Boating holidays in France – Going with the flow

> L’Union (January 2011)

You can’t be in a hurry. Aboard what they call a ‘pénichette’, a flat-bottomed boat that happily navigates any kind of river, canal or lock and is comfortably fitted out like a caravan, you can get away from the hustle and bustle and float gently on along the water, barely travelling at more than a few miles an hour. Suspended in time, there’s little choice but to slow down and relax. It’s best to jettison watches, TV and mobile phones and embrace the peace and tranquillity. Every stopover is an opportunity to indulge in the more usual kind of onshore tourism. Apart, of course, from the fact that you have no car and must therefore walk or cycle to see sites of interest. France’s navigable rivers and canals are scattered with centres where you can hire boats, bicycles or go for walks along towpaths or try a spot of fishing.

So you can treat the boat just like a holiday home, where reading or preparing great food are the main activities, all while admiring some of France’s most glorious countryside as it drifts gently by. And each region has its own gems just waiting to be discovered by river tourists in search of peace and serenity.

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