In theory, the idea of a family boating vacation – a brother and a sister, our spouses, and two teenaged girls all spending a week on a small boat in a foreign country – sounded perfect to my brother Mark and me. But to my husband, Douglas, and my sister-in-law,
Gina, it may at first have struck a chord of terror because,
let’s be honest, boats offer little in the way of escape from
the 24/7 quirkiness of loved ones.
Luckily, on my end, thanks to both the complex point system that Douglas and I employ when it involves getting him
to attend social functions and a certain month-long hiking trip
he’d taken while I’d held down the fort at home, well, his options
about whether to go or not were confined to one. Gina, too, was
Miracle Of A
This crew of six piles en famile onto
a 55-foot barge and takes on the
French canals – and togetherness
BY BERNADETTE BERNON
Right, one of the
many creative shop
signs from the village of books.