Wednesday, 19 July 2017

9th - 15th July

The Luciole was on an exhilarating mission this week to catch up with some Bastille day firework celebrations. An Auxerre detour eventually allowed us to catch an impressive display in the small French village of Champs sur Yonne.


An adventure filled charter group of the Flood and Diller families, who dived straight into their canoeing, climbing, go-karting and horse riding challenges with great enthusiasm. Learning Russian with Katya and friendship bracelet making with Marilee were highlights of the crews week! We will miss you all! A special happy birthday to super-dad Jay.

Monday, 10 July 2017

2nd - 8th July Tandem Charter

A beautiful Burgundy cruise with an Asian twist was enjoyed by all on board this week; a tandem charter group split between The Luciole and The Randle - accommodating eighteen passengers from Shanghai and Bejing.

Luciole and Randle moored together on the River Yonne, in Vincelles

We are always grateful to spend time and exchange cultures with guests from far overseas, and this week was the perfect opportunity to ‘freshen up’ on our Mandarin!

Enjoying the sunshine at Les Deux Ponts

A large thanks to everyone especially group leaders Hugo and Alice and their daughter Liz, translator superb! It was a joy to see you all trying and enjoying the local food (even the cheese!), and also to see chefs Jade and Gael cooking up their best Chinese dishes, thankfully to your approval! A French-Asian fusion.

Fun at the stables and a hack through the cool woods

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

25th June - 1st July

BABY ON BOARD!

The Luciole was home to a couple of little chirping babies this week – the award for youngest passenger on board in our 51 years of cruising going to baby Mila, partner in crime with only slightly-less-small sibling; brother Teo.
A stormy start to the week for the Grove family, with super granddad Tim being discharged from hospital and finally reunited with us on the Tuesday as the sun crept from behind the clouds. Met by doting wife Marilyn and of course a cold glass of Chardonnay and some bloody good French cheese and jamon, making everything in the world right once again. A LOT of beer and laughs were eventually enjoyed.
In the words of Tim Grove “What a week!”


18th - 24th June

Boom boom BOOM

Take a little look at ‘Grandpa’ Bill here booming off the side of the Luciole on what was another gloriously sunny week of soaring temperatures and river-splashing fun. An adventure family charter group with children Billy, Emma, Sam, Henry and Benjamin allowed for a canoeing and chess marathon of a cruise, and plenty of cold drinks to cool down. 

Large congratulations to Bill and Alice on their 49th wedding anniversary and recent birthdays, it is always a joy to hold such a close family within our own much cherished floating family home.


Cooling down

Swimming off the barge at the Saussoir