Desiree Michels (December 13, 2017)  Located around 1,000 km off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos archipelago has been called its own “world within a world", and it's an apt description. This remote and beautiful part of the planet is home to some of the most unique wildlife species on the planet, many of which are endemic. But while we often focus on the terrestrial species, those that live in the oceans that .. (Travel)

Night Birds of the Galapagos Islands

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 Desiree Michels (December 13, 2017)  For nature lovers, Galapagos holidays provide the opportunity to view some of the most fascinating wildlife on the planet. Among the most anticipated of all the species are the birds of the archipelago, and their abundance and fearlessness make for some very accessible bird watching. The Night Birds There are just two resident night birds: the Barn Owl and the Short-eared Owl, both of .. (Travel)

A Wildlife Cruise in Galapagos: The Ultimate in Nature Travel

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 Desiree Michels (December 13, 2017)  For nature lovers, the opportunity to encounter the world's wildlife in its natural habitat has never been more accessible. The popularity of ecotourism, with a primary focus on the appreciation and conservation of our fragile natural environments, affords ordinary people extraordinary experiences in some of the most amazing places on the planet. Discover the Enchanted Isles One of the . (Travel)

Looking for a New Sensation? Chamonix Speed Riding

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 Desiree Michels (December 12, 2017)  Never heard of speed riding? Don’t worry, we have all the info you need to be able to try out this exhilarating and increasingly popular sport before the crowds literally crowd the mountains in their hordes… and parachutes! The Mont Blanc region really lends itself perfectly to this sport that all serious adrenaline seekers are clamouring to try out, and there are loads of .. (Travel)

Cross Country Skiing in Chamonix

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 Desiree Michels (December 12, 2017)  Chamonix is known for being a fantastic ski resort, but it also has something extra special for those who want to push themselves to try something different on this year’s winter break. Cross country skiing is a challenging fitness test that allows you to soak up the beautiful winter scenery as you glide through the snowy wilderness, while giving you an amazing workout at the same . (Travel)

Culture in Chamonix: 4 Memorable Museums

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 Desiree Michels (December 12, 2017)  Apart from being a paradise for skiers, Chamonix has a surprising number of museums for those who prefer cultural pursuits. So, if you're heading off to Chamonix without your skis, there’s no need to worry: you definitely won't be short of things to do! Let’s talk about the top four museums that every culture lover should visit. Musée Alpin This museum can be found .. (Travel)

A 24-Hour Skiing Getaway in Courchevel 1850

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 Desiree Michels (December 08, 2017)  One of the best ski resorts in the world is Courchevel 1850. Immaculate pistes, stunning scenery and interlinked skiing in The Three Valleys are just some of the characteristics that make this the ideal luxury ski destination. And if that's not enough, there is also stunning tree-line skiing, 562 snow cannons that ensure perfect pistes, an infamous après-ski scene and enough .. (Travel)

How to Maximise Your Money in Costly Courchevel

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 Desiree Michels (December 08, 2017)  The French resort of Courchevel is known as one of the most exclusive and expensive resorts in the world, attracting a number of high-profile celebrities each year. Whilst many will believe that this makes it off limits for those on a tight budget, I actually have a number of savvy tricks that cash-strapped visitors could use to take advantage of the excellent skiing that’s .. (Travel)

Pampering in La Plagne: Non-Skiing Fun for Couples

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 Desiree Michels (December 08, 2017)  A winter holiday in The Alps is a wonderful, relaxing and romantic experience, and something that I highly suggest to non-skiing couples. Whilst everyone else freezes on the slopes, you can make the most of the fabulous facilities and activities found around the resort and enjoy the stunning natural scenery. There are many great resorts for starry-eyed romantics, but I think that La .. (Travel)

Stop and Smell the Rosé in Val d’Isère’s Finest Restaurants

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 Desiree Michels (December 07, 2017)  As well as wonderful skiing, Val d'Isère has some truly world-class restaurants in which to spend your evenings wining and dining. These are a few of our favourite – with decadent surroundings, delectable menus and devilishly good drinks you’ll be spoilt for choice for gastronomical gorging. La Fruitière For a cheese and wine tasting in Val d'Isère you .. (Travel)

Safe and Sound Skiing: The Children’s Magnestick

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 Desiree Michels (December 07, 2017)  The Three Valleys is a great spot to take your kids for a family ski holiday. With good value for money, suitable skiing for beginners, family-friendly accommodation options and a special safety device for children on the slopes, you can’t go wrong with the Three Valleys! There are eight resorts to choose from within this ski area, so there will be something for every preference, .. (Travel)

Be Bold and Airboard: Snow-Stopping Daredevilry

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 Desiree Michels (December 07, 2017)  If you’ve enjoyed ski holidays in the past but are looking to up the excitement level, the new and extreme airboarding craze might be just what you’re looking for. Invented by a Swiss snowboarder, who was recovering from a snowboarding injury but didn’t want to give up adrenaline-fuelled fun, airboards hit the market about ten years ago. But the craze has only begun .. (Travel)

Top 10 Things to See and Do on Wildlife Holidays in Galapagos

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 Desiree Michels (December 05, 2017)  The Galapagos Islands are renowned for their unique wildlife and ecosystem. Brought to the world's attention by British naturalist Charles Darwin, a visit to this fascinating archipelago off the coast of Ecuador has become one of the most popular nature-focused experiences available. Wildlife holidays in Galapagos provide the opportunity to explore these beautiful islands and encounter . (Travel)

The Galapagos Hawk: An Endangered Predator

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 Desiree Michels (December 05, 2017)  With a host of unique and endemic species to be encountered, wildlife holidays in Galapagos are a very sought-after experience among nature lovers. The archipelago's avian species are particularly abundant, with a huge resident population and some of the highest seabird concentrations in the world. Of the landbirds, the majority of the 29 resident species are endemic, including the .. (Travel)

5 Reasons the Galapagos Islands Must be Protected

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 Desiree Michels (December 05, 2017)  The Galapagos Islands are one of the most ecologically and biologically significant places on the planet. Their wildlife is uniquely adapted to the diverse habitat and, since biologist Charles Darwin ventured here on his survey voyage in 1835, the world has been in the thrall of this remote and beautiful archipelago. Galapagos holidays are among the most sought-after nature tourism .. (Travel)

For the Love of Locks: A History of the Waterways

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 Desiree Michels (December 01, 2017)  As barge cruise aficionados know, the canal system is an intricate and carefully balanced feat of engineering. The keystone that supports these waterways is the lock. Whether run by a lockkeeper, actioned by barge owners, or controlled automatically by computers, locks enable a barge cruise to move quickly and easily through the countryside. Without this engineering marvel, canal travel . (Travel)

Barge Types: Know Your Spitzen From Your Klippers

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 Desiree Michels (December 01, 2017)  For a newcomer to the barge holiday, all barges may look alike. However, there are numerous types of vessels with distinct differences in their histories as well as designs. These models evolved over 200 years, adapting to changing conditions and technology. In Europe, canals – the home of barges – link the English Channel, the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Here .. (Travel)

A History of the Waterways: Barge Building in France

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 Desiree Michels (December 01, 2017)  Though you may be a lover of barge holidays in France, how much do you actually know about the history of this mode of transportation? Although the waterways are now reserved for leisure activities, tourism and barge holidays, France once relied on the humble barge to maintain and grow its economy. In fact, for centuries canals and rivers were essential components of France’s .. (Travel)

Take the Snow by Storm: Must-Try Winter Sports for Dare Devils

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 Desiree Michels (November 27, 2017)  For true die-hard adrenaline junkies, the winter months of cold and icy weather are not enough to contain them. The colder climes offer the perfect canvas for the creation of the best kind of dare-devil art. All that is required is a sense of adventure and nerves of steel to participate in these winter sports; travel insurance wouldn’t hurt either! I’ve travelled the world .. (Travel)

Climb in Chamonix: A Mecca for Mountaineers

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 Desiree Michels (November 27, 2017)  Chamonix is considered the Mecca of winter mountaineering. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned climber, the beautiful mountain peaks of this region will provide a challenging and exhilarating experience. Arm yourself with the best winter sports travel insurance ahead of time and then push yourself to the edge and beyond without a worry – here is a brief guide to both inform .. (Travel)

3 Historic Destinations for UK Study Tours Close to Home

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 Desiree Michels (November 24, 2017)  For teachers searching for school trip destinations that offer extensive educational prospects but are also highly accessible, there's no need to look further than our own doorstep. UK study tours to any of the fascinating and historically important sites around Britain provide a wealth of opportunities. Young minds are able to delve into a multi-layered history and discover the people, . (Travel)

School Trip Ideas for Smooth Planning

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 Desiree Michels (November 24, 2017)  Even for teachers with many years’ experience, the need to come up with original and inspiring school trip ideas can consume a lot of time in an already busy schedule. The pressure of creating an itinerary that is both educational and engaging is not easy and, when added to the task of putting all the organisational details in place, can seem like an overwhelming prospect. For .. (Travel)

3 Key Themes for UK Study Tours to London

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 Desiree Michels (November 24, 2017)  When experienced in the right way, the UK capital is one vast, immersive classroom in itself. UK study tours to London are the most engaging way for teachers to bring its vast cache of art, history and culture to life for students, and the opportunity to stimulate young hearts and minds beyond the classroom is both a pleasure and a privilege. UK Study Tours to London By its nature, .. (Travel)

Restoring the Past in Galapagos

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 Desiree Michels (November 23, 2017)  The Giant Tortoise is one of the most recognisable of all the animals of the Galapagos Islands. And, for nature lovers who opt for wildlife holidays in Galapagos, it is one of the most sought-after encounters. As with many other animals, however, despite its iconic status as the world's largest land tortoise, it has faced survival challenges, and today is extinct or near-extinct on some . (Travel)

Nature on Display: Tips for Photographing the Wildlife of Galapagos

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 Desiree Michels (November 23, 2017)  For wildlife lovers, Galapagos holidays are often a long-held dream and a true “bucket-list" experience. This remote archipelago off the coast of Ecuador is home to some of the most unique wildlife on Earth, and offers the opportunity for some very close encounters. For those who want to make the most of the chance to capture photographs of the animals, some specific tips from .. (Travel)

Great News for the Galapagos Penguins

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 Desiree Michels (November 23, 2017)  The wildlife of the Galapagos Islands has fascinated us since naturalist Charles Darwin brought them to the attention of the world through his groundbreaking voyage of discovery in the early 1800s. His research in the archipelago formed the basis of what was to become his revolutionary theory of natural selection. In later years, this group of islands off the coast of Ecuador has .. (Travel)

The Best Seats in the House on Our Italian Opera Cruise

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 Desiree Michels (November 20, 2017)  Italy is a land of passions: from delicious food to breath-taking music, the romance of this country enchants everyone who visits. Italian river cruises are one of the best ways to experience all that Italy has to offer from a unique perspective. European Waterways’ luxurious Italian Opera Cruise allows our guests to see some of the most beautiful parts of the country. We cruise .. (Travel)

River Oise: The Barge Cruise Guide

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 Desiree Michels (November 20, 2017)  Stretching 341 kilometres from Belgium down to the outskirts of Paris, the River Oise (pronounced ‘waz’) travels through some of northern France’s most historic landscapes, making it an ideal waterway for a barge holiday in France. Meandering its way past Renaissance châteaux and ancient forests, the gorgeous scenery of Val d’Oise was first made famous by .. (Travel)

It’s Wine O’Clock: Beaujolais Nouveau Day

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 Desiree Michels (November 20, 2017)  Sommeliers through the ages have been proponents of the phrase ‘Good things come to those who wait’. However, over the past five decades, a lovely red with an unusually short fermentation time has been taking the world by storm. Get your glasses at the ready because Beaujolais Nouveau Day is fast approaching! Cheap and Cheerful Once upon a time, Beaujolais Nouveau was the .. (Travel)

Top Up Your Family Ski Techniques!

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 Desiree Michels (November 11, 2017)  With the ski season just around the corner, why not whisk your family away for a real winter wonderland treat in the French Alps? A catered ski chalet provides all the mod cons and takes the hassle out of cooking, leaving you and your family with quality time together. Before you head out on your ski adventure read our top tips to help you and your little ones hone your skills or take .. (Travel)

Christmas Gifts for the Stylish Skier

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 Desiree Michels (November 11, 2017)  With the sound of jingle bells only a month and a half away, the countdown to Christmas is on. If the love of your life is a ski bunny why not treat them to a luxury ski gift? Surprise them with a romantic get-away to a cosy catered ski chalet in the heart of the French Alps. Alternatively, for those without a smaller budget to spare, we've come up with a list of luxury ski items which .. (Travel)

Get the Ultimate Big Air this Winter: Airboarding in La Plagne

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 Desiree Michels (November 11, 2017)  You can’t beat a great ski holiday with your mates, but it is important that you find somewhere that has a cool atmosphere, excellent skiing and plenty of variety to keep you entertained. I think that La Plagne is the perfect place for a group of mates looking for a good time: thanks to its welcoming villages, fantastic accommodation in the form of your own catered ski chalet and .. (Travel)

Make Tracks to "Rock the Tracks" in Morzine

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 Desiree Michels (November 10, 2017)  Pack Your Ski Gear and Festival Attire and Head to Morzine This March! As most keen skiers will know, Morzine is one of the most popular resorts in the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area, affording fantastic skiing throughout the entire region. Not only is it a really great place to be based, you can also expect some great entertainment at certain times of the year. Rock the Tracks . (Travel)

Effortless, Epic Mountaineering in Courmayeur

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 Desiree Michels (November 10, 2017)  Courmayeur is Major Fun for all the Family Originally built up around two age-old churches based at the foot of Mont Blanc, the Courmayeur of today is a beautiful old village soaked in history. Very charming but with all the mod-cons you’d expect from a family-friendly resort, it also offers great skiing. The slopes in the resort are more suited to intermediates, so families with .. (Travel)

Courchevel: Snowy Surprises for 2017 - 2018

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 Desiree Michels (November 10, 2017)  Crisp mountain air, the sun on your face, fresh snow at your feet… There’s nothing quite like a skiing holiday in the French Alps. With its huge network of pistes, buzzing après scene and wide range of accommodation options, the resort of Courchevel has something for everyone. The Resort The most important part of any ski holiday is, of course, the snow. In these .. (Travel)

Your Guide to Barging the Canal Bianco

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 Desiree Michels (November 08, 2017)  The rivers of Italy form an intrinsic part of the country's history, serving as vital trade routes for civilizations that encompassed the Etruscan and Istrian to the Roman and Renaissance. One of the better-known waterways is the Po River, the longest in the country. It follows a course of 405 miles from the Cottian Alps, through Turin and the Lombardy and Vento regions to empty into .. (Travel)

Secrets of the Seine: A Cruiser's Guide

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 Desiree Michels (November 08, 2017)  The renowned River Seine curves its way elegantly through the French countryside, slicing Paris down the middle before joining the English Channel at Le Havre. As the second longest river in the country (after the Loire), it has been the conduit for centuries of historical events, the challenge for inspirational feats of engineering and muse for many a creative soul. Today, the river .. (Travel)

The Gnarliest Waves at Nazareé, Portugal: Not For the Faint-Hearted

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 Desiree Michels (November 02, 2017)  The little Portuguese fishing village of Nazaré is a surfing hotspot during the summer months, but in winter only the real thrill-seekers stick around. One of these is undoubtedly Garrett McNamara, the big wave big boy from the US, who in 2011 broke the record for the biggest wave ever surfed and he smashed it right here in Nazaré. Big Names, Bigger Waves This monster .. (Travel)

Underwater Shipwrecks: The Most Dramatic of Dive Sites

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 Desiree Michels (November 02, 2017)  Whether you’re a seasoned diver or just starting out, there’s an undeniable romanticism and sense of adventure around wreck dives that you won’t be able to get elsewhere. The excitement builds while you’re in a speedboat zipping through the immense expanse of blue, wind whipping your hair and you into a frenzy. Often you’ll not spot any signs of .. (Travel)

Ready for the Road: The World’s Most Epic Motorcycling Routes

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 Desiree Michels (November 02, 2017)  Is there anything quite like seeing the world glide by from behind your motorcycle helmet visor? Nothing but you, your buddies and the open road. The unbelievable rush of roaring along Route 66 at a tidy 75 mph beats a lazy beach holiday any day of the week. For the ultimate rush of a roadtrip with just your bike, backpack and the road, give one of these epic adventure routes a go. .. (Travel)

Lose Yourself in Delft’s World Famous Pottery and Painting

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 Desiree Michels (November 01, 2017)  One thing is for certain: there is nothing in the world quite like Dutch art and craftsmanship. It’s no wonder, then, that Delft, a 750-year-old town, is so famous for its painting and pottery, which is why it makes the perfect final stop on the tour aboard Panache when you’re barging in Holland. When you lay your eyes on Delft’s historic streets and picturesque .. (Travel)

The Military Might of Burgundy: Château de Bazoches

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 Desiree Michels (November 01, 2017)  One of the best but frequently overlooked ways to see Europe’s sights is by water. There’s nothing like cruising in a hotel barge and immersing yourself in the local scenery and culture, especially when there’s so much to see all around you. Join us aboard L’Art de Vivre on a journey through Burgundy, and soak up some of the finest attractions that France has to .. (Travel)

Cruising the Highlands in Style: The Caledonian Canal

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 Desiree Michels (November 01, 2017)  There’s no beauty in the world quite like that of the Scottish Highlands. The rugged landscape will take your breath away and make you eager to see more. One of the best ways to explore the wild side of Scotland is by water, and the Caledonian Canal is the finest route of all. At 60 miles long, this waterway features 29 lochs, 10 bridges, 4 aqueducts and more incredible scenes of . (Travel)

Understanding the Weather of the Galapagos

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 Desiree Michels (October 30, 2017)  The Galapagos Islands are blessed with a climate that means there's never really a bad time to visit. Visitor numbers to each of the islands are strictly monitored by the national park conservancy, however, so most wildlife holidays in Galapagos tend to be in the same peak periods in order to minimise the impact on the habitat and animal species. While the archipelago is on the .. (Travel)

The Anatomy of an Archipelago

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 Desiree Michels (October 30, 2017)  For anyone with an interest in natural history, the group of islands collectively known as the Galapagos Archipelago is one of the most fascinating places on the planet. The region is renowned for its unique wildlife and the vital role it played in naturalist Charles Darwin's research, from which he developed his revolutionary Theory of Evolution. While the majority of visitors on .. (Travel)

Fast Facts on the Galapagos Islands

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 Desiree Michels (October 30, 2017)  The Galapagos Islands have long been a magnet to travellers interested in the ecology and geology of our natural world. This remote volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean lies around 1,000km off the coast of Ecuador and supports some of the most diverse habitats on the planet. There are 13 main islands and numerous smaller ones, each with its own distinct characteristics. For anyone .. (Travel)

The River Thames: A Guide to Barging

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 Desiree Michels (October 27, 2017)  The River Thames is the spine, the lifeblood and the main attraction of one of the best-known and historically important cities on the planet. But while the section that flows through London is certainly the most high profile, the 215 miles of the Thames slice England, stretching from the Cotswolds at Cirencester, through rural towns and villages to Oxford, London and finally emptying .. (Travel)

Cruising the Canal de Briare: a Barger’s Delight

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 Desiree Michels (October 27, 2017)  The picturesque Canal de Briare, which connects the valleys of the Seine and the Loire, is notable for a number of reasons apart from the delightful scenery through which it wends its way. A popular route for both private and commercial cruising vessels, the canal is renowned as one of the loveliest places for a barge holiday in France as well as being a highly impressive feat of .. (Travel)

A Barger’s Guide to the Canal du Nivernais

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 Desiree Michels (October 27, 2017)  Amongst the beautiful inland waterways of France, the Canal du Nivernais offers a scenic cruising route through the bucolic, history-laden landscape of Burgundy. Originally created as a feeder waterway along which to float firewood, today it has a very different incarnation as a popular route for the new breed of barge holidays in France. A Working Waterway The 174km-long Canal du .. (Travel)

All You Need to Know About the Canal de la Marne au Rhin

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 Desiree Michels (October 25, 2017)  For your next barge holiday in France, why not travel down the Canal de la Marne au Rhin and discover the wonders of Alsace-Lorraine. Its complex history has made it a beautiful crossroads of French and German culture, creating the iconic wooden-beamed houses, delicious Alsatian wines and even their very own dialect. There are a variety of landscapes to admire along the way too, .. (Travel)




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