The magazine had an article about taking canal boat vacations in Holland. Knowing Brian's interest in boating and her desire to expose the kids to Europe, she thought that it might be a good family vacation.
We started to surf the internet to find out more about chartering canal boats in Europe. There is no shortage of attractive locations or charter companies.
We started off looking at Holland because of both the article and the fact that we thought the kids would enjoy seeing a real working windmill. The only thing about Holland though was the risk of having overcast or rainy weather. We had spent too many summer vacations wearing windbreakers to keep dry.
We also looked at narrow boats in England and Ireland. While Brian would have loved to spend time in Ireland, again the weather knocked those to locations out of contention.
Trying to make sure that we had warm weather, we turned our search to France. France has lots several canals, some of which date back hundreds of years. Between canals and rivers you can boat across much of France.
We selected the Canal du Nivernais for several reasons. Firstly, we found the perfect boat and charter company for our family?equirements (see below). Secondly, Burgundy is known for fine weather, food, and wine. Lastly, it was an easy two hour drive from Paris in a rent a car.