Lateral to La Loire

We said good-bye to the Canal de Nivernais at Decize, but still had a few more days before we were to say good-bye to Jenny and  Charlie so as a boatload of 4 we voyaged down a small section of La Loire to join the lateral canal. Two seemingly big, adjacent, locks called Ter andContinue reading “Lateral to La Loire”

14 days on the Nivernais Canal

If you are ever going on the Nivernais, allow a month or more. There are lots of lovely places to enjoy and explore. Our 14 days were magical, and tiring! We were on a mission to meet firstly two friends, and then a grand-daughter, hence the speedy trip.   Talkin’ ’bout Migennes-eration – a goodContinue reading “14 days on the Nivernais Canal”

Going down the Yonne side of Canal de Bourgogne

  Four days at Pouilley – alternately very hot, very wet, quite windy. Altogether pleasant R&R. So relaxed that I took almost no photos! We were moored up just a few boats from Manuka – Guy and Vicki, our Piper boat friends, which gave the four of us an excuse for an evening of beer,Continue reading “Going down the Yonne side of Canal de Bourgogne”

Going up the Canal de Bourgogne, Saone side

St-Jean-de-Losne to Pouilley-en-Auxoir 10 days in June 2016 with Captain Stu’s comments in italics! We had reached St-Jean-de-Losne from Auxonne down La Saone (in pretty rapid time) and stopped in at the boatyard chandlery for some fenders and canal maps. After a quick lunch on the visitors moorings we set off up Canal de Bourgogne –Continue reading “Going up the Canal de Bourgogne, Saone side”

La Saône – a big river with big mood swings

I’d lke to just preface this section by saying ‘yes, the river did change from blue to grey/green and back again, many times. It’s not just my photography!’   7 days in early June 2016 Setting off   At last, after all the floods and dangerous currents, the rivers were on ‘green – passable with particularContinue reading “La Saône – a big river with big mood swings”

Langres down to Heuilley – our descent on Canal Entre Champagne et Bourgogne

May 31 and the first few days of June   It rained all day! We had another very wet journey, starting with the two locks to the tunnel – all covered on the last chapter. We had got to about 1500 foot above sea level, which is where we began at Saint Valery-sur-Somme on AprilContinue reading “Langres down to Heuilley – our descent on Canal Entre Champagne et Bourgogne”

Canal Entre Champagne et Borgogne – a canal well worth the effort.

Part 1 – Going up!  2 weeks end of May 2016   Goodbye Soulanges, next stop Vitry Le Francois, to buy bread for lunch. This looked a major junction – three canals meting – we were leaving the Canal Lateral à la Marne to join Canal Entre Champagne et Borgogne, with the Canal de laContinue reading “Canal Entre Champagne et Borgogne – a canal well worth the effort.”

Little friends hitching a lift on Calliope

This may seem a bit weird when the blog is about barging through France, but I’m afraid it will always home in on the things I find fascinating – usually the wildlife! Quite often delicate and beautiful insects, spiders and butterflies hitch a lift on Calliope. When I am lucky I manage to catch a close-up.Continue reading “Little friends hitching a lift on Calliope”

Champagne country – La Marne

  4 days mid-May 2016   The T junction at Condé-sur-Marbe looked tempting both ways – so we turned right for a couple of days, then came back and went down the left arm. Turning right had Calliope faced towards Epernay – but we did not get that far.     We were on theContinue reading “Champagne country – La Marne”

Sweet flowing L’Aisne and Canal on to La Marne

Fifteen days in early May, 2016 The first 6 days New waterway; new system. Onto the L’Aisne, a river, not a canal and given our first zapper, so alertly looking out for the sign to tell us to press ‘amont’ – and after a bit we realised that the signs, instead of facing us as weContinue reading “Sweet flowing L’Aisne and Canal on to La Marne”