Johanna's guestbook

A selection of comments written in our Guestbook
     or received via e-mail.

45 entries.
Steve Buckley from Elon, NC, USA wrote on May 24, 2022
We just enjoyed one of the best vacations of our life. Our trip along the Marne with Kris and Patsie could not have been better. The Johanna was lovingly and thoughtfully designed by Kris to make the experience as good as possible. Patsie is an accomplished and creative chef who makes each meal interesting and delicious. The side trips are interesting and informative. We highly recommend it.
Hans en Marika from Ham (BE) wrote on July 31, 2020
Wij zijn met een bevriend koppel enkele nachten te gast geweest bij de B&B “JOHANNA” te Brugge.
De ontvangst was spontaan en hartelijk. Indien gewenst krijg je direct de nodige informatie om Brugge te gaan verkennen. De kamers waren zeer proper en goed in orde. Het ontbijt is zeer gevarieerd en uitgebreid met voor elk wat wils. Zelfs bij een regenachtige dag hebben we volop genoten van de gezelligheid bij jullie. Het was een zeer aangenaam verblijf en we komen zeker nog eens terug,
Giorgio Lenardo from Italy wrote on December 14, 2019
Very good location, out of normal schemes and near to Historical Centre. A particular note to the handlers, extremely kind and nice, perfect to make you feel at home. We wish you all the worlds fortune for your own life and for your activity. In our heart will remain fabulous remind of Brugge. Merry XMas.

Jim, Alex, Will and Lynne A. from Fairfax Station, VA, USA wrote on August 9, 2019
Our family was looking for a place to celebrate several milestones this year. Your barge has provided the perfect setting to enjoy and celebrate these occasions while leaving us with everlasting memories.
We selected the Johanna based on the travel stops and locations in the Champagne region, your cooking reputation and barge experience.
We have had a tremendous time, from our first step on deck we were not disappointed. The food has been fantastic, the wine and champagne perfect and abundant.
We appreciate your passion! It makes you great hosts. The van tours to towns and champagne houses was great, fun and educational.
We are very thankful for you in allowing us to invite our family friends from Chateau-Thierry on board for lunch. This was very special as they shared stories from WW2.
Thank you for being great hosts, we appreciate your endless energy in providing the best tour down the Marne.
We wish you all the best! Sincerely
Marche Ann and David M. from TX, USA wrote on July 26, 2019
Work, Save, Travel, Repeat! David

I have traveled extensively over the years, but we both agree this was one of the most delightful culinary experiences EVER! We have loved every minute of it and will be so sad when it's over. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, capt. Kris, chef Patise and William for a trip of a lifetime.
Fondly, Marche Ann
Dotty & Gary H. from Forth Worth, TX wrote on July 26, 2019
Never could we have imagined how fabulous this barge cruise could be! You exceeded every expectation with your warm hospitality and incredible culinayr feats! Absolutely everything was perfect!
We have loved getting to know each of you and wish you all the best with the Johanna.
This has been the trip of a lifetime and we will never forget the best vacation --- ever! We hope to see you again. So, until we meet again we will say Au revoir, y'all! All the best.
26 july 2019
Flora, Clarisse, M.Louise, en Gilbert from België wrote on May 25, 2019
Bedankt voor de gezellige dagen, goed weer, goed eten, vrolijke stemming. Voor herhaling vatbaar. Flora.
Bedankt voor de mooie dagen en de pillen + massage. Goed eten en drinken. Een zeer geslaagde week. Kusjes xxx, Clarisse
Vier tachtig-plussers genoten van de champagnestreek tussen Chateau-Thierry en Reims. We hebben het getroffen: het weer, de boot, het gezelschap en het lekkere eten. Bedankt. M Louise , Gilbert
Judy, Mike, Donna, Tim, Tere and Don from USA wrote on April 26, 2019
We came to the Johanna and Champagne as a reason, as if one was needed, for six friends to enjoy time with one another. There is nothing more unusual and precious than a good friend. We were blessed to have these. We came six friends, departing as nine!
Thank you Patsie, Kris and William. You have participated in memories that will be reviewed, recanted and rejoiced to every friend and family member of ours throughout our lives!
Marivic & Frederic from Spits Lucy, Izegem, BE wrote on September 24, 2018
It's quite a good experience for us to be on board of lovely Johanna. We thank you for this opportunity and the delicious food. Hopefully we can do this again next time. We loved it!❤
Tim K. & Elizabeth C from TN, USA wrote on September 15, 2018
5 stars to Johanna and crew!
Thank you for a most magical and relaxing experience - and so historical and informative! We so enjoyed you all, the conversations, the tours, the enchanting cruising, and of course, the wonderful "cuisine de Patsie", and superb wine and champagne! And Patsie, thank you so much for sharing recipe hints + guidance + advice (and cookbooks!) and of course the Friday market in Chateau-Thierry!
Kris, your technical and navigation skills and knowledge are amazing - as is Johanna's mighty engine.
We truly hope to join you again in the future! All our best.
Oliver from Chicago IL USA wrote on September 6, 2018
C'est magnifique!
Les meilleures vacances de now vies! Merci beaucoup mes nouveaux amis!
Beaucoup d'amour!
Mimi (Marilyn), Jeff Y. from La Fayette, Louisiana, and Chicago IL USA wrote on September 6, 2018
Writing this is bittersweet... Basically it means that we are near the end of this incredible adventure of ours. Anything I write in these pages would not come close to the level of appreciation we have for what you have done for us. From going on amazing tours to eating fantastic gourmet meals... Seriously, Patsie, give yourself a bow! To relaxing and letting life's problems slip away on the Johanna, we can't thank you enough. This has been the vacation of a lifetime for the three of us and you both have exceeded our expectations. There is an expression in America that sums up how we feel right now... Our experience on the Johanna is "The Cherry on Top".
Merci et Bon Chance!
Love, Mimi
Famille Laurence B. from Reims, FR wrote on August 11, 2018
Une journée fantastique, du calme, un accueil merveilleux!
Mille mercies!

Journée de rève ou tout s'arrête! Des hôtes adorables et une table de roi!!! Que demander de plus.
Merci pour votre accueil.
Jane & Ben L from NY , NY wrote on August 3, 2018
The sad end of a happy week! Wonderful sights, food, company and experience. Thank you for making the first (and we hope not the last) barge trip such a succes.
Forgot to say: the "Dame Blanche" will never be forgotten.
Admin Reply by: Kris Rotsaert
Hi Ben,
at least we know now that a "Dame Blanche" is called a "Vanilla Sundae" over there 😊
Mary Katherine R. from Palm Coast, FL wrote on July 24, 2018
Chère Patsie & Kris,
Thanks for making my traveling book about dreams a reality. We hope to pave the way for many others to enjoy the beauty of France, Johanna & the crew in such elegant fashion. Thanks also to you for shepherding us around. The champagne experiences, meals on board under Patsie's creative eye, and the smooth sailing make for an unforgettable vacation!
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