A hotel-barge trip in France better than a cruise

Posted on Sunday, Mar 20, 2016
The captain and deckhand swiftly dismantle the roof and windows of the boat's boxy, raised wheelhouse as an ancient stone bridge comes into view. We crouch and duck our heads; the vessel just barely fits underneath. Beyond, the boat slips serenely along on a ribbon of green under a shady canopy of plane trees. At the occasional break in the foliage, we spot a tall church spire, sprawling vineyards, and the distant snowy peaks of the Pyrenees.