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Taking each day as it comes on a barge on the Yonne river in southern Burgundy is one of the most relaxing ways to spend a summer European holiday, writes Arlene Harris

Travelling at a sedate six kilometres per hour, the warm, clean air is filled with a cacophony of birdsong twinned with the quiet hum of an engine and the gentle lapping of water – I have arrived in heaven.

Cruising down the Yonne river in southern Burgundy on a beautiful vintage barge, I feel as if I have stepped out of modern life and been transported into a different era or even a different realm altogether.

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