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.”

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”

The voyage from Portsmouth to St Valery sur Somme

  (Comments from the minimal one in italics)   Having mastered six months winter berthing at Haslar marina bouncing up and down on 10 foot tides twice twice a day we felt ready to face the challenges of la Manche.     Pilot Ray and super-lookout Hilary joined us at 8, stowed away their kitContinue reading “The voyage from Portsmouth to St Valery sur Somme”

Greetings from Goring on Thames

We like it here with views from the bridge (over to Streatley) ….. …. views from the back deck …. …. and a view OF the back deck Hold on, something’s missing …. Ah yes, Captain and crew!             We like it SO much we came back again with Peter and Aileen.Continue reading “Greetings from Goring on Thames”