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Canal boat getting inside a lock
17 December 2015

Locks enable any boat to rise or descend several metres, with no effort involved, simply by displacing water. The first lock, as we know it, between the River Ourcq and the Seine, was the invention of Leonardo da Vinci at the beginning of the 16th century. It turned out to be an indispensable aid to boat traffic along waterways. 

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Locaboat canal boat in the heart of Ireland
04 December 2015

Ireland is fascinating in many different ways. With its luxuriant green landscapes, lakes and Celtic heritage, this country has so much to offer visitors. Ireland was never conquered by the Romans and so for eight hundred years it remained one of the most dynamic centres of Celtic culture, until the 6th century when it was converted to Christianity by Saint Patrick.

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Fisherman in the middle of Ireland
19 November 2015

We are three brothers, aged 25, 23 and 18. We’d never been away on holiday before, just the three of us without our parents.

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Explore Champagne Ardennes on a boat
05 November 2015

This year’s boating season is nearly over, but why not hire a self-drive boat for next season from the Pont-à-Bar base and explore the lovely Champagne-Ardenne countryside? 

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Saint-Cirq Lapopie,the most beautiful village of France in 2012
22 October 2015
To explore the Lot valley, take advantage of the new base in Cahors for your canal boat holidays. It’s the ideal place to start discovering the region’s special tourist attractions!

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Boating holidays in Burgundy during the harvest season
08 October 2015

In September and October, the grape harvest is in full swing. And 2015 promises to be an exceptional year, as the whole Burgundy region has had ideal climatic conditions this summer - heatwave temperatures during July followed by just the right amount of rain to push the grapes to optimum maturity.

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Spend your holidays in Alsace
30 July 2015

They love a party in Eastern France! There are festivals and entertainments, markets and concerts throughout the summer. It’s a packed calendar of events that you can see for yourself when you take a Locaboat holiday for your holidays in Alsace.

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Enjoy the amazing gastronomie of the south western France
17 July 2015

Everyone knows the South-West is one of the best regions in France for fine dining. Foie gras, duck breast, vin bourru (unfermented wine), Armagnac, walnuts from Quercy, cep mushrooms, strawberries, melons, greengages – you can find plenty of everything here. We’ve suggested a few unmissable stopovers for your next Locaboat trip.

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Gastronomic holidays in Burgundy
02 July 2015

The land of epicureans, Burgundy in France is one of the best known regions for river and canal cruising, and especially for the gastronomic treasures on offer: snails, coq au vin, delicious cheese-filled pastries, Charolais beef and truffles to name just a few. Burgundy is definitely a place to tickle the taste buds of the most discerning palate. A relaxing way to enjoy the delicious products from this region is to take a Locaboat trip with family or friends, and go with the flow as you head for your next culinary destination.

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Boating holidays in Italy
12 June 2015

When people talk about the Po estuary it usually conjures up images of a flat, boring landscape. Well, that couldn’t be more wrong: the Po delta has a wealth of rice fields, stunning natural landscapes and Renaissance art treasures, including several UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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Spend your holidays in Poland aboard a Penichette
05 June 2015

Mazuria... could you find it on the map? And yet it's one of the wildest, most beautiful regions in Europe, Poland's 'green lung', not far from the Russian border, a place that’s also called the 'land of 1,000 lakes'.

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Camargue holidays on a Penichette
21 May 2015

Jeanine Guichard and her partner have been travelling up and down France’s canals on Locaboat pénichettes© for the past ten years or so. Jeanine tells us how their last trip to the south of France was a chance to rediscover their own region.

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Canal boats cruising on the canal in French Burgundy
04 May 2015

As a journalist I sometimes write for Locaboat’s blog, interviewing regular customers about their trips on a pénichette®. This time, it was my turn to discover the joys of a weekend on the water. After spending three days sailing between Joigny and Saint Florentin, it all seemed much more real!

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self-drive boats in the south of france
17 April 2015

There are times when you just need a few days away from the daily grind. There’s no need to travel to the ends of the earth or take a year off to get back on track: just a weekend on a Pénichette© barge could be the ideal solution to recharge your batteries!

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18 March 2015

Now that the new Locaboat base at Mâcon is open, canal cruises along the river Saône to Lyon given you the chance to enjoy nature, gourmet foods, relaxation and culture, thanks to a calendar of events that shouldn’t be missed.

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06 March 2015

In 2015, Locaboat is offering you new destination departing from Killinure Point our new base in Ireland where you will be warmly welcomed by the Quigley Family.

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04 March 2015

Marcel Colomb and his partner Marie-Claire, a Swiss couple from the Neuchâtel area, have been faithful fans of Locaboat canal barge holidays since the 1980s.

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18 February 2015

Locaboat’s season starts in mid-March. So why not get off to an early start to make the most of this wonderful season? Just look at the advantages of choosing Spring for your canal barge holidays...

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04 February 2015

Get ready: there are some surprises in store for 2015 at our new Mâcon base!

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21 January 2015

Sophie Pasquet has three teenage children. For their family barge holidays, she and her husband have been faithful customers of Locaboat for nearly 15 years.

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07 January 2015

Ireland, a beautiful Celtic country full of stories and legends, is awaiting you for a mysterious and cosy barge trip along the river Shannon. Hurry now and discover the new Locaboat base in Killinure Point !