Saturday, April 20, 2013

Barging in Europe...

As if I didn't need any other temptations, now I'm tossing around the idea of taking a barge cruise through Ireland or possibly France.  I had already been watching French Country Waterways' Web site for some time, but their prices seemed a bit out of our reach.  They also only do cruises in France.  I would love to do a French river cruise sometime, but I think I might want to visit Ireland first, since I have no real memories of ever going there (if, in fact, I did).  I lived in England in the 70s, but I was  a wee lass at the time and don't remember everything about the experience.

But then I started looking at European Waterways, which offers French cruises, but also has barging in Ireland, Germany and Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Belgium, Scotland, and Italy.  Barging is different, really, than regular cruises.  The vessels are very small and intimate, with only about a dozen people or so at a time, sometimes more, sometimes less.  And you travel at a very slow pace... slow enough that you could get off the barge and walk if you wanted to, easily keeping up.  It's all inclusive and informal, yet the food is supposed to be very good.

I sent a request for a brochure and got an email, which came with a video.  I must admit, it tempted me.


Of course, yesterday, I got an EOB from my dental insurance provider.  The fuckers denied my claim for payment for my cleaning and exam.  I think it's bullshit and plan to raise hell about it.  Met Life Dental sucks, though.  It actually makes me miss United Concordia.

Anyway, back to the subject at hand...  I showed the video to Bill and he was delighted.  We might just do this.


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