Sample Autumn’s Bounty on French Canal Cruises

October 2nd, 2014

Autumn with its clear blue skies and cool nights is a splendid time to visit France. Our September and early October French canal cruises book quickly, and there’s a reason for this. Here are some of the seasonal delights you can experience when you book one of our autumn cruises.

Nivernais Canal in Burgundy

Colors changing on the beautiful Nivernais Canal in Burgundy

Amazing farmers’ markets

While local produce is available year-round at these markets, many of which have been happening in the same place for hundreds of years, unsurprisingly autumn is the best time for abundant produce. Whether you wish to sample freshly roasted chestnuts and mushrooms or photograph a pheasant—still dressed in its colorful plumage—the farmer’s markets are a feast for all the senses. All our barge cruises include side trips, whether into tiny medieval villages or large modern town, most of which have a farmer’s market to enjoy.

Mushrooms at a French market

Mushrooms are delectable in Burgundy and France

Fresh seasonal cheeses

There are many French fromages which are newly available in the fall. For example, the new season for the oozing Vacherin or Mont d’Or begins in September, and fresh goat cheeses are at their peak in September and October.

Cheese stores abound in France

Cheeses are served with lunch and dinner on French canal cruises

Tarte tatin and other apple delights

Apples are the quintessential fall fruit, and the French know how to take advantage of them. Whether you indulge in the caramelized flavors of tarte tatin, an upside-down apple pie, a rustic apple cake infused with rum or calvados, or the sculptural masterpiece called Tarte de Pommes a la Normande, the French know how to coax every bit of flavor from fresh autumn apples.

Tarte tatin

Tarte tatin, a yummy upside down apple pie. Photo by Robyn Lee on Flickr.

Seasonal chocolates

One of the joys of wandering through French towns is discovering the local chocolatier, who will be crafting gorgeous and scrumptious fall chocolates in the shapes of acorns, leaves, mushrooms and other iconic autumn images.

Chocolate dessert on barge Luciole

Luscious chocolate desserts by barge Luciole in Burgundy

So if you’re ready to savor France at its’ gastronomic peak, contact us today to plan ahead and reserve your spot for the most popular time for barge cruising!

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Whenever you’re ready to go barging, we’re ready to help. Happy autumn!

Beth Hanson
Barge Cruise Specialist since 1988

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