A Moveable Feast

A leisurely continental breakfast then ensues, more often than not, enjoyed outside on the bow bench. A feast of freshly brewed coffee, breakfast teas, fruit juice, cereals, baguettes, croissants, pain au chocolat, ham, cheeses, jams, yogurt and maybe boiled eggs. Just what you need to set you up for the day.A typical day might begin as the smell of freshly brewing coffee wafts through the interior of the barge and breakfast thoughts tempt you from your slumber. After refreshing showers, one or more of us heads off on the bikes to the local boulangerie for day fresh breads and pastries. 

A leisurely continental breakfast then ensues, more often than not, enjoyed outside on the bow bench. A feast of freshly brewed coffee, breakfast teas, fruit juice, cereals, baguettes, croissants, pain au chocolat, ham, cheeses, jams, yogurt and maybe boiled eggs. Just what you need to set you up for the day.

Relax as Barge Nilaya cruises along at a sedate and relaxing 6 kphThe rest of the day is very much a moveable feast. We often (but not always) cast off and cruise for a few hours each morning, reaching the next overnight stop by about two o'clock. During this time, you can relax, help out Explore the towpaths and rural byways of France. Paris too was surprisingly cycle friendly! aboard or (where possible) walk or cycle the towpath alongside the canal. Often, you'll be able to walk faster than Barge Nilaya! Above all, the cruising time is about relaxation and absorbing the gorgeous scenery as we pass through it. Sometimes (but not always), we cruise in the afternoons and sometimes all day. Sometimes we even enjoy where we are so much that we decide to stay for an additional day. 

A light lunch will often be taken 'on the hoof' but more usually after mooring up for the day. This generally consists of freshly prepared salads, cheeses, cold meats, crusty local breads, pickles and time permitting a hot dish such as quiche Lorraine, tartiflette, The City of Compiegne ofter great shopping and the chance to really eat in style French fries or jacket spuds. All washed down with a nice glass of local wine.

In the afternoons, you are free to explore the new locale by foot, ships cycle or by maybe taking a bus, train or taxi to some nearby attraction should it take your fancy. Alternatively, you can simply laze around, soak up the sun, read, paint or sleep off the lunch!

If moored in some rural idyll miles from anywhere, we'll self cater aboard or organise a barbeque on the canal side. Dinner is a wonderful part of the day. After an early evening glass of wine or beer aboard, you might choose to head off to some agreeable little restaurant or cafe you discovered nearby. 

Other times, particularly if moored in some rural idyll miles from anywhere, we'll self cater aboard or organise a barbeque on the canal side. 

On many occasions, you get to know people on other craft, sometimes mooring in identical locations more than once. Impromptu parties are not unknown! On many occasions, you get to know people on other craft, sometimes mooring in identical locations more than once. Impromptu parties are not unknown!

Nilaya has a pretty comprehensively equipped galley, so you are welcome to grab yourselves produce from the local markets, rustle up meals, a cup of tea, make a sandwich or cook exactly as you please. Don't forgetExplore wonderful markets that you'll have to help with the washing up too!

It's your holiday,  so you can treat my barge as your own home away from home.

 

 

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Relaxing during the passage of a lock on the River Meuse

Enjoying a barbeque on the bank of the river Meuse at Montherme. Is that Dijon mustard he's toasting with??
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Enjoying a barbeque on the bank of the River Meuse at Montherme

Stunning reflections and a flat calm surface greet Barge Nilaya as we search out some idyllic rural mooring and site for the evenings BBQ
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Stunning reflections and a flat calm surface greet Barge Nilaya as we search out some idyllic rural mooring and site for the evenings BBQ 

At Givet on the French Belgian border we discover a great riverside auberge and enjoy a fabulous plate of moules mariniere for only 11 Euro's a head
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At Givet on the French Belgian border we discover a great riverside Auberge and enjoy a fabulous plate of moules mariniere for only 13 Euros a head

Barge Nilaya is far bigger than a UK narrowboat but tiny in comparison to the vast commercial barges that ply some European waterways
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My barge
is far bigger than a UK narrowboat but tiny in comparison to the vast commercial barges that ply some European waterways

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