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I am once again leaving the US again today. But before I go, I want to express my gratitude to everyone who made this visit so enjoyable and such a success. I love to talk about my barge, french cuisine and France and you were a wonderful and willing audience – from Jennifer at Belle Epoch Travel in San Diego, to all the agents at Casto Travel in San Francisco and to everyone who opened their homes to me. I enjoyed being with you so!

I would also like to thank all people from The Landings on Skidaway Island for coming to my reception. I felt honoured by your interest. After running an advertisement for several weeks in a local newsletter, the plan was made to give a reception, including wine and cheese, and provide an opportunity to meet and ask about ‘barge cruising in France’. Lots of people showed up! It was great to understand,that most of you had already looked at my web site www.hbcruises.com Thank you also for all your questions about the food, the itineraries, the crew, the en-suite cabins, private parties and more! You made it easy for me to talk about it, so far away from it!

One frequently asked question I would like to explain here: ‘What is actually a barge?’

For me, the term “barge” does not adequately describe the comfortable living quarters guests enjoy.  This former steamboat, built in the late 19th century, has been lovingly restored, keeping as much as possible, her traditional look. Guests enjoy our flat screen TV, I-pod docking station, a library of books and DVD’s and bicycles to ride along the footpaths that are part of the French country lifestyle.

I personally emphasize the fact that barge cruising on L’Etoile is customized, and catered to your needs, a personal approach, it is all about you, and for you!

I would like to thank all people helping me to make this reception possible, including the Savannah Sommelier Kevin Smith for being so kind to put up a flyer for this reception. When I walked into his shop, I was greeted with ‘Hi Cobie’, now, that feels very welcome! I was impressed by his very good selection of French wines and was excited to see wines in his shop from the Burgundy region where L’Etoile cruises! A very nice Meursault, Volnay, Santenay, Puligny-Montrachet, all places we can go touring while cruising this itinerary!

A big ‘Thank you all for coming.’ I certainly hope to receive you on my barge!

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