Along his gastronomic journey through the idyllic waterways of Southern France, Rick Stein's French Odyssey explores French culinary tradition - perfect for aspiring cooks everywhere. Deliciously filmed, Rick's culinary tour on an ancient barge takes him via the Canal du Midi from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. His final destination is a little restaurant near Marseilles where he had the best seafood lunch imaginable. On his journey Rick samples regional foods from country stew in Castelsarrasin to the Montaine Noire hams of Castelnaudary. Further south he stops over in the Languedoc wine region and samples local delicacies before heading towards Marseilles via the Canal du Rhone.
Runtime: 30 minutes
Rick Stein's French Odyssey - Rosa (barge) - Netflix
Rosa is a French hotel barge of Dutch origin. Since 1990 she has been offering cruises to international tourists on the Canal de Garonne in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region of South West France.. The waterway authority Voies Navigables de France reported in 2014 that there were around 80 hotel barges operating on the inland waterways. They keep alive the tradition of the boatmen (mariniers) who have declined in number from thousands in the post-World War II years to just a few hundred today.
Rick Stein's French Odyssey - History - Netflix
Rosa was built in Dedemsvaart, the Netherlands, in 1907, as a klipper style barge. She was converted to a hotel barge in 1990, to cruise on the Canal de Garonne. She was initially named Renaissance. She was refurbished in 2010.