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”

Our grande finale on Canal de Garonne

Text in italics is from Captain Stu – I take no responsibility! After a great weekend in Agen we left on a grey day, heading for the viaduct. At the bridge we saw two spots of red – one each side. On the right was the expected red lock light; on the left was the red of aContinue reading “Our grande finale on Canal de Garonne”

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”

Midi Addendum

I’ll start with an apology. The Midi blog did not complete the Midi. So here is an addendum.   After three days in Toulouse we were ready to cut loose, nice city though it is – see the brief Toulouse bloggette. We made navigation plans, got the sextant ready, took readings from the stars, andContinue reading “Midi Addendum”

Too little Toulouse

Three days and nights in Toulouse only allowed us to touch the surface of this interesting city. We fitted in some of the sights, some of the gardens, some of the culture, and lots of wandering through narrow streets with fascinating architecture. The weather and light was not kind to the photographer most of theContinue reading “Too little Toulouse”

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”