“Je veux montant s’il vous plait”

Avignon to Lyon – 5 days ascending the Rhône August 15th to 20th   Feeling confident about diminishing wind and current speeds, and not too much in the way of Meteo alarms we set off from Avignon. There is always a little bit of apprehension about the Rhône for us. There are not that manyContinue reading ““Je veux montant s’il vous plait””

Leaving the South behind

August 1st to 11th   Canal du Rhðne à Sète, Petit Rhðne, and the start of Le Rhðne  1st – 4th still at la Peyrade We started August where we finished July – la Peyrade – and settled in with a live-aboard community, cycling back and forth to the Intermarché supermarket and the Brico. Stewart fitted grill ventsContinue reading “Leaving the South behind”

Juillet sur le Midi and la mer

I planned not to do a blog for a while,  but the temptation to share some of the things we have seen and done proves too great. To be precise, 25 days were spent on the Midi, 1 on the Hérault, and 5 on the Canal du Rhône à Sète, which connects to the Mediterannean allContinue reading “Juillet sur le Midi and la mer”

Trebes tranquility to Castel musique

15th June – 22nd June 2018 Our trip from Marseillette to PK116 outside Trébes was gentle and meandering, passing by Millegrand and Millepetit on the way.   Just outside Millepetit is a steepish bend. In the past the big barges had to be ‘roped’ round these bends and the evidence – a stone pillar engravedContinue reading “Trebes tranquility to Castel musique”

Back on the Midi with Stu

8th – 14th June 2018         Last episode I left us at Le Somail, with the huge ancient bookshop, brebis (sheep milk) ice cream, and mooring under the fig trees, shady enough to eat outside on the warm summer days.       We also ate at one of the local restaurantsContinue reading “Back on the Midi with Stu”

Up the Jonction

  I didn’t do my research properly for the blog going down to Port de la Nouvelle. I regret that I used the names Canal de la Robine and Embranchement de Nouvelle interchangeably and incorrectly! So let’s put that right. Narbonne is key. A mixture of Romans digging a channel to connect Narbonne to theContinue reading “Up the Jonction”

Canal de Robine – the start of the return

Saturday in Port-la Nouvelle was like Friday but better, and interesting!   We even had steak haché and frites cooked for us by the crew! Our mooring seemed to have gate-crashed a pompier (fire and rescue service) training weekend and we enjoyed watching about 25 young people climbing in and out of wet suits, runningContinue reading “Canal de Robine – the start of the return”

Canal de la Robine – to the end!

aka Embranchment de la Nouvelle May 11 – 18 2018 A week of city-scape, landscape, sea scape and port, as we moved the 35 kilometres from the junction with the Midi, through Sallèles-d’Aude and Narbonne, to Port de la Nouvelle, picking up two visitors and lots of mosquito bites along the way. Looking back, itContinue reading “Canal de la Robine – to the end!”

Semaine Trois

Will we, won’t we, windy, windy, windy. Deciding when to leave Marseillette is a wind blown decision – waiting for the gusts and gales to diminish so that our progress on down the canal is more enjoyable. Eventually on Friday, mid morning, the leaves are rustling less and the Red Ensign drops below 90 degrees,Continue reading “Semaine Trois”

21 kms, Carcassonne to Marseillette

April 27 – May 4 After three nights in the middle of town we were straining at the tow ropes to be out in the country again. After a rapid excursion into town for bread and tomatoes we left Carcassonne, on a grey but warm day, heading for a rural mooring outside Trèbes. At theContinue reading “21 kms, Carcassonne to Marseillette”