Why there’s no better way to drink in the Loire’s glories than on a luxury canal cruise 

The Briare canal, dug by 12,000 labourers between 1604 and 1640 to link the Upper Loire valley and the Seine, is the oldest in France. Once a major trade and transport artery, nowadays the Briare loops through the middle of bucolic nowhere. As soon as the opulent barge Renaissance had crossed the Loire on M. … Read more