We took our granddaughter on a six day cruise on the canal alongside the Somme river for what we call the G8thGMT (Great 8th Grade Mystery Tour). Neither she nor her parents knew where she was going. How fortunate we were to have booked the barge Aslaug for our trip. To say that it is luxurious is an understatement! We each had our own room complete with bathroom. We lounged in the wheelhouse or on deck watching the world go by. This part of France is peaceful and uncrowded so much of the time we cruised through the beautiful countryside. Our only companions were ducks, geese and swan, with babies trailing them. Kurt and Bente are amazing hosts, so knowledgeable and accommodating. And the food when we ate on board was incredible, croissants every morning fetched by Kurt on his bicycle at the closest bakery, fresh fruit, and, of course, varied French cheeses.
We are already planning a return trip in a year or so. It was the most relaxing and fascinating vacation we could have imagined.