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”

Here we go – starting the 2018 journey

The season began in earnest on Friday April 20th. We left our house and it’s wall of possessions behind the day before, allowing ourselves a night at a Gatwick Premier Inn, surprisingly civilised, before flying out. Everything went smoothly, apart from me leaving my phone at security! A plane, bus and train ride later weContinue reading “Here we go – starting the 2018 journey”

And then we had visitors!

During the summer Calliope enjoyed becoming a hotel boat! From mid June to mid August we had friends and family aboard for 30 days out of 60 days, and felt quite dazed as a consequence!  It was lovely; our plan when buying the boat was that it would be a pleasant place for people toContinue reading “And then we had visitors!”

Short Stretches – Montech, Montauban and our first 10kms of le Tarn.

It was so great to have some of the family with us for the 9 locks, 1 overnight stop, and 10 kilometres of l’embranchement (canal) de Montech. It also gave us the chance to drop down onto the Tarn and experience some river boating – in all weathers as you will discover. On the returnContinue reading “Short Stretches – Montech, Montauban and our first 10kms of le Tarn.”

Looking back – Canal de Garonne from West to East

Funny the things you see when you are heading on the opposite direction! For example we found beetles amassing at Le-Mas-d’Agenais on the old walls of the village.   And I found time to walk across Le-Mas-d’Agenais bridge in the day time and take a mid-Garonne selfie.             The bridge isContinue reading “Looking back – Canal de Garonne from West to East”