We Can Cater To Your Specific Needs From A Charity Venue

We Can Cater To Your Specific Needs From A Charity Venue

The main objective of your charity event may be to fundraise for your charity rather than give your guests an impressive venue to marvel at, but that doesn’t mean the venue isn’t important. Indeed, it is precisely because your event is what matters most that when you come to choose a Charity Events Venue In The Uk, you should ensure yours ticks all of the essential boxes.

 

Vast Experience And Capability In Holding Special Events

Here at Manor of Groves, we have a level of experience in holding special events that is unmatched by almost any comparable venue in Hertfordshire. We are continually hosting such events as traditional afternoon teas, hen parties, prom or graduation parties, celebrations of life and – of course – weddings, which is one of our very greatest specialities.

As a consequence, we have also accumulated considerable experience of catering to the most specific requests made by those booking our well-appointed and spacious suites.

If you are holding a relatively modest charity event, for example, there may be enough room in our Colonnade Suite, with its capacity of as many as 150 people. Alternatively, it may be the Manor Suite, with its air-conditioned adaptable space that can accommodate up to 500 guests, that provides the perfect backdrop for your event, not least as it also features such amenities as an exclusive bar, cloakroom, entrance hall and toilets.

Talk To Manor Of Groves About Your Requirements Today

Would you like to provide your charity event’s guests with the benefit of succulent and varied cuisine in one of our elegant banqueting suites? What about even giving them to chance to book a spacious bedroom in which to stay overnight, if the event is likely to end late and they may not be able to easily drive home? There’s even a par 71, 6,237-yard golf course at which they may wish to tee off during the day ahead of your event – yes, it’s open to visitors and not just hotel residents.

Whatever you want, need or expect from your charity’s next event, our seasoned and capable coordinators can oversee every aspect of it to help ensure its success. It’s just one more reason why Manor of Groves is such an enduringly popular charity events venue in the UK.

Making Magical Ski Memories with Children

Making Magical Ski Memories with Children

If your little ones are newbies to shredding powder then it is understandable that you will be preoccupied with making this a fun and memorable activity. I am a strong believer that the most important element in the equation is choosing the right resort.
Morzine is a superb choice as it is one of the few resorts with a Famille Plus status, which is awarded to those who demonstrate excellence services for families. It is also easy to reach with a Geneva to Morzine transfer. Morzine has gentle slopes, expert ski schools, charming chalets and dozens of great kid-orientated activities. This creates a wonderful atmosphere that will help your kids to embrace the world of skiing!

 

Read on for advice on helping your kids to have an unforgettable trip.

Are They Ready?

One of the most common questions that ski-loving parents ask is “when should my child start skiing?” Provided they have good balance and coordination, they should be able to get the hang of it. A love of snow is also a plus and not an issue with most kids!

How Can You Encourage Them?

A skiing vacation is not an ordinary vacation. Help them to get in the right mindset by showing them videos, reading books on skiing and generally showing them what a fun activity it is (this should not be too hard!) It is also wise to get them to try on their skis in the safety of their own home – this will develop confidence and make the first day less intimidating.

Laugh at Tumbles

We all eat the snow at some point. It is important to let your kids know that they will fall over, but that it is all part of the process and a key stage in learning. Tell them amusing stories of your own faceplants and laugh whenever you mess up on the slopes. This will keep things positive and add humour instead of stress or embarrassment.

Lessons or Go Alone?

This comes down to personal preference, but if you are confident that you can teach your children the ropes then, by all means, do so – they will feel more confident under the tutelage of a parent. Start them on gentle runs on the baby slopes and make the experience as happy as possible. On the other side of the debate, ski instructors are trained in helping youngsters and provide a fun and safe learning environment. It can also be beneficial to learn alongside kids their own age too.

Tips and Accessories

One great tip I’ve picked up over the years is to give your kid the handle end of your ski pole and hold it across both of you for support. This helps them to get used to the feeling of travelling across the snow. Harnesses can also be of great assistance in developing confidence with newbies.

Strike a Superhero Pose

If they are struggling at any point, get them to strike a superhero pose with their head up, hands on hips and legs shoulder-width apart. In addition to adding a bit of humour, re-search shows that adopting this pose boosts self-confidence and allows them to be in the moment. This is a handy tip not just for skiing!

Overall, it is essential that you let your children progress at their own pace and you should never push them. They should associate skiing with fun and the best way to do this is to create a positive environment in which they can learn.

How to Get to Morzine

Flying to Geneva from London takes around 1.5 hours and many of the budget carriers make the flight. You do not want to be messing around with public transport with little ones in tow, so I suggest booking a Geneva to Morzine transfer for stress-free access. The journey from Geneva to Morzine takes just over an hour by road.

Ousted Catalan president, 4 others in custody in Brussels

Ousted Catalan president, 4 others in custody in Brussels

Former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont makes a statement in the form of a video calling for the release of “the legitimate government of Catalonia,” after a Spanish judge ordered nine Catalan secessionist leader to be held in custody pending a potential trial over the region’s independence push , in Brussels, Belgium, November 2, 2017. TV3 VIA REUTERS TV / REUTERS
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BRUSSELS – Brussels prosecutors said Sunday that ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and four ex-regional ministers were taken into custody to start the process of their possible extradition to Spain.

The five presented themselves to the federal police at around 9 a.m. (3 a.m. ET), Brussels prosecutor’s office spokesman Gilles Dejemeppe. He said that they have not been arrested and that Puigdemont and the four members of his disbanded Cabinet will be heard by an investigative judge later in the day.

The Belgian judge will have to decide within 24 hours of what separatist politicians wanted in Spain on suspicion of independence for the northeastern Catalonia in violation of Spain’s Constitution.

Dejemeppe said the judge’s options range from “refusal to execute the European arrest, arresting the people involved, releasing them on conditions or under bail.” He said if they are arrested then they will be sent to jail as the extradition process continues. Dejemeppe said that the whole process from arrest to extradition, could take more than 60 days.

That delay could give Puigdemont time to participate, albeit from afar and in largely a symbolic capacity, in the regional snap election called by Spain’s government for Catalonia on Dec. 21.

 

A senior official of Puigdemont’s party, the center-right Democratic Party of Catalonia, said on Sunday that the party wanted Puigdemont to repeat as its candidate. Spanish government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo has said that any politician can run in the election unless he has been convicted of a crime.

Puigdemont and the four ex-ministers fled to Belgium as part of an extraordinary crackdown to the region’s illegal secession claim.

A Spanish National Court judge issued a suspicion of five crimes, including rebellion, sedition and embezzlement, on Friday, a day after the same judge sent another former Catalan Cabinet members to jail without bail while her investigation continues. A ninth spent a night in jail and was freed after posting bail.

Puigdemont wrote in Dutch in his Twitter account on Saturday that he was “prepared to fully cooperate with Belgian justice following the European arrest warrant issued by Spain.”

Puigdemont’s lawyer in Brussels has already said that his client plans to fight extradition to Spain without requesting political asylum.

Political forces in Catalonia are hurryly jockeying for position to start a campaign that promises to be as bitter as it is decisive to Spain’s worst institutional crisis in nearly four decades.

Keeps the pennywort from the Galapagos Islands

Keeps the pennywort from the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands wildlife is the most unique species in the world. At that time in the archipelago, off the coast of South America, the naturalist Charles Darwin based his research which later became his “Theory of Evolution”.
Currently the archipelago is a popular place for ecotourism, with wildlife cruises in the Galapagos often sitting at the top of the list of nature lovers desires. However, apart from – and, in some cases, because – the remote geographic position of the island, many species face a serious threat to their survival, and some are extinct. Keeps the pennywort from the Galapagos Islands

The ground birds in the archipelago are a declining group, the most prominent being the Finches Darwin (which are actually 15 separate species) – so named as their “light bulbs” in Darwin’s theory of natural selection. Keeps the pennywort from the Galapagos Islands

Saving the Land Bird

The Charles Darwin Research Institute (CDRI) in Santa Cruz, is a site that is in the travel plans of every wildlife voyage in the Galapagos. Their precious works are essential to the preservation of wildlife archipelago, and one of their many projects is focused on controlling the parasitic flies endangering Finches Darwin.

Philornis Downsi is an introduced species, whose larvae live and eat children from finch chicks, causing many to die in their nests. Ectoparasites are also believed to be responsible for the decline of other poultry species.

Philornis Project

Research conducted by CDRI begins with attempts to enlarge the Philornis larvae downsi in the laboratory, without the help of a poultry host. This difficult task is achieved for the first time by a dedicated undergraduate thesis student, although increasing the number of flies in large quantities required for research purposes continues to cause problems.

Researchers from the CDRI went to Panama to observe the work of the Missile Defensive Maintenance Program, where millions of “sterile” flies were produced regularly to help the project to eradicate invasive caterpillars. The researchers can transfer what they get from this very successful project and apply it to very positive results.

Although CDRI flies are bred in greater numbers because of the team’s achievements to improve some of Panama’s project techniques, making flies into regular marriage still proves a challenge. However, there is a large and dedicated team working on this project, and they are confident they will reach a solution.

Learning more about fly biology is essential for the next step in the program to develop successful methods for controlling the numbers. Once a regular breeding program is conducted, research on flies management effectively will provide a major step forward in the conservation of the domestic birds.

Small Project Makes a Big Difference

For anyone planning a wildlife voyage in the Galapagos, understanding CDR’s vital work will offer greater insight into this incredible world and the challenges it faces. The ongoing Philornis project is just one example of how seemingly small conservation projects have the potential to make a big difference to the archipelagic ecology.

Keeps the pennywort from the Galapagos Islands

Go Sky High & Ski Free in Courmayeur

Go Sky High & Ski Free in Courmayeur

Courmayeur, nestled in the Italian Alps at the foot of Mont Blanc, may be famous as an elegant ski resort but for those who want the snow and mountains without the high octane thrills, it also offers a range of other activities.
With exclusive boutiques and excellent restaurants scattered around the resort’s pretty pedestrianised centre, combined with the short transfer from Geneva to Courmayeur, it makes a wonderful spot for a winter break, even without the skiing.

 

Mountain Views Without Skis

Restaurants and boutiques are all very well, but if you’ve come to the Alps for stunning mountain views but don’t want to do too much walking then you’ll be thrilled to discover that the Skyway Monte Bianco cable car makes the mountains accessible to all.

First built as a way of connecting the Italians of Courmayeur with the town of Chamonix in France as early as the 1930s, the original cables were destroyed by French fighter planes during World War Two.

After the war, a station was opened at 3300m, but engineers were unable to reach the summit due to the shifting glacier ice. It wasn’t until 2015 that the top station at Punta Helbronner was finally opened at 3466m.

Today the Skyway Monte Bianco takes visitors from Courmayeur, up through a series of stations, to the summit of Mont Blanc with views of many of the Alps’ highest peaks.

Spend Time at the Skyway Stations

Starting at Pontal, visitors are swept up the face of Mont Blanc to the first station of Pavillon du Mont Fréty.

Those who just want to feel they are at the heart of the mountain landscape will enjoy spending the day at the station here, enjoying the botanical garden (which specialises in Alpine plants) or relaxing in its restaurant, shopping area or cinema.

For a truly breathtaking view of the Alps, carry on up the cable car to the top station at Punta Helbronner. The modern structure (designed to look like a shard of ice) has a 360º viewing terrace and a crystal museum, as well as a café, bar and restaurant.

Relax with a Skyway Spa

Put all thoughts of aching skiing muscles out of your mind and instead imagine staying at the Pré-Saint-Didier Spa and indulging in its ‘Spa and Cable Car’ package. The deal includes days spent on Mont Blanc at the Skyway’s beautiful stations, followed by relaxing, rejuvenating treatments in the spa’s elegant therapy rooms.

How to Get There

Since relaxation and beautiful scenery is at the heart of your winter break to Courmayeur, it’s good to know that getting there couldn’t be easier. There are regular flights from the UK to Geneva, and a short, easy transfer of an hour and a half from Geneva to Courmayeur.

For the ultimate stress-free transfer from Geneva to Courmayeur, book an executive car with Shuttle Direct before you leave home and we’ll be there to meet you at the arrivals lounge when you land and take you directly to your resort accommodation.

5 Real Estate Advertising Tools That Can Help You Sell Your Home

 

If you’re thinking new tech has not quite reached the real estate industry, think again. From drones to social media, there are plenty of fresh and modern ways to help sell your home fast.

Our recent advances in technology have given us the tools to advertise directly to our consumers. So, whether you’re a homeowner or agent, you have what you need at your fingertips.

Here are five real estate advertising tools that can help you sell your home faster than you could have just a few years ago.

1. Professional Photos
Buyers are using laptops and mobile devices to view available more homes than ever. Want to get them past the screen and through your door?

Make sure your listing includes high-quality professional photos of almost every room. That means iPhone snapshots will not cut it.

Studies show that listings with professional photos sell quicker and for more money than listings without.

But if you’re dealing with a highly competitive market, consider going above and beyond professional photography. Read on for more ways to set your listing apart from the crowd.

2. Drone Photography
Since nine out of ten home buyers use the internet as a primary research tool, eye-catching content is essential.

High-quality professional photos are important but it is becoming more common to see. Drone photography is a new way to get your listing to stand out.

Marketing a real estate property is not easy. Drone photography can provide your listing with beautiful, dramatic, sweeping shots of your property.

It can also be the best way to showcase the surrounding landscape and layout. Both of which are effective selling points and deserve to be a part of your advertising strategy.

3. 3D Immersive Video Tours
Are you a tech nerd? Well, get ready for this. If professional photos and drones are not enough for you, consider a 3D immersive video tour of your home.

The Bigger Equity site says we are currently in a seller’s market. But that does not mean you can not get creative real estate advertising strategies.

Virtual tours have provided the kind of exposure we used to only dream about. With a 3D immersive video tour, anyone in the world can tour your property for as long as they want. From wherever they want.

The investor in China has the opportunity to “tour” your home without flying back and forth. The military wife moving cross-country gets a chance at picking the right house for her family, without any inconvenience.

Great pictures and videos are essential, but buyers need to get your first listing. Here’s where to get your eyes on your property.

4. Social Media
Ever thought to post your listing on Facebook, Twitter, or even Pinterest? These are the best places to share your photos and videos.

Many agents are encouraging their sellers to share their listing with their friends. And to get friends and family to share your listing with their networks.

Social media is not just a place to waste the hours away. It’s a great selling tool that you should be taking advantage of.

5. Do not Forget Real Estate Advertising Basics
You can not go wrong with these real estate advertising tools as they have stood the test of time.

Make sure your home is listed on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) site. Complete with a full description and professional photos. This is the first place many buyers and agents will be looking for available homes.

Ceramics and Châteaus: Discover Genteel Gien

Ceramics and Châteaus: Discover Genteel Gien

There’s little doubt that an essential element of all barge holidays in France is being able to dock at the myriad towns and villages that line the waterways and entice visitors in with their charms. As part of the itinerary of the hotel barge Renaissance, guests will be able to see the sights of Gien, renowned for its pottery and royal château.
Finding your Bearings

 

Prior to diving into the town, it is well worth disembarking on the south bank to take in the attractions of Gien all at once: from this vantage point, you can savour the spectacle of the river as it passes below the eighteenth-century bridge, under the watchful gaze of the sixteenth-century château.

Not even the loss of much of Gien’s historic buildings during World War II can detract from the pleasant view. Indeed, the painstaking and very convincing post-war reconstruction has done much to bury these ghosts of the past.

Marvel at Gien’s Pottery

Cultural exploration is an integral part of our barge holidays. In France, there are always abundant opportunities for the discerning traveller to discover regional produce, and Gien is no exception. The town has crafted a fine reputation for the calibre of its pottery, in particular for its Faïence pottery. Production began when Thomas Hall, an Englishman from Stoke-on-Trent who was intent on bringing high-quality English earthenware to France, established a factory in 1821.

In deciding to base his enterprise in Gien, Hall chose wisely, capitalising on the town’s physical amenities. The Sologne forest, which is in close proximity to Gien, provided a ready source of wood for the kilns. What’s more, the Loire granted access to markets throughout France (until water travel was superseded by the railways), in addition to providing sand and water for making clay.

While production continues to this day, the factory has also taken on a new guise as a museum dedicated to telling the story of the industry and shedding light on the making of these exquisite ceramics.

A Château Fit for Kings and Queens

There’s one more attraction that certainly merits a visit before you return to the hotel barge. Holidays in France are rarely complete without sojourning for a while at a château, and Gien’s has certainly welcomed its fair share of royal visitors. This elegant edifice was constructed for the use of Anne de Beaujeu, the daughter of Louis XI, in the final years of the fifteenth century. Future guests included Henri II and his wife Catherine de Médici, as well as Louis XIV, the famous ‘Sun King’.

Despite being bombed during World War II, the château was successfully restored. Since 1952, it’s housed a museum, which is dedicated to the most royal of pastimes: hunting. Through paintings, sculptures and an array of weapons and trophies from successful forays, the museum details how hunting and its depiction has developed through the centuries.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury barge holidays in France. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.

Here are 5 Simple Ways You Can Get Better Sleep

 

Sleep. For something we spend a lot of our time doing, is not it strange that we seem to be not so good at it?

Most of us spend more than a third of our lives sleeping. But, as many of us know, with increasing order, there is often a difference between sleep, and deep sleep.

And anything less than satisfying sleep is not just a problem for our next day’s productivity. Lack of sleep is now considered a public health problem.

So, if you find yourself constantly trying to sleep well, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, we share 5 easy tips to help you, not just to find your sleeping sweet spot, but also to keep it.

5 Simple Ways You Can Sleep Better

1. Pillow Talk – Are you using the Best Memory Foam Memory?
If you do not get enough sleep, the first place you should look is your pillow.

Why? Because it could be the cause of all the sleepless nights.

Poor pillows are not just annoying annoyances that keep you going all night. It can really force your head into an unnatural position, causing neck pain, aching muscles and joints and overall other orthopedic problems.

Soft pillows sometimes offer little support, while a more stable pillow can be too strong.

So what to do?

Go for the best memory foam pillows you can find.

There are many choices of large memory foam pillows available, so it’s important to choose the one that best suits your needs.

2. Unplug from Technology
Most of us spend most of every day on our phones, checking our social media pages, staring at the computer screen.

Actually, we are too excited.

As you go to bed, another step away from your iPhone and any other technology gadgets you have.

You will thank yourself in the morning.

3. Create Atmosphere Haven
Our bedroom should be a quiet place. We have to associate the room with relaxation and tranquility.

So, our room must be dark, lonely and have no chaos.

They must have a cold temperature. This is because the cool body releases the sleep hormone, melatonin, and it helps us nod faster.

4. Check your Sleep Posture
The posture that we assume as we sleep plays an important role in helping us get enough sleep.

But, although you can not improve your posture if you sleep through it, there are some things you can do to promote the correct posture.

The choice of your pillow back is very important here. Like the mattress you have, and even the blanket or blanket you choose.

5. Eating Drowned Foods
We are all becoming increasingly aware of the role of essential nutrients in every aspect of our lives. Our sleeping life is no different.

To optimize your sleep, eat foods that can help you sleep.

Some of them include:

Wheat
Banana
Almond nut
Chamomile
Tomato
Cherry
Orange
Toast bread
Never sleep hungry. Maybe try eating the food late in the evening, then induction-sleeping snack before bed.

Sleep is better

So, that’s it. 5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Sleep Quality

Imagine waking up after a peaceful, undisturbed, noble night sleep.

Try some of our suggestions and do not imagine it again!

5 Issues Authors Run Into That Require Legal Support

 

The art of writing as a career is a free expression of your thoughts, beliefs, experiences, and imagination for a profit.

However, as liberal as this profession may seem, it still has to play by the rules.

Writers can sometimes find themselves in need of legal support if they are not aware of the industry’s general do’s and don’ts.

Here Are 5 Issues Authors May Need Legal Support to Address
1. Copyright Issues

The best way to avoid copyright is to only publish your own work, but what about when you need something to support your writing?

This may be an image or a fact to add some credibility to the article or book you are working on. Always reach out to the source you want to cite.

When in doubt, use a trusted third party or practice Fair Use.

Instead of finding a random image from a search engine, sign up for a stock image or hire a photographer to your own private stock.

2. Trademark Infringement

Trademark infringement may unintentionally cause you to need legal support. It is the unauthorized use of a trademark or brand in connection to something which may cause confusion.

Have you ever told someone to “just Google” a random fact, or “use a Kleenex” to blow their nose? This may be fine for the trade infringement.

If you are ever writing about a real-life situation in which someone is using a brand, try to create a fictional alternative to avoid needing legal support.

3. Privacy Rights

Another thing to be cautious about when relating true stories is the respect for privacy protection.

The United States has specific rights about disclosing another person’s private information such as medical or financial situations. Also, consider personal matters which may be considered sensitive or embarrassing.

Ask yourself if you are the subject how it would feel to have your private business counsel before publishing.

4. Contract Challenges

When working with a publisher, always double check the contract negotiations and rights.

Are you signing away movie and television rights? How much control will you have in the editing process before the final draft is confirmed?

The best way to avoid needing legal support is to have a consistent, open line of communication with publishers.

When both parties understand submission deadlines, revision guidelines, and updating rights, the smoother the writing process becomes.

5. Registration of Your Copyright

Copyright exists as soon as you put something out in the world. Whether it be as a freelance writer, online blogger, or published author, the moment you put your name on it, it’s yours.

You reserve the right to authorize others to use your words and information. However, sometimes copyright issues arise.

The best way to protect your writing is to register your copyright. This may require some legal funding, but it is well worth the investment; it’s like insurance for your work.

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Discover Ireland’s Grand Canal on a Barge Cruise

Discover Ireland’s Grand Canal on a Barge Cruise

For your next holiday, take a barge cruise down the Grand Canal and travel from Dublin to Shannon to discover all Ireland has to offer. You can admire the gorgeous green countryside and delightful little cottages that line the waterway, while diving into its interesting and intricate history as a commercial route which allowed the surrounding towns to prosper.
Length and Route

 

The Grand Canal in Ireland extends for 117 kilometres. Passing through Leinster, it flows from Ringsend in Dublin to the Shannon Harbour in County Offaly. This is the main route, built to connect the capital city with the country’s midlands. The waterway does also have another run that spreads from Lowtown in Couty Kildare to the River Barrow in Athy. There are also various branches that link up with four other towns, though it’s worth mentioning that your barge cruise will probably stick to the main route.

Along the way, you can enjoy beautiful views of Irish towns and villages with their charming little cottages, while admiring the many bridges that arch over the smooth water. The fauna and flora also remain untouched, with grassy towpaths and side roads lining the waterway and adding to the iconic Irish countryside feel.

History of the Grand Canal

Though the canal was closed to commercial traffic in the mid-twentieth century, it has since been restored to its former glory and regularly welcomes a variety of boats and barge cruises. It still features the original 43 locks, five of which are, from an engineering point of view, particularly interesting as they are double locks. Back in the day, these would have allowed the traffic to move faster as two boats can pass at once and there’s more chance of reaching a lock that’s in your favour. The lock-keepers’ cottages have also been refurbished to celebrate the history of this canal…

Relationship with The Guinness Factory

…And what a history it is! The Grand Canal played a crucial role in the creation and development of the Guinness factory. In 1759, two years after the construction of the canal began, Arthur Guinness founded his famous brewery. Thanks to the waterway, he could transport heavy loads of the raw materials he needed far more cheaply and effectively than by road. It was also an ideal way of exporting his finished product. When you pass through the eighth lock on a barge cruise, keep your eyes peeled for the Guinness filter beds which are still used by Arthur’s company today.

Impact of the Famine

In the first half of the nineteenth century, Ireland’s economy began to fail. As people lost their jobs, the Commission for Public Works set them to work on creating the canal. This was a successful scheme until the potato crops failed and the Great Famine broke out. Work had to be halted as labour became scarce. Eventually, trade and commerce on the canal declined, particularly as the construction of the railroads had just started.

By the 1980s, the Grand Canal had become something of a dumping ground. Thankfully, in 1986 it received a funding injection that sought to rejuvenate the canal and restore it to its former glory. Today boat traffic from barge cruises has increased and thousands are able to enjoy this historic waterway.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury barge cruise itineraries. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.