Aboard the Hotel barge Rosa..a Journey of a Lifetime

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truly a wonderful adventure awaits all who take the six day cruise aboard Hotel barge Rosa....a superb way to enjoy the pleasures of nature, fabulous cuisine, local wines and cheese...it is a Journey of a Lifetime

Pleasures aboard Hotel barge Rosa...

For those who love great food and wine; being catered to like kings and queens and enjoy the peace of a journey along the quiet waterways of France then a stay aboard the refurbished Hotel barge Rosa is definitely the way to go.

Recently I spent six heavenly nights and fun filled days travelling along the Canal de Garonne in this wonderful restored Dutch ‘Clipper’ barge ably manned by a crew of four: a most knowledgeable captain, master chef, tour guide and housekeeper all who took excellent care of us.

There are four staterooms, two with double beds and two with twin beds each with full en-suite facilities and the barge is air conditioned throughout. There is a roomy lounge where you can relax after dinner or before with a cocktail as I so often did! The dining area with its large table is where incredible cuisine is served by master chef Mike Crowson whose passion for France and creating delicious cuisine has prevented him from participating in the Master Chef TV program and having been fortunate enough to enjoy his super offerings at lunch and dinner for six incredible days, I am glad he stayed on the barge Rosa!

Pleasures of Canal de Garonne

Alongside the Canal de Garonne trees and bushes grow in glorious profusion - broom, acacia scenting the air and the waters reflect the gifts of Mother Nature. Each day brings different treasures to enjoy – the fluctuation of the waters in the lochs; colourful assortments of yachts and barges wending their way; and families of ducks paddle by quacking up a storm! There is a great variety of bird life coming and going along the waterway all of which add another note to the scale of pleasure a journey such as this entails.

The deck lounge is a great way to relax and watch the world go by or else you can bicycle along the canal paths…I loved to walk early in the morning and pick the wild flowers that grew everywhere. Sometimes lunch and dinner are served on the deck especially if the days are warm and the nights balmy…to look up at the stars and see falling comets in the sky early evening is most enjoyable.

Captain Dominique took us on side trips to small medieval cities, wine estates and the Armagnac distillery. Each morning very early he goes to a nearby village to purchase freshly baked breads, pastries and fruits for our breakfast. We visited Montauban and a fabulous produce market where we wandered with chef Mikey as he purchased meat, fish, eggs and salads to make into tempting treats for our meals. He took us to a small café to drink coffee and munch on croissants and brioche before returning to our home aboard our beautiful barge. Mikey’s knack of titillating our taste buds was superb. No wonder Rick Stein went aboard to feature Rosa in his successful television series on a French Odyssey!

One special evening our Captain Dominique took us to a brasserie to enjoy typical French cuisine although I did much prefer our onboard chef and his marvelous concoctions. Also the many and superb varieties of local cheeses and wines which our housekeeper described to perfection and we imbibed to our heart’s content.

Along with Anjodi, Rosa was featured in the hugely successful television
series, Rick Stein’s French Odyssey. Without doubt a trip aboard Rosa is a heavenly experience. One you will never forget and return to enjoy again and again. Truly a journey of a lifetime!

Nature along the canal and visits


Further down canal we wander
light and sound is everywhere
Peace and quiet
tranquillity

trees reach out their verdant branches
birds trill merrily
folk along path walk
enjoying Nature at her best

Yesterday a visit to Chateau Gouderville
Building commenced in 1100's
through 14th 16th carried on
almost to present day
now a hotel.
wonderful place to stay

each floor. ascended to by twisting stairwell
up and up and up you go
a grand four poster awaits you
frolic with man of the moment
mmmhhhh!
if you will

round many bends
barge Rosa doth go
come with me!

Further Odyssey along Canal de Garonne

Sun shines warmly overhead
Rosa down Garonne plies
early morning found us all
sipping coffee in Montauban
stuffing croissants in our tums

back on barge Rosa
on our way to Pommevic
I walked and ran 3.8 km
along canal path
lots of wild plants agrowing
and many birds in sky

chattering away greeting with me
another perfect day
no clouds in a blue blue heaven
a paradise

soon this cruise will be over
many happy memories
then onto Cava i will go
spend time with a very precious lady
whose books of Life i share so well

will visit many special places
perhaps have lived there before
i certainly will let you know!

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I have been writing on food, wine, travel, cosmic creation and erotica for over 30 years I do horoscopes and numerology and light readings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Jul 2015 (#)

Thanks dear Carolina for this fantastic write up. Looks like heaven on earth - what else do we want?

You were missed Carolina, so welcome back and expecting more like in the past - siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
3rd Jul 2015 (#)

thank you so much dear Siva...will try but cannot promise...loving to you dear friend....

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
3rd Jul 2015 (#)

I wondered where you've been. Now I know, and I'm green with envy.

Great post Carolan. Thank you.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
3rd Jul 2015 (#)

thank you darlin Steve...i called you the other day but you were not there...blessings xxxx

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
3rd Jul 2015 (#)

I enjoyed reading your piece. I liked the way the captain took special interest and looked after the guests. This is preferrable to the cruise ships except the range of the barge is limited.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
3rd Jul 2015 (#)

Carolina, I loved your article. What a delightful trip. Thank you for sharing it with all of us. I'm personally so happy that you got to spend such a wonderful time enjoying a beautiful place. I missed you and I'm glad you are back in the states. Hugs to you.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
3rd Jul 2015 (#)

hugs to you dearest Nancy...blessings too xxxx

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author avatar Helen Thomas
6th Jul 2015 (#)

A most enjoyable read ~ Carolina. Sounds like a really wonderful vacation.

Thanks for sharing.

Blessings.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
6th Jul 2015 (#)

thank you Helen..

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author avatar snerfu
7th Jul 2015 (#)

Good to know that there are things under the skies that are akin to heaven.
Almost missed your poetry.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
7th Jul 2015 (#)

well you can read lots on Google Plus under carolan nathan...nice to see you snerfu...

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author avatar spirited
7th Jul 2015 (#)

Nice to read about your travels Carolina.

So much there to stimulate the senses, and memories.

We all need some injections of new life like that sometimes.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
7th Jul 2015 (#)

yes we do....bless you dear spirited...

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author avatar Ptrikha
8th Jul 2015 (#)

Wow! Great description, and I would love to be here. If only you could sponsor my visit there :)

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
8th Jul 2015 (#)

thank you dear Ptrikha...

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author avatar Carol
9th Jul 2015 (#)

Oh Carolina I have missed you, but I can see you had a great holiday. Such a beautiful account, and lovely images. Xx

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
9th Jul 2015 (#)

i miss you and many of my very dear friends here...but it is so moody this site and keeps losing my posts...am much more proficient on Google Plus now...love you lots dear Carol...xxx

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
10th Jul 2015 (#)

Awesome post Carito what a good time you had XOXO!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
10th Jul 2015 (#)

yes i did for sure...stay in touch dear Fern...xxxx

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author avatar Kingwell
22nd Jul 2015 (#)

One of your best. I loved it. Blessings.

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author avatar Inês Gonçalves
27th Jul 2015 (#)

cnwriter..carolina can you tell me how to put the images on the posts? :)

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
27th Jul 2015 (#)

i will Ines...but am working till the 28th...after that will do..take care...

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