Category Archives: 2017 season

In Auxerre, with thieves, saints, and a bailiff.

A frail and stooping old lady in Monoprix, after asking me to reach down the cheapest bottle of water from the top shelf, told me that there were a lot of thieves about in Auxerre. I didn’t let on that, … Continue reading

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A quiet October on the Nivernais.

“To enter this waterway is to step back in time, to gentleness and relaxation” wrote John Liley in ‘France – the quiet way’ published in 1975. In 2017 I am happy to report that the Nivernais, which he calls “possibly … Continue reading

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Canal Lateral a la Loire and a protracted break for repairs.

On Sept 8th, entering the Canal Lateral a la Loire at Digoin, which runs from here for 196 km to Briare, we left behind any pretence of dry warm sunny weather.  At our first overnight stop at Pierrefitte-sur-Loire (PK 19, … Continue reading

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Canal du Centre – 113km from Chalon-sur-Saone to Digoin

Once moored up in Fragnes, PK8 on the Canal du Centre, we had less than 24 hours to prepare ourselves for Lili’s arrival. Her friend John was giving her a lift in his camper-van from Oxford, England, and her ex … Continue reading

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The River Saone. 140 kilometres from Lyon to Chalon-sur-Saone.

It was both a relief to be safely off the River Rhone and a pleasure to be back in Lyon on the River Saone some 28 months, and 1000 hours of cruising in the south, since our last visit here … Continue reading

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Stress and Strain coming up the Rhone, 300 km from St Gilles to Lyon.

After a restful night near the St Gilles Lock on the Canal du Rhone a Sete we decided on the morning of Saturday 5th August that there was a good weather window of opportunity to make our first long day’s … Continue reading

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Rest and Relaxation on the Rhone a Sete Canal (part 2) – St Gilles to Beaucaire and back to Frontignan.

Throughout its 98 kms the Canal du Rhone a Sete runs in straight lines for miles ahead and the stretch from Sete to Gallician affords wonderful views across the etangs (saline lakes), on one side towards the hills behind Montpellier, … Continue reading

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