Category Archives: Cruising in France

Taking Leave of the French – July 2017

Taking Leave of the French… It’s nine glorious years since I first started posting trip reports about our cruising activities in France, and now, sadly, this log is coming to an end.  It’s fitting, I guess, that the last report … Continue reading

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La Petite Saone – June 2015

Wednesday 3rd June, we left Corre at the end of the Canal des Vosges and dropped down onto La Petite Saone. A series of automated locks were ready for us, as we cruised through quiet, meandering stretches of river interspersed … Continue reading

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Canal des Vosges – May/June 2015

26th of May, and if the previous couple of days’ boating had been the first we’d ever had, I’d have missed out on several happy years of boating, as you’d never have got me on the water again. But now, … Continue reading

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Canal Marne au Rhin (Ouest) May 2015

Leaving the Canal Entre Champagne et Bourgogne on 19th May, we had to wait as a big commercial exited the lock, which came as something of a surprise – we’d not anticipated that this was a hugely busy commercial route. … Continue reading

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Canal Champagne et Bourgogne (Canal de l’Est), May 2015

Setting out on 30th April, we’d stopped at Gigny and Gergy on the way up the Saone before having to take haven at Seurre for five days because of serious flooding right through the waterways of France (see https://castelsarrasin.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/water-water-everywhere/).  Seurre … Continue reading

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Water, water… everywhere

Twenty four hours of solid, heavy rainfall, has been followed by two days of persistent heavy showers. La Saone, from Auxonne to Lyon, and Le Rhone from Lyon down to Avignon is under yellow alert. Le Rhone has been closed … Continue reading

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A Quick Trip South, September 2014

Although we’ve navigated the Rhone on two occasions, (more detailed reports at The Saone Rhone and onto the Canal du Midi September 2008 and Crossing L’Etang and Navigating the Rhone to Lyon, September 2011 ) we were looking forward to … Continue reading

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An Inappropriate Noise – September 2014

It’s 29 deg C, not a cloud in the sky and would be unbearable were it not for a slight sea breeze, stirring up the dust on the messy boat-yard floor, sending columns of iron filings skittering here and there. … Continue reading

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Messing About on the River (July 2014)

It’s nice to chill out for a change…  When we go to the boat we always seem to be in something of a rush. Maybe it’s because after leaving port at Pont de Vaux we have a fairly long stretch … Continue reading

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For the Love of Boats

  We came across her three years ago; she was moored in our home port on the same pontoon as us, a couple of berths down on the opposite side. Once or twice we saw people on board, but for … Continue reading

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