Heading l’Oeust from Moissac to Agen – Canal de Garonne part 3

Leaving Moissac, and the operator of the swing bridge spies us out of her little green window, sopping the traffic for Calliope to glide through. First three kilometres alongside le Tarn, then a huge widening of the river waters as le Tarn joins la Garonne. The Garonne continues next to the canal for another five kilometres,Continue reading “Heading l’Oeust from Moissac to Agen – Canal de Garonne part 3”

Stowaways – Canal de Garonne part 2

When I got back to Grisolles from my weekend in the UK I was in the company of our friend Hilary – first guest of 2017.  What I had not realised is that there were two additional ‘passengers’, who emerged to take the sun on day two! They were welcome to join us on the twoContinue reading “Stowaways – Canal de Garonne part 2”

Onward and slightly upward – Canal de Garonne part one

We entered the Canal de Garonne on a fine April afternoon, having expected to spend the night in the Port d’Embourchure at Toulouse because of a canal closure. However jst as we were picking our spot for the night our friendly eclusier Henri appeared and waved to let us know that the canal had re-opened;Continue reading “Onward and slightly upward – Canal de Garonne part one”

Remainder of the Midi – L’Oestward to Toulouse

We’re off! It’s been nice having a slow start to the season – we feel that the boat is prepared, the kitchen stocked, and the wine cellar full, but the crew are now restless and wanting to feel the movement of the boat beneath their feet. We left Castelnaudary and immediately the views South acrossContinue reading “Remainder of the Midi – L’Oestward to Toulouse”

Between the sky and the sea – the Canal de Rhone a Sete + Etang de Thau

    Calliope joined the canal from le Petit Rhone at St-Gilles lock – a lock already mentioned in the last chapter, with the minuscule drop of 15cms –  with ropes fore and aft and lifejackets as required . . . .  Now we were truly away from the delights of rivers and back onContinue reading “Between the sky and the sea – the Canal de Rhone a Sete + Etang de Thau”

Two Rivers Cruise – La Saone et Le Rhone

From Chalon-sur-Saone, through Lyon, to Saint-Gilles Thursday 18 August 2016 Leaving Fragnes (we like Fragnes) after a full moon night and just after breakfast we had a final short trip on Canal du Centre from countryside towards La Sâone. First we had to pass the the industrial end of Chalon-sur- Sâone, with the usual warehouses,Continue reading “Two Rivers Cruise – La Saone et Le Rhone”

Sauntering through Canal du Centre

Whoops whoops whoops! Pressed ‘Publish’ by mistake! But now all sorted I think.   I’m taking a break from lots of words for this canal section, but still got lots of pictures to share. We joined the canal at Digoin, mooring by the viaduct, and with Keeva and Abi still on board. After breakfast amongstContinue reading “Sauntering through Canal du Centre”

Roanne and Return

Three days getting there from Diou; three days RnR at Roanne; two days back to Digoin, although maybe the RnR was more Rock n Roll than Rest n Relaxation because we picked up 17-yearolds Keeva and Abi while in Roanne! So it started calmly enough – in fact very gentle and peaceful; we liked it!Continue reading “Roanne and Return”

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”