Water History: Barge Building in France

Water History: Barge Building in France

Even though you may be a barge vacation lover in France, how much do you really know about the history of this mode of transportation? Although waterways are now reserved for holiday activities, tourism and barge holidays, the French have relied on simple barges to maintain and grow their economies. Actually, for centuries the canals and rivers are an important component of the French trading network, connecting the English Channel, Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Water History: Barge Building in France
Standardization and Transportation

Despite this crucial relation of the river, transportation is sluggish due to lack of standardization across the country. At the end of the nineteenth century, Minister of Public Works, Freycinet, had a lightbulb moment: he decided to set up a waterway network by building the same sized locks across the country. This key measures 40m x 5.20m and, once installed, the ship must be redesigned to fit within it. The new timber ship, sometimes known as the ‘Freycinet barge’, is built in dimensions of 38.5m with 5.0mm as standard. This modern standard cargo ship can deliver goods across Europe. Water History: Barge Building in France

However, how do these non-motorized ships move around the complex European canal network? The answer is the power of man – even though actual pulling is done by women, horses and even children throughout the 1800s, as well as men. Some – like Klippers and Tjalks who travel to England – use screen and other power, in Belgium and Holland, are pulled by steam-powered tugs. Progress, though faster because of standardization, can not be called fast because most people will travel on foot.

Triggering the Nation

In a drastic change in how channel transportation operated, the 1900s saw the launch of a diesel engine that eliminated the need for a puller altogether. However, because the engine is not very strong, motorized vessels like Spitzen and Luxemotors must have a distinctive pointed bow similar to the pull. This new creation is very luxurious because it comes with a kitchen and toilet – more than a few houses at that time – and independent.

By the 1920’s the wooden hull had been exchanged for steel, making stronger and tougher cargo ships that could withstand potential impacts with locks. Twenty years later the diesel engine has gained more power and many motorized barges are built throughout France, Belgium and the Netherlands. This is the peak of this industry in Europe. Non-motorized ships are drawn by diesel-powered tractors, not horses, so travel time is greatly reduced.

Goodbye to all that

The decline in French water transport began in the 1970s as faster and more efficient railways and road vehicles grew in popularity. The canals, once the source of life of the country, fell into disrepair and unfortunately not restored. Hundreds of Freycinet barges were canceled and it seemed to be the end of this crucial vessel lane.

Fortunately, barge holidays in France make this traditional form of water transport alive. Tourism blossomed in the 1970s, attracting visitors to the canals and rivers of France has not subsided in nearly four decades. Barge holidays in France showcase the country’s most beautiful and interesting areas to visitors who appreciate the gentle pace, and an alternative point of view, that barge hotels give them access.

Paul Newman is a Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider if you are looking for all the luxury holidays 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. Water History: Barge Building in France

Say “Mmm!” in Morzine

Say “Mmm!” in Morzine

Nestling at the bottom of an ancient river gorge, the old market town of Morzine is a favourite destination for skiing families and couples alike. Many return year after year not just for picturesque landscapes or the friendly people, but for the food! I am often asked by couples returning to Morzine, or visiting for the first time – where are the very best places to eat? There are host of great restaurants to choose from, but if you only have a handful of days up in the mountains, here are a few that visitors just cannot afford to miss.
L’Atelier d’Alexandre Restaurant

 

If you are looking for pure luxury dining, L’Atelier is perfect. Established by head chef Alexandre Baud-Pachon in 2004, the restaurant is located in the Hotel Le Samoyède and boasts a Michelin star. Alexandre prides himself on using the freshest local ingredients and showcases some of the best French mountain cuisine. The menu is pricy – the cheapest set menu is €45 – but it contains 5 of the most luxurious courses you could imagine. L’Atelier’s 10,000 bottle strong wine cellar isn’t bad either for lovers of the French grape.

La Paika

A restaurant right in the action, La Paika can be found in a gorgeous wooden cabin right in the centre of the Les Gets ski area. On clear and bright days diners can eat out on the terrace which offers a great view of the surrounding slopes. If you or your loved one is a meat lover then La Paika is the place for you, offering a huge array of cold cuts, as well as locally reared meats cooked over a huge wood burning stove. Make sure you arrive with a roaring appetite and leave in time to catch the last chairlift home.

Restaurant Le Clin d’Oeil

Cheese is not hard to come by on skiing holidays. However, with all that cheese to choose from, finding the best cheese menu can be a struggle. Luckily, Le Clin d’Oeil in the centre of Morzine offers the tastiest cheesy dishes available. Run by Jean-Noël and Kristel for the last 10 years, this cosy restaurant specialises in South West French cuisine and serves up the best tartiflette for miles around. Guests can enjoy their meals with a great selection of wine.

La Grange Restaurant

Getting to La Grange requires a bit of exploring. Tucked away on one of Morzine’s pretty backstreets, this popular eatery is only a minutes’ walk from the tourist office. Inside diners will find an authentically decorated restaurant which doesn’t pack its guests in but leaves plenty of room to breathe. Open during the summer and winter months, La Grange offers the some of the best vegetable dishes in gorge, useful if you need a break from all that meat and cheese. Even more useful is the private catering service they offer, making a delicious meal in the comfort of your chalet a reality.

Getting to Morzine

Morzine sits right on the French border with Switzerland and is not too far from Geneva. If you’re flying into Geneva, airport transfers to the town are easy to organise. Popular airliners easyJet, British Airways, and jet2 all fly direct to Geneva Airport with a flight time of around 1 ½ hours. Once you are in Switzerland, Shuttle Direct’s Geneva airport transfers whisk travellers away to Morzine in the same time for a fixed low price, so no haggling when you get here. You can also bring your ski gear on the transfer for free, as long as you let us know in advance. Easy.

‘Through the Walls’, an exhibition of the latest luxury homeware

‘Through the Walls’, an exhibition of the latest luxury homeware collection by Hermès, offers a beautiful peek into what lies ahead in the style files for 2018!

French luxury brand Hermès might be best known for its iconic Birkin handbag. But beyond the world of high fashion, the French house’s attention to materials and craftsmanship is equally established in the business of furniture and homeware. Hermès Maison Universe, its collection of furniture, lamps, wallpapers and other desirable objects for the home, is currently being showcased at an ongoing exhibition titled ‘Through the Walls’ on the upper levels of the Hermès flagship store at Liat Towers in Singapore.

‘Through the Walls’, an exhibition of the latest luxury homeware

Diverse objects for the home form a playful narrative that immerses the viewer in a whimsical world, where fluid lines coexist with disorder, and beauty with rigour. Placing prominence on form and function, elegant objects become a part of the arresting scenography conceptualised by French set designers Jean-Christophe Vaillant and Hervé Sauvage.

Sounds of everyday life at home transform the space, breathing life into the leather-bedecked furniture, graphic wallpaper, lamps and other elegant objects on display.

A wall plastered with graphic wallpaper slices through a two-seater Hermès leather sofa, the scenography simultaneously deconstructing and reconstructing the space. Amid this inevitable metamorphosis of space emerges the creation of architecture within architecture.

Porcelain cups and saucers inspired by the iconic micro-patterns of a Hermès tie are a picture of poise even as they appear to be sliding off a tilted surface. Objects in this universe clearly have a life of their own, but they also quite naturally interact with other coveted objects and the surroundings as a whole. A solid wood and leather mahjong game set with all-leather tiles sits atop an onyx table, while the Link, or Lien d’ Hermès, emblematic of the brand’s equestrian heritage and a prominent feature in the exhibition, looks on.

This immersive experience explores the intimacy of pattern-with-pattern, organized clutter, even, the innately rich contribution of detail. With the forthcoming festive season, here’s where you can take a leaf from to suit your individual tastes  ‘Through the Walls’, an exhibition of the latest luxury homeware

What’s New in Les Gets-Morzine: 2017-2018

What’s New in Les Gets-Morzine: 2017-2018

Like all ski resorts, Les Gets and Morzine have been getting into gear in anticipation of the upcoming season. From upgraded ski facilities to new luxury properties, we have plenty of exciting news that will get you looking up flights to Geneva and unpacking your skis.
Luxury Properties Open Their Doors

 

The luxury chalet companies operating in Morzine haven’t been idle this year. AliKats Mountain Holidays have prepared three eye-catching properties for the season, including ‘The View’. Guests here can enjoy the ‘Indulgence Package’ – after a day on the slopes a six-course menu with wines to match will be served, along with pre-dinner cocktails and aperitifs. The bottle of Bollinger on arrival is a lovely touch as well.

Hotel La Bergerie has also been making some changes. As well as providing room service for the first time, newcomers and loyal guests alike can luxuriate in a new outdoor sauna and Turkish bath. Should you prefer a more energetic warm-down, the new fitness room, equipped with 5 cardio machines, is ready and waiting.

Finally More Mountain are unveiling a brand-new catered chalet ahead of the upcoming season. Right in the heart of Morzine, the property offers a homely feel without compromising on style: Florence Knoll sofas adorn the spacious living room, which has lovely open views.

Get a Lift and Improve your French

Skiers at Les Gets can expect a smooth transfer to their piste of choice from now on thanks to the welcome addition of a high speed Ranfoilly ski lift. Able to transport 6 people at a time and reached through a magic carpet, it is anticipated it will be capable of transferring approximately 3,300 skiers an hour.

For anyone keen to tax their mind after taxing their body on the slopes, the Alpine French School in Morzine will be offering intensive courses this season, with the aim of making learners confident in approaching real-life situations – adults and children are all welcome. Conveniently the classes will be in the evening so won’t get in the way of daytime plans.

New Games Bar in Les Gets

The popular Loc’Hotel Alpen’sports hotel will be opening a games bar this winter, providing a great family-friendly addition to the après ski scene in Les Gets. Pool, table football, darts and board games are all on offer, while children can have fun playing with the toy library. Snacks will be available too.

How to Get There

Getting to Morzine is a breeze with Shuttle Direct. Make your life easier by pre-booking a Geneva to Morzine transfer. Once you’ve arrived at Geneva airport, one of our friendly drivers will be waiting for you. As you and the family travel from Geneva to Morzine, transfer your mind to thoughts of long days of skiing and languid evenings of good living.

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Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for an affordable Geneva to Morzine transfer, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.

It’s Worth Remembering That We Provide Truly National Service

It’s Worth Remembering That We Provide Truly National Service

London may be the UK’s economic epicentre by some distance, but it is far from the only part of the country with an ever-pressing requirement for the right restaurant and Bar Furniture and related refurbishment and fit out services.
While it may be easy for some of our competitors to concentrate all of their energies in the capital, that is not our own philosophy here at Design & Contracts – and it is reflected in everything that we have done to date, and everything that we continue to do for businesses like yours.

It’s Worth Remembering That We Provide Truly National Service

Why we aren’t just another London-centric furniture supplier

As trusted providers of furniture for all manner of establishments, we will always be proud of the many high-profile projects in London that we have successfully managed. However, we are not a London furniture supplier, and are instead very much a UK one.

Our own headquarters, after all, are in Ascot, Berkshire, and we recognise the critical role that bars, restaurants, cafes and similar businesses outside the capital make to the broader British economy, culture and public life.

This is reflected in the breadth of non-London organisations to which we have provided our bespoke services. They include the likes of the Reading University Students’ Union (RUSU), to which we supplied various colourful furniture to modernise the appearance of the entire premises, as well as Azuza in Bristol, which benefited from the supply of such items as PN Framed Tub Chairs, Nico 2 Seat Sofas and DC-0145 side chairs.

The Children’s Unit and Spinal Unit at Salisbury Hospital have also taken advantage of our services, the latter being graced by bespoke Dado modular seating from our Jive range and special height Tonda tables with Zebrano Kuadra chairs.

Across the UK, in fact – from the Real Eating Cafe in Witney to the Brasserie Rhone Restaurant in Old Woking – there are many non-London businesses that have placed their trust in Design & Contracts when in need of restaurant, cafe, office, nightclub or bar furniture or related services and expertise.

Contact us now to become one of our valued clients

When you wish for your business to play its part in Britain’s continuing great economic success story, there’s no need to look further than Design & Contract Furniture.

Enquire now to learn more about the contract furniture and other services that we can provide to help ensure that your bar, restaurant, cafe or similar firm enjoys a bright future – wherever it may be based in the UK. It’s Worth Remembering That We Provide Truly National Service

Selecting on a Bhutan Head to Operator for Your Future Bhutan Vacation

Selecting on a Bhutan Head to Operator for Your Future Bhutan Vacation

Now that is a tad snobbish I am aware. I am supposing that you are arriving to Bhutan to see all of us. It’s understandable that as one of the most reputable Bhutan tour operators, we would want you to come and experience what We believe will be your finest vacation yet. Having said that, were aware that any international trip will surely rattle your pocketbook simply a little bit. Consequently, let all of us help you plan your upcoming Bhutan vacation with caution so that it comes forth as the penultimate experience we would like it to be.

 

Choosing the Right Bhutan Tour User
In a perfect nature of disclosure, I need to let you know that we are a leading Bhutan tour user with many years of rich experience in changing vacations into dreams. Does indeed that prevent us from being objective? I avoid believing so. On the contrary, I think it allows us to reveal with you some of why we are so successful inside our humble role as Bhutan’s #1 travel facilitators. From the sensitive are a few things you should consider: “tour operators for Bhutan packages”

You. Handle a Bhutan concert tours operator that is accredited by us government of Bhutan. Not all are and so you should specifically inquire about this and confirm their credentials.

 

2. The cost of your Bhutan package is determined by the federal government and not by the travel company you will eventually select. Nevertheless, ask the company in clear conditions to give you a detailed run-down of how they plan to last.
3. If perhaps your upcoming Bhutan travel involves hotel stays, ask them to specify which hotels you will be patronizing and read them on the Internet. If you happen to have a particular hotel preference, probably it will be let in.
4. Look for a cell phone number and engage in a productive discussion with the Bhutan tour user you have selected before you sign the filled line. Bhutan has halted to be a country that dwells before. That is both traditional and modern simultaneously in their own unique way and there are plenty of cell phones in Bhutan to help you hook up with your new found friends.
5. Bhutan travel operators will gladly provide you with references-your guy citizens who have stopped at the in months absent by. Look for references. http://www.travelmusafir.com 6th. Initiate the checking away the Bhutan travel company well in advance. Cosmopolitan vacations demand a nice dose of timely forethought. However, they can be well well worth the effort.
So there they are. A few pointers on selecting the right Bhutan tour owner for your upcoming Bhutan vacation. Use these details and benchmarks to check us out too and make certain to notify me how we have faired in the litmus test.

Special Needs Planning-What You Should Know

Special Needs Planning-What You Should Know

As their children age, parents begin to emphasize how they will pay their children’s tuition, but if you are the parent of a child with special needs, you face a more difficult and frightening task. These parents need not worry about college education. They need to ensure that they will be able to provide financial support and care for their child’s special needs after their death. This can be a tricky question because no one can predict their child’s future medical needs and also do not know how long they will live. To get help ensuring their child is protected in the future parents should make an appointment with an attorney specializing in Red Bank’s special needs planning. Lawyers can help parents of children with special needs ensure that the child will be taken care of after their death. Special Needs Planning-What You Should Know

Letters of instruction

It is also called a “letter of intent” and describes the child’s situation. It will also provide guidance to the caregiver after the death of the parent or the inability to care for the child. This will explain what you are, as a parent, the vision for the child’s life, how it is, and the things that affect the child. This could include how they communicate with you if they are non-verbal, what kind of food they like and that they do not like, etc. This is not a legal document but sometimes parents need help to arrange it so this is where special needs planning Toms River can help. Another letter to the draft is to family members, asking them not to pass the funds directly to the child. If the child is inherited the money, they could lose the eligibility for Medicaid because they can not have more than two thousand dollars on his behalf.

A special need of trust

Not all of their needs are covered in public benefits such as Supplemental Security and Medicaid Income so having confidence will ensure that money is available for additional costs. This trust will not jeopardize their eligibility for federal programs. When you talk to the Special Needs to plan a Red Bank lawyer they can help prepare one of two special needs trusts.

• First party trust – trust is funded by money received by a child, such as an inheritance. If the recipient of this trust dies the country may request a Medicaid reimbursement of a trust fund.
• Third party trust – this is funded by life insurance from family or family members and does not require reimbursement.

These are just two of the many things that special planning that the Toms River can help do. Special Needs Planning-What You Should Know

Hotel Booking is Right For Fun Family Vacation

Hotel Booking is Right For Fun Family Vacation

When planning a family holiday it is important that you book the right destination, the right hotel, the most convenient flight and the right family travel policy. You need to consider what your kids enjoy and what will keep them busy while fulfilling your holiday desires as well. A great place to start is with accommodation. As long as the hotel is right, you know you like a good thing, but booking a great family friendly hotel is not always easy.
Here are some considerations to get on the boat if you want to avoid a decision you might regret later.

Hotel Booking is Right For Fun Family Vacation

Do not Always Go To The Hotel Out Of The City

You can be forgiven for thinking a hotel out of town might be quieter and probably safer than downtown, but think again. Family Travel Magazine suggests that a more central hotel is actually a better option if you have children with you. The downtown location means all the attractions are closer, and after a day of sightseeing, when the kids are tired, you can just take a short trip to your hotel. Being in the city center also reduces the need for public transportation, which can be extra stress if you have a train with you.

While hotels outside the crowded city center may be considered more secure, this is not necessarily true. Sometimes, the more crowded the place, the more secure you are. Regardless of its location, however, as long as you have your family travel policy up to date, you can be sure that you are protected in case something goes wrong.

Staying central may be a little more expensive, but overall it will definitely work out more comfortably. Hotel Booking is Right For Fun Family Vacation

Check Out Kids’ Dining Options

It was all excellent booking an amazing city center hotel filled with great facilities, but if there is no restaurant that will serve your kids, then you could be in trouble. If children are well fed, they will be happy, and although many children will eat adult food, toddlers in particular can be forgiven for not wanting anything from the à la carte menu.

Before ordering, it’s good to ask the hotel what they can offer to the children or if they can suggest a cafe or restaurant nearby that has a children’s menu. Some hotels have microwaves in the room, which is good news if you are traveling with very young people.

Book Family Room

Make sure you ask what hotels they can offer in terms of room arrangements. Some hotels have rooms adjacent to adjoining corridors, which are perfect for older and more independent children. Rooms separated by doors are better for parents with younger children, as adults can maintain privacy while still hearing little children if there is a problem. Hotel Booking is Right For Fun Family Vacation

Do not Forget About Extras

Some hotels and resorts offer extras for families, so make sure you know. Ask about child-care services, kids clubs, children’s pools and other baby related items that will make your room safer for your toddler and reduce the risk you need to use the family travel policy.

Washing machines and dryers are also worth asking, as many hotels and resorts have this facility, which reduces worries about packing enough clothing. The on-site store is also very useful when you’re on a family trip, just in case a child needs a snack or an extra snack.

Family vacations are precious memories, so remember to organize, do your research before you go, and invest in a family travel policy for true peace of mind.

Patrick Chong is the Managing Director of InsureMore, an award-winning team of specialists in one global journey, annual travel insurance and family. In addition to offering attractive offers for travel insurance, Patrick also collects and shares the best free travel competitions to help his clients get the most out of their holiday.

Latest Trend Of Omega Watches In India

Latest Trend Of Omega Watches In India

 

To celebrate the success of the World’s First Master Chronometer, Omega organized an exciting program with the presence of its ambassador Abhishek Bachchan, who himself put a Globemaster. It seemed that he was elated with the piece and stated that Globemaster manifests that it is the backbone of the brand in a real sense.
Omega, one of the celebrated luxury watch making brands in the world has focused the Indian watch market for its growing possibilities. With its rich heritage, the brand has been entertaining the demands of watch lovers since centuries. They are among the brands that give importance to the merit of their timepieces.

Latest Trend Of Omega Watches In India

Observing the growth of Indian market, Omega has changed its strategy to grab the opportunity to attract the people of the nation. Unlike earlier times, they are launching their new arrivals through Indian celebrities who are associated with the brand. This approach to grab the nation’s watch market has clicked since some years. But, they are not going to stop.

The brand is inaugurating new outlets through India to cater the demands of the buyers. Either they are opening their own stores, or tying-up with other retail brands to sell the newest launched timepieces. By doing this, they are making their watches visible among the elite class buyers that love their watches due to precision.

Several outlets of Omega are spread across cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, Chennai and also at other cities. Soon after launching new products, they are making them available to the country’s people through the boutiques. Indian watch lovers are crazy with it and do not wants to miss this opportunity. An Omega watch is a lifetime gift for anyone. Latest Trend Of Omega Watches In India

Lots of interest are building up among the Indian watch buyers due to the easy accessibility of Omega watches . So, they are delighted about it and also hopeful that the trend will continue further. The reason behind such a craze of the people is natural. They are now tasting the sweetness of the brand’s top-notch timepieces that are and has been partners of different significant events like participating in Olympic games since the 30’s as its official timekeeper. Moreover, their Speedmaster is labelled as “the first watch on Moon”. This adoring family has crossed its half century. To mark this historical leap, the brand has been promoting the watches throughout the world, and India is not an exception to it.

Every now and then, Omega has been taking new policies to make their watches more popular across India. They have opened their door for the Indian wearers by facilitating them with exciting options. Now, it is the turn of the customers to tell whether they are happy with it or not.

About The Prime Watches:

The Prime luxury watch boutique is the authorized luxury watch retailer with its showroom on PAN India basis. It showcases exclusive collections of luxury watches like Longines, Omega, Rado, Tissot, Tagheuer, Balmain, Frederique Constant, Swatch and other fashion brands. To provide an extensive support it gives after sales service under brand authorized experts. It has special assistance like EMI facility, home delivery, online service and regular complementary calls on collection updates.a

Best Montego Bay Airport Transfer Service

Best Montego Bay Airport Transfer Service

The gateway to a fantastic vacation experience is the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica. To get from the airport to your resort you have two options. On one hand, there is a shared option; a vehicle is shared with other vacationers who are going in the same direction. Depending on the size group, shared transfers could be the cheaper option of the two. On the other hand, there a private transfer option; a service which offers convenience, flexibility and privacy during your travels to your resort. The rates are affordable; sometimes the same as shared shuttles.
The airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica is very important to the island’s tourism industry. It welcomes about forty large commercial jets daily carrying thousands of vacationers to its shores. Resort towns such as Negril, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay itself depend almost entirely on this airport for arrival and departure for their guests.

 

The resort districts in Montego Bay accommodate travel times between 5 and 25 minutes from the airport. Staying in Montego Bay gives the treat of a great beach experience, snorkeling, oceanic adventures, partying, dining and shopping.

Journeying west of the entry port is Negril, located about 90 minutes west of the airport. Negril is known for smaller beach front properties. It is home its famous beach, which is a 7-mile white sandy beach. Incidentally many of the hotels are located just on that beach.

Traveling from the Montego Bay Airport to Negril is convenient and eventful when you use Private Taxi Montego Bay Airport ; this is by far the better option for several reasons. After a long and exhausting travel day getting on the island, the last thing anyone wants is more delays. Having pre-booked your Private Montego Bay Airport Transfer Service you are guaranteed to get going immediately after customs. The drive to Negril is beautiful; with breathtaking sceneries of the roadway hugs the shoreline.

Going east of the Montego Bay Airport is the resort town of Ocho Rios; The journey is equally beautiful as Negril’s. Having the service of an amiable driver your private ride will become more like a tour. With private Montego Bay Airport Transfers you are figuratively in the driver’s seat, totally in control of a stop of two along the way. There is absolutely no need to wait on a big bus to be filled; the cost may even be the same.