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Sunday Stills: Entrances and Gateways

The approach to the Pouilly Tunnel seems innocuous enough; only when you’ve actually entered it do you find that long stretches are unlit.  This first journey through the tunnel took us almost an hour.  That’s a long time to hang … Continue reading

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Desormais – Facts and Photos

Several people who read our cruising reports have expressed an interest in the layout of the boat, so I have added this page in response.  The photographs were mostly taken on the day we went to view Desormais, shortly after … Continue reading

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Autumn Cruise, 2011 Pt 1: Castelnaudary to Grau d’Agde

Monday 15th August   Arrived in Castelnaudary around 2.15pm, having overnighted at Dreux, and were surprised to see that there were very few boats moored in the port. Today was a public holiday, Assumption Day, not to mention August being … Continue reading

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Canal du Midi, Canal Lateral a la Garonne, (May/June 2010)

Saturday 8th May Normally we like to be on the boat and off on our travels as soon as the waterways open on 1st April, but this year we were delayed due to Neville having had surgery to remove a … Continue reading

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Canal du Midi, Capestang to Carcassonne (October 2008)

Sunday 12th October Moored just outside Capestang, we were up early to watch the Japanese Formula 1, like 6.00am!  The morning started dull and cloudy, and then brightened for a very short period.  At lunchtime it became greyer and darker, … Continue reading

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Baume Les Dames via the Rhone Au Rhine/Doubs and to Auxonne via the Saone (July/August 2008)

Tuesday 22nd July. We had arranged that the workshop at H20 St Jean de Losne, (where we had left the boat in June) would take the boat from its moorings, through the lock and up to the quayside by the … Continue reading

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Genelard (Canal du Centre) via the Saone to St Jean-de-Losne (June/July 2008)

Tuesday 24th June We had booked the lock-keeper for an 8.30 start, but “Lili Ann” behind us was trying to beat a deadline to moor up for the rest of the summer before setting off for a channel ferry booking, … Continue reading

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Fleury to Digoin, and onto Canal du Centre for Paray-le-Monial (June 2008)

Saturday June 14 The next morning the paralysed dog from the boat next door had bandages on his legs, where they had rubbed sore after slipping off the carpeted bar during his antics the day before.  His owner then tied … Continue reading

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Lateral a Loire, Menetreol to Fleury-s-Loire, June 2008

Monday 9th June   After a very misty start, the sun burned away the clouds and we were soon cruising along under practically cloudless skies.  This canal  (Lateral à Loire), meanders alongside the river Loire through some of the finest … Continue reading

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Canal du Loing, via the Yonne and Seine, May 2008

The river was running fast again when we returned from Spain, and after a couple of days when the level had reduced slightly, we set off on our boat journey, encountering our first French lock within the first 15 minutes.  … Continue reading

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