One of my favorite trips ever was a barge cruise that I hosted in the south of France in July of 2015. Well, in case you missed that trip, you may have another chance. I’m considering another trip on the same barge on the same itinerary from Sete to Arles, September 1 – 7, 2017 (yes,… [Read More]
We set out to explore the Venice-like city of Sete by kayaking on its canals.
Sete, France, is a charming town with a flower market; an outdoor market (operating only on Wednesdays and where you’ll find everything from fresh produce, cheese and ham to infused olive oils and just-out-of-the-oven bread); and a covered market, particularly for seafood In this video, we get together with a local to tour the various… [Read More]
I don’t think I’ve ever docked more downtown than in Sete. Situated in France’s Languedoc region, the city is unique in that small ships tie up in the heart of the city, just steps away from all that Sete has to offer. In this series of photos, Seabourn Odyssey practically fills the dock. With such proximity… [Read More]
On Monday, I’ll begin a journey from Asheville to Arles, where I’ll play host to a small group as we explore the beautiful Languedoc-Roussillon region in the south of France — on a luxury barge. Wish you where there? Well, you had your chance didn’t you? Our trip begins in Arles, where we’ll spend two nights in a luxury… [Read More]
I believe in full transparency, and I have to tell you that putting together my first hosted trip has not been easy. Especially given the fact that I’m adding special experiences before and after the barge cruise — and dealing with French hotels and operators. They’ve been kind, patient and professional, but sometimes things get… [Read More]
I nearly fell out of my chair when I looked at today’s dollar-to-euro exchange rates. For the past few weeks, I’ve been writing about the plunging euro and the value that it presents for travelers to Europe. Today’s low, however, caught even me by surprise: A euro is now worth a measly US$1.07. I had predicted… [Read More]
Q. My wife and I will be be taking Silver Spirit from Monte Carlo to Barcelona in July. Based upon your experience, what excursions would you recommend at each stop? We are big city people who are interested in atypical things to do or any tips to consider. Avid Cruisers: Been to any of the ports… [Read More]