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”

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.”