Special plates from Les Puces, Lyon, France

As most of you will know, I am a collector of plates and kitchen equipment! It will therefore come as no surprise that on our recent visit to Lyon,we headed for the famous Les Puces, the very large, famous antique, ‘flea’, market on the outskirts of Lyon, rated as one of the biggest and best [...]

By | 2017-10-04T18:00:22+11:00 October 4th, 2017|Antique asparagus plates, Antique markets, antique scallop plates, Asparagus, France, Markets, Travel|Comments Off on Special plates from Les Puces, Lyon, France

Our last few days in Migennes, on the River Yonne, Burgundy

We arrived back at our winter base, always with sadness to finish the barging. Now it is the packing, cleaning, organising for the winterisation of the barge and our departures. We moored next to a lovely barge, Rysland, and met the delightful English, French, Swiss owner Sophie, who is the Captain and sometimes her own [...]

By | 2016-09-07T11:31:36+10:00 September 7th, 2016|Barging on the Betty B, Burgundy, Canal de Bourgogne, Culinary writing, France, French food|Comments Off on Our last few days in Migennes, on the River Yonne, Burgundy

Dinner at Hôtel de l’Est in Saint-Florentin in the Department of the Yonne, on the Canal de Bourgogne, France

It is a challenge finding a ‘perfect’ restaurant when you are barging along the canals. For me, this means a charming, pretty restaurant with a pleasant ambience and décor, with good quality, flavoursome, well-presented food, with a focus on the region; a small, quality wine list with a variety of price ranges; if you are [...]

By | 2016-12-07T19:32:13+11:00 August 31st, 2016|Barging on the Betty B, Burgundy, Canal de Bourgogne, Culinary Travel, France, France - wine, French food, French wine, Restaurants, Travel|Comments Off on Dinner at Hôtel de l’Est in Saint-Florentin in the Department of the Yonne, on the Canal de Bourgogne, France

The Canal de Bourgogne, Burgundy, on the Betty B

This season of May and August 2016, we started our journey from Auxerre, Burgundy where we intend to be for the next few years.  We barged north up the Yonne River and then we turned towards the east, at Migennes, to the Canal de Bourgogne.  We travelled along the Canal be Bourgogne for 74 kilometres [...]

By | 2016-12-07T19:32:13+11:00 August 31st, 2016|Barging on the Betty B, Burgundy, Canal de Bourgogne, France, Travel|Comments Off on The Canal de Bourgogne, Burgundy, on the Betty B

Our visit to le Château d’Ancy-le-Franc, in the little village of Ancy-le-Franc, Burgundy.

Burgundy is château country and we are fortunate to have two within easy walking distance of our canal.  Yesterday, we visited Le Château d’Ancy-le-Franc, in the little village of Ancy-le-Franc is an amazing Renaissance ‘palace’, built by the Italian architect Serlio who was the architect of Francois I. It was built for Count Antione III [...]

By | 2016-12-07T19:32:25+11:00 August 21st, 2016|Barging on the Betty B, Burgundy, Canal de Bourgogne, Chateau d'Ancy-le-Franc, France, Travel|Comments Off on Our visit to le Château d’Ancy-le-Franc, in the little village of Ancy-le-Franc, Burgundy.

Barging along the Canal de Bourgogne

It has been warm, hot really, with sunny, blue skies; absolutely marvellous. Makes you feel good when you wake to peaceful, warm mornings. The scenery is magnificent on this Canal de Bourgogne and we are enjoying every minute. It is said to be one of the most beautiful canal trips in France and it is [...]

By | 2016-08-18T20:35:48+10:00 August 18th, 2016|Barging on the Betty B, France, Travel|Comments Off on Barging along the Canal de Bourgogne

Back in France on the Betty B barging in Burgundy August 2016

Migennes and our dinner of cabillaud. Migennes, in Burgundy, is a short two hour drive south from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. We arrived at CDG on an early flight out of Hong Kong, with Michael feeling very poorly, collected the Europcar and off we went GPS directing us to Auxerre where we need to [...]

By | 2016-12-07T19:32:25+11:00 August 18th, 2016|Barging on the Betty B, Culinary Travel, France, Travel|Comments Off on Back in France on the Betty B barging in Burgundy August 2016

Dee Nolan’s wonderful book ‘A food lover’s pilgrimage to France…’, wine, food, history, people and produce along the way of St James

I loved everything about this book! ‘A food lover’s pilgrimage to France: from the vineyards of Burgundy to the mountains of the Basque country food, wine, walking and history on the French pilgrim paths to Santiago de Compostella’ - it is one of the best books I have ever read. Remember, in my former life, [...]

By | 2016-12-07T19:32:26+11:00 February 16th, 2016|Books, Culinary writing, France, France - wine, France and cooking, French food, French wine|Comments Off on Dee Nolan’s wonderful book ‘A food lover’s pilgrimage to France…’, wine, food, history, people and produce along the way of St James

Dining at La Coupole, on rue Montparnasse, Paris

Despite our great lunch at the Cristal room, we treated ourselves with another dinner out, as we could eat my lapin with calvados, apple cider and apples any night on the barge! La Coupole is one of the great Parisian brasseries of la belle époque’ and is the favourite of Celebrity English Chef, Rick Stein, [...]

By | 2017-01-10T11:08:12+11:00 January 26th, 2016|Culinary Travel, France, French food, Restaurants|Comments Off on Dining at La Coupole, on rue Montparnasse, Paris

Dining at the Cristal Room, Baccarat Museum, in Paris

John’s birthday lunch at the Cristal Room, Baccarat Museum. Michael has talked about taking me the Baccarat Cristal Room restaurant for a long time; usually our visits to Paris are too short. Now, we have time as we are staying for 3 nights in The Arsenal, the barge mooring, right in the centre of Paris, [...]

By | 2016-12-07T19:32:26+11:00 January 26th, 2016|Barging on the Betty B, Culinary Travel, France, France - wine, French food|Comments Off on Dining at the Cristal Room, Baccarat Museum, in Paris