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”

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”

Getting Industrious on Canal du Nord

The Canal du Nord, and on down L’Oise to Compiègne I’ve been working on my WordPress ability (a little) and now know how to get French accents into the main text – but not the photo captions – so apologies to all French readers) Having joined the Canal du Nord, and its potential challenges weContinue reading “Getting Industrious on Canal du Nord”

Saying good bye to La Somme – Amiens to Peronne

Written in haste while we had the wee-fee (wi-fi) to upload it all)   I have mentioned that Amiens was a curate’s egg. The good parts were the architecture, the parks;   les Hortinollages and their passerales; (I’ve got another 30 photos of these if anyone is interested . . ) the Cathedral; (absolutely HUGE, twice the sizeContinue reading “Saying good bye to La Somme – Amiens to Peronne”

Saint-Valery sur Somme to Amiens

  (Comments in italics from the silent one) Up early (groan from one member of crew) bearing in mind we had moved forward to French time, to be at the sea lock by 0730 as instructed for the one 30 minute slot of the day to pass through. An éclusier appeared through the morning mistsContinue reading “Saint-Valery sur Somme to Amiens”