Ancient stone villages built right on the water’s edge pass you by and large iron barriers groan under the pressure of the water that is pushing against them. You are sitting back in a deck chair, relaxing with a glass of French champagne in your hand, watching the sun set on yet another glorious day on the canal. The water laps ever so gently against the boat. A fragrant smell from the kitchen below permeates the air, and suddenly you feel hungry, even though you thought you couldn’t possibly eat again. Welcome to life aboard the Savannah, a luxury barge cruise in France; your dream holiday on the Canal du Midi.