Ceramics and Châteaus: Discover Genteel Gien

Ceramics and Châteaus: Discover Genteel Gien

There’s little doubt that an essential element of all barge holidays in France is being able to dock at the myriad towns and villages that line the waterways and entice visitors in with their charms. As part of the itinerary of the hotel barge Renaissance, guests will be able to see the sights of Gien, renowned for its pottery and royal château.
Finding your Bearings

 

Prior to diving into the town, it is well worth disembarking on the south bank to take in the attractions of Gien all at once: from this vantage point, you can savour the spectacle of the river as it passes below the eighteenth-century bridge, under the watchful gaze of the sixteenth-century château.

Not even the loss of much of Gien’s historic buildings during World War II can detract from the pleasant view. Indeed, the painstaking and very convincing post-war reconstruction has done much to bury these ghosts of the past.

Marvel at Gien’s Pottery

Cultural exploration is an integral part of our barge holidays. In France, there are always abundant opportunities for the discerning traveller to discover regional produce, and Gien is no exception. The town has crafted a fine reputation for the calibre of its pottery, in particular for its Faïence pottery. Production began when Thomas Hall, an Englishman from Stoke-on-Trent who was intent on bringing high-quality English earthenware to France, established a factory in 1821.

In deciding to base his enterprise in Gien, Hall chose wisely, capitalising on the town’s physical amenities. The Sologne forest, which is in close proximity to Gien, provided a ready source of wood for the kilns. What’s more, the Loire granted access to markets throughout France (until water travel was superseded by the railways), in addition to providing sand and water for making clay.

While production continues to this day, the factory has also taken on a new guise as a museum dedicated to telling the story of the industry and shedding light on the making of these exquisite ceramics.

A Château Fit for Kings and Queens

There’s one more attraction that certainly merits a visit before you return to the hotel barge. Holidays in France are rarely complete without sojourning for a while at a château, and Gien’s has certainly welcomed its fair share of royal visitors. This elegant edifice was constructed for the use of Anne de Beaujeu, the daughter of Louis XI, in the final years of the fifteenth century. Future guests included Henri II and his wife Catherine de Médici, as well as Louis XIV, the famous ‘Sun King’.

Despite being bombed during World War II, the château was successfully restored. Since 1952, it’s housed a museum, which is dedicated to the most royal of pastimes: hunting. Through paintings, sculptures and an array of weapons and trophies from successful forays, the museum details how hunting and its depiction has developed through the centuries.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury barge holidays in France. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.

All You Need to Know About the Canal de la Marne au Rhin

All You Need to Know About the Canal de la Marne au Rhin

For your next barge holiday in France, why not travel down the Canal de la Marne au Rhin and discover the wonders of Alsace-Lorraine. Its complex history has made it a beautiful crossroads of French and German culture, creating the iconic wooden-beamed houses, delicious Alsatian wines and even their very own dialect. There are a variety of landscapes to admire along the way too, including rolling vineyards, breathtaking mountains and historical cities.
Length and Route

 

The Canal de la Marne au Rhin is a 313-kilometre-long stretch of water that links Paris to Alsace and Germany. An excellent route for a barge holiday in France starts in Vitry-le-François and continues towards the historic town of Bar-le-Duc. You can then travel down towards Nancy, first passing through Toul, to finish a little beyond the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

History and Feats of Engineering

Completed in 1855, the Canal de la Marne au Rhin posed a few major issues to the engineers who designed it – mainly, how to pass through the Vosges mountains and reach the Col de Saverne. Initially the canal was made to rise gradually by passing through a seventeen-lock ladder, which would create a 44-metre level change over 4 kilometres. This technique was used until 1969, at which time it was replaced by the Saint Louis Arzviller inclined plane. With this new system, the barge enters a large caisson and is either lifted or lowered up or down the slope thanks to a counter balancing weight. On a barge holiday in France with European Waterways, you’ll be 1 of 39 barges to use it. It should take about 20 minutes to complete the full journey (including entering and exiting the caisson). It is an ingenious system that uses very little electricity and only requires two men to monitor it.

Attractions en Route

Following the Canal de la Marne au Rhin lets you explore all the Alsace-Moselle region has to offer. You won’t want to pass up on the opportunity of discovering the Lehrer Crystal Glassworks once you have passed over the Arzviller slope, or of exploring the historical city of Strasbourg and taking a tour around the renowned family-run Meteor Brewery when you reach Alsace. The Lehrer Crystal Glassworks lets you immerse yourself in the world of glassblowing as you watch experts craft and cut fine glass. Once you’ve ticked that off your list, I’d recommend visiting the Cathedral in Strasbourg, with its gorgeous Gothic-style architecture, its beautifully detailed stained-glass windows and intricately carved gargoyles. There are 332 steps to climb to reach the top, but the view from up there is well worth the effort. You should also have a wander around the windy streets of La Petit France to see the picturesque Alsatian houses lined with colourful geraniums. You can then head to the Meteor Brewery. It offers guided tours on which you’ll learn the six complex stages of creating and blending that goes into making the unique flavour of this 400-year-old beer. It wouldn’t be a barge holiday in France without a little culture!

French Cruise Secrets: Marne River

French Cruise Secrets: Marne River

River Marne has inspired artists, such as Cézanne and Pissarro, for many years, and continues to inspire everyone who meets today. Barging vacations in France are an ideal way to experience the rich history of Marne, as well as learn more about technical accomplishments that help make it an important trade route across the country. French Cruise Secrets: Marne River
To the Seine: The River Marne Basics

The French waterway is 514 kilometers long and starts in the Langres highlands. The river headed west, joining the famous Seine Seine in the upper reaches of Paris. On its way through the French countryside, Marne passes through a captivating location like Meaux – famous for its ‘Prince of Cheese’ brie – and Jouarre village, home to a stunning 12th century Benedictine monastery. Along with its centuries-old heritage, this French region has an impressive wine-growing tradition. French Cruise Secrets: Marne River

The oldest lotus in France?

The Canal de Cornillon at Meaux was built about 800 years ago at the beginning of the 13th century. This canal is the oldest in France and built as a 500m short cut, bypassing a very generous watering river. In the nineteenth century, Marne became an important trade route, connecting Paris with the eastern rivers, therefore many lateral canals were built to aid its navigation. The most impressive canal is the 64-kilometer Canal latéal à la Marne, which handles a height difference of over 30 meters with 15 keys.

What to Look For in Barge Vacations in France

If you are lucky enough to sail along Marne during your barge vacation in France, there are some sites you should not miss. The countryside around the river was very important in the second world war. In fact, Château-Thierry – best known for its multiple war graves and warnings – is at the center of the last German attack on WW1. Visit the funeral that runs in Belleau Wood, which was established in honor of the 4th Marine Brigade of the 2nd Army Division of the U.S. The remains of the nearby trenches and shell holes serve as a visual reminder of the battles that occurred in this area.

With a lighter note, you should visit the delightful city of Epernay – the Champagne capital (the drink!). The famous Avenue de Champagne is lined with impressive mansions and is home to the region’s most prestigious wine producers, if not the world. You’ll find people like Moët et Chandon, Mercier, Veuve Clicquot, Pol Roger and de Castellane. As you roam around town remember that over 200 underground cave miles are under your feet. Sprinkled with some of the world’s most whiny bubbly, some of these cellars are open for tours, a wonderful introduction to the Champagne magic world.

Perhaps this glimpse of Marne River culture and history has encouraged you to venture into its waters for the next barge vacation in France. French Cruise Secrets: Marne River

Paul Newman is a Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider if you are looking for a complete luxury barge vacation in France or other great destinations. Part of an experienced barge team, Paul first queued to support a slow-paced barging cruise facility for anyone looking for a unique holiday experience. French Cruise Secrets: Marne River

Introduce Students to the Most Beautiful Places on Earth

Introduce Students to the Most Beautiful Places on Earth

For children of all ages, the opportunity to enter the fantasy world filled with the fun of the “happiest places on earth” is fascinating. The Disneyland® Paris school trip offers a hard-to-match experience of fun, but for teachers charged with the organization, it can be influenced by the logistical challenges of a passionate 30 youngsters at one of the busiest amusement parks in the world. Introduce Students to the Most Beautiful Places on Earth
Make Most of the magic moments

As one of the most visited tourist parks on the planet, this is not just a matter of counting the heads of students, transporting them across the Straits and directing them toward attractions. Disneyland® Paris school trips require planning and thought when things go well and every member of the group has time in their lives.

Understand the Group as Individual

Along with the standard information collected on the consent form, understanding the child as an individual is very important. This includes not only medical data on epilepsy, asthma or motion sickness, but also causes problems such as fear of darkness or altitude, and vertigo. With this knowledge, it is easier to identify rides or attractions that do not fit. Introduce Students to the Most Beautiful Places on Earth

Planning is Paramount

One of the most valuable tools for those responsible for planning schedules is the interactive map, which can be downloaded from Park’s website. Its functionality allows the bird’s eye view from the layout to determine the location of the facility, and filters to narrow the attractions of age and interests accordingly to save time.

Know the layout

Understanding the basic thematic layout of the Park is very important. Each of the five areas has unique nuances, and how long is allocated to each will depend entirely on the needs and desires of the group.

• Main Street: The first meeting through a revolving door takes visitors and drops them straight to the United States of the nineteenth century. This is where the Disney Magic parade takes place and that is also the point of departure of the steam train.

• Frontierland: Wild West lives in Frontierland; from a trip of Thunder Mountain that stops by heart, to the gentle sensation of paddling around a large man-made lake.

• Adventureland: Is there a living child who is not fascinated by stories of pirates and adventurers in and off the high shore? Adventureland wait!

• Fantasyland: For the younger group, the miracle of the Princess Bedroom is the beginning of all these fantasy fantasies.

• Discoveryland: As for older pupils, discovering the world of lasers and futuristic space travels is exciting and even thrilling!

Visiting Walt Disney Studios® Park is another highlight for the group. It houses not only for the many cinematographic and animation technologies that are fascinating, but also for the fastest and most thrilling ride in the National Park: Rock-n-Roller Coaster.

The perfect accommodation is Vital

When children are involved, choosing the right accommodation is essential. Important points to look for are accessibility to this site (with a free shuttle bus to take the kids to and from the Park), and interesting themes to ensure the magic survives even after the end of the day.

There are several more popular visits than the Disneyland® Paris school trip. Committing to an early-focused action plan within the organization will ensure that the experience is the same as teacher fulfillment as well. Introduce Students to the Most Beautiful Places on Earth

John Gardiner is Managing Director of The School Travel Company, a tour operator specializing in Disneyland Paris school trips and educational tours for school and youth groups to England, Europe and beyond. As a father and avid traveler, John is keen to provide students with a valuable and exciting learning experience outside the classroom. By sharing expert advice with teachers, he allows them to inspire their students and continue their studies into life. Introduce Students to the Most Beautiful Places on Earth

Live in the Dry Season in the Galapagos

Live in the Dry Season in the Galapagos

Usually, the word “dry season” conjures up arid vision, inadequate. But for the outlying islands of the Galapagos Islands, the dry season is nothing boring.
Unlike some other destinations around the world, the dry moon is actually an ideal time for nature lovers to start a wildlife voyage in the Galapagos. It does not experience a typical tropical climate, and between July and December is actually a time of great activity, migration and breeding. Live in the Dry Season in the Galapagos

What Happens During The Dry Moon?

The archipelago has two distinct seasons: dry and wet. The season here is directly influenced by the cold Humboldt Current, which mixes with warm water from the equatorial currents and causes the rich nutrients (from Humboldt) to rise to the surface. During the dry period of six months, currents are driven toward the island by prevailing trade winds, which have a profound effect on local ecology.

Animal Sea Abundance

With an abundant supply of food, marine life is growing rapidly at this time. Along with the number of fish that can be seen in shallow waters, the population of sharks, octopi, rays and crustaceans swells to a greater proportion. For sea turtles, this is the time of breeding in the prime and December marking the start of their nesting season. Live in the Dry Season in the Galapagos

High Height

The height of various volcanic islands means, even in the dry months, there is significant rainfall in some areas. On the plateau, the drizzle and mist of moist known as Garúa is a constant presence and, while under the conditions at the bottom is quite arid, fertile and tropical highlands. Therefore, large numbers of animals – like the Giant Turtles – migrate to higher ground for food. While this seasonal movement occurs on a smaller scale than Africa’s “big migration”, it is the same principle. To find very active wildlife, most trips to wildlife voyages in the Galapagos at this time of the year will include trips to several island plateaues.

Breeding time

Surprisingly, temperatures are lower during the dry months, and during this cold weather many species choose to breed. It is very common among bird species and, when their young are hatched, large numbers of small fish in the surrounding waters serve as a reliable source of food. Boobies, Frigate and Flightless Cormorants begin their marriage early in the dry season, and their numbers increase as the gliders begin to appear in the following months.

Other species that have a higher profile during this breeding period are the unique Lava lizards, migrant sharks, flamingoes, sea lions, penguins, whales and dolphins.

Dry Moon End

At the end of December, as the Humboldt Current slows and rises in temperature, there is a shift in wildlife activity that is clear as the second season of the archipelago – a wet approach. For those planning a wildlife voyage in the Galapagos, no time in a year is a bad time, but the dry season can be a fun and enjoyable time to visit.

Live in the Dry Season in the Galapagos

 

Make your trip awesome with Spirit airlines free baggage policy

Make your trip awesome with Spirit airlines free baggage policy

Spirit airlines is one of the largest airlines of United States which proffer luxurious. Spirit airlines is mostly known for its best in class traveling features. Spirit airlines cover domestic and international destinations to the various countries. All three kinds of cabin classes are provided by the Spirit airlines such as First class, Business class and Economy class. Passengers can dial Spirit airlines phone number to get more information on Spirit airlines.
What size bag can you carry on Spirit airlines for free?

 

Are you traveling in Spirit airlines first time? But don’t have any knowledge about its baggage policy? Then don’t be tensed. Spirit airlines proffer cost effective baggage policy to the passengers. But there are some restrictions behind the free baggage policy of Spirit airlines. You contact Spirit airlines customer service to know more about on baggage restrictions. You can also read the below information regarding Spirit airlines baggage allowance which is given below:

· Spirit airlines permits 1 personal item such as purse, laptop bag and briefcase. · Each item should not exceed the size 56x46x25 cm including handles and wheels. · Every bag fit in the overhead bin. · For personal item should not exceed the limit 102 cm. · An umbrella, jacket, diaper bag, child food do not count in carry on allowance.

If you are not capable to understand the above baggage policy of Spirit airlines, then contact Spirit airlines booking number to avail relevant information from the certified service representatives. They will provide better information on Spirit airlines baggage policy within simple manner. You can also book your flight ticket with the help of these representatives. There is no time to contact on this number, you can dial this number at 24/7 hours across the globe.

On Moving My Thoughts Explained

On Moving My Thoughts Explained Instructions Of Making Sure Your Moving Is Convenient

Moving can cause a lot of worries even in situations when you are just going across the town. Nevertheless, ; there are certain things you can undertake to ensure that moving is simple for you and the family also. The following tips have been highlighted to make sure that you do not get stressed on your moving day. Through the accompanying of these tips, the subsequent stage you will take will be simple.
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You ought to obtain some expert aid. Among the best methods of lessening stress at the time of moving is by hiring a moving firm. There are plenty of firms which can be of help when you are moving. Nevertheless, prior to proceeding with employing a moving firm, you have to make sure that you shop around and acquire the most reasonable price. This will be very much important in helping you spare some cash, and many moving firms will give you a free quote. Expert movers usually have all the equipment that is required and useful to make sure that your moving is simple as well as stress-free.

You need to guarantee that you prepare. This will guarantee that you decrease the anxiety that could come your way. By hiring a moving firm and setting a day for the work, the work will be reduced significantly. Having a plan in advance ensures that on the material day, you will get someone to help you. A majority of moving companies are usually booked many weeks ahead and therefore, you need to ensure that you make a booking like thirty days in advance. Additionally, you need to ensure that you get everything ready prior to the material day. That means that you will be required to do all the packing for your items and label them before the moving company comes to your house. This will be a great step in saving you time as well as money On Moving My Thoughts Explained.

You should use quality packing supplies. After planning your moving day and contacting the moving firm, you need to start packing. Although you can look for somebody to do the packing for you, it saves money to do it by yourself. While doing the packing, guarantee that you purchase quality packing supplies. The packing materials will make sure that your things are safe and will ensure that they do not break. This simple step will guarantee that you are not worried as you realize that your things will get to the new home securely. However, if you skimp on supplies, you might be put in a position where you will have to deal will the cost of making a replacement for the broken items.

What Has Changed Recently With Experts

What Has Changed Recently With Experts Five Steps to Keep Your Premise in Great Condition

If you own a home, you have to ensure that it is always in the best hygienic conditions at all times. Frequent home cleaning is the single strategy of ascertaining that your living space doesn’t get infested with a harmful pest that establishes a permanent habitat that will initiate a lot of damages to your property decreasing its value significantly. There are specific ways that you can apply in cleaning your home. You can utilise a cleaning organisation or play out the errand. The latter is better when you are experiencing a major issue in your home like a pest infestation which you would have avoided by personally cleaning the house by yourself often. When you experience a high pest infestation, you will need to get in touch with pest control near concord nc so that you can eliminate the pest menace affecting your home. Before resorting to pest control near concord nc, you can apply some effective preventive measure to ensure that you are in the secure range. In this article, I will discuss various strategies that can be applied to ensure that your house is sparkling clean and you don’t have to get in touch with pest control near concord nc. What Has Changed Recently With Experts

The ideal approach to guarantee that you diminish lessen the work of cleaning your house is by setting off to each room at a particular time. If you wish to establish a conducive cleaning environment and prevent the calling up of pest control near concord nc, you must ascertain that your house only holds what you need and you throw away all the irrelevant stuff since they harbour dust and pests. Go from room to room and start searching for anything that you feel isn’t necessary and needs to get disposed as you also do some routine cleaning operations. When you perform the cleaning operations from room to room, you lessen your cleaning burden and prevent the need for pest control near concord nc. As I have mentioned above, get rid of the possession that you don’t desire and create a free, air circulating environment where cleaning operations will be easy. Thirdly, ensure that you perform frequent pest control operations in your home by getting in touch with pest control near concord nc so that you hold them at bay. Nothing is humiliating like getting pest all over your house. What Has Changed Recently With Experts

Fourthly, you can employ the services of an expert cleaning company. You can connect with pest control near concord nc, which are among the expert organisations available. Lastly, when designing your house make sure that you incorporate a design that you are comfortable with and are sure will give you a smooth time when cleaning your house. If you abide by the above guidelines, you will have a clean home. What Has Changed Recently With Experts

3 Historic Destinations for English Learning Tour Close to Home

3 Historic Destinations for English Learning Tour Close to Home

For teachers looking for school trip destinations that offer broad educational prospects but are also easily accessible, there is no need to look beyond our own threshold. England studying a tour to one of the fascinating and historically important sites throughout the UK provides many opportunities. Young minds are able to explore the history of layers and find the people, places and communities that have shaped our culture for thousands of years.
Study tours in the UK may include places of education suitable for students of all ages and can be tailored to particular curriculum learning. Primary school students can in particular benefit from visiting three historic destinations which, in some cases, may be only short train trips from the class. 3 Historic Destinations for English Learning Tour Close to Home

The Tudor Heritage of Stratford

England studying a tour to Stratford-upon-Avon enables students at any level of insightful curriculum about the lives and lives of playwrights whose influence still permeates the structure of our society. Exploring the history of Tudor about the birth of William Shakespeare not only brings his work into a sharper context, but also allows young learners to make a deeper connection with the man himself. 3 Historic Destinations for English Learning Tour Close to Home

The Royal Shakespeare Theater behind-the-scenes tour gives students a foundation in Bard’s contemporary and historical production of the artwork. Workshops are available for school groups of all ages and can be tailored to the specific learning objectives of the Main Stages 1 and 2, beginning with a first look at Shakespeare’s life.

Bristol Industrial Heritage

The city of Bristol played an important role in the British Industrial Revolution as a test site for Isambard Kingdom Brunel, one of the most influential engineers of the time. A visit to SS Great Britain makes a valuable inclusion in a UK study tour for elementary school students. School groups can visit docks and dry boats, located at the Great Western Dockyard, take part in workshops that reveal Brunel’s engineering achievements, and learn the history of UK trade and travel. The workshops can be tailored to the 1st or 2nd Stage, which includes an interactive boat building experience for the younger ones, and explores the story of former passengers and life in Victorian sea voyages for older children. 3 Historic Destinations for English Learning Tour Close to Home

Viking History in York

Although founded by the Romans, these were the Vikings who brought York to its peak as a vital trade center for Northern Europe. The Jorvik Viking Center is one of the most comprehensive learning facilities in the country, bringing Viking back into the future in a very interesting way.

The center stands in a very original location of the original Viking town, known as Jorvik. Archaeological remains of a tenth-century settlement provide an authentic atmosphere, as students attend workshops that investigate the culture of the Vikings. The workshops cover aspects of traditional combat and medicinal tactics, to poetry, mythology and costumes, which provide a comprehensive picture of Jorvik’s past.

The beauty of Britain’s storied heritage is so many pages of great written history in the landscape; cities and towns that are still part of contemporary life. Visiting the site where such an important event takes place will bring a life study textbook with context and clarity.

John Gardiner is Managing Director of The School Travel Company, a tour operator specializing in English study tours for school and youth groups, as well as travel to destinations in Europe and beyond. As a father and avid traveler, John is keen to provide students with a valuable and exciting learning experience outside the classroom. By sharing expert advice with teachers, he allows them to inspire their students and continue their studies into life. 3 Historic Destinations for English Learning Tour Close to Home

What Research About Businesses Can Teach You

What Research About Businesses Can Teach You

Finding the Best Wedding Catering Service Provider for Your Wedding

When planning your wedding catering, you should take note of special things that you need to consider for that day when it comes to food served to your guests. While food is the most important part of wedding catering, there are many things to consider when choosing the right foods to serve.

Below are some considerations when choosing the right foods and caterer to provide service on your wedding day. What Research About Businesses Can Teach You

If you are going to be married, then you need to spend a lot of money on many things. If you have budgeted everything that you need for your wedding, you might have very little left for food for every guest that you would invite. If you have plenty of extras then you can make provision for whatever you like, but if on a budget then you will have to deal with this with great care and thought. What Research About Businesses Can Teach You

After setting your budget, choose your caterer. When it comes to wedding receptions, good caterers will already have a lineup of suggestions to give you for what you can service on that day. If you have already decided what food you want to be served on your wedding before you even select a caterer, then you may be limited in the cuisine you can expect. Experienced caterers will know and will suggest what is best for your wedding reception.

Today people have left the traditional church wedding for different venues. Today, you can find couples getting married in the beach, in a ski resort, in the church, and in many other places. The seasons and location of the wedding play an important part in the availability of some foods as well as the menus that people might expect. You don’t really have to follow standards, but when you do, it is easier and better to work out things.

The bride and groom should have an input in the wedding menu. The bride and the groom should make suggestion as to the kind of find that they want to eat on that day. It is important to diversify foods especially in large gatherings since people will have different taste preferences. There are some wedding planners that ask expected guests what they want on limited choices so that there is enough food without a great deal of waste

You should also include the specialty dish or what the caterer is famous for, in your wedding menu. If you want more enjoyment from your guest, add an unusual unique dessert after the meal.

Once you have planned the menu, write it down and go over everything against and think of anything that can go wrong if you stick with that selection. Consult with your caterer if there is something missing or is the menu too much, or if the items can easily be prepared and will not have problems during the day itself.

You need to take time to sample the wedding menu because pictures cannot tell you what it tastes like.

What Research About Businesses Can Teach You