Category Archives: French Cruising – north and central

Heading South on the River Saone.

I think that if we had not spent five days at Fragnes on the Canal du Centre, waiting for the post, we would have reached the south, Arles, easily in 15 days – by Labour Day on May 1st. The … Continue reading

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Passing Ships – from Decize to Fragnes.

After refuelling at Decize and in need of a rest we made the three hour journey, on a cold and windy but dry afternoon, to Gannay-sur-Loire – where not only was the Port des Vanneaux fully operational with free water … Continue reading

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Early season blues

The Canal du Nivernais did open as predicted on Monday 16th March and Chris, the Vermenton Port manager, telephoned VNF (the French Waterways Authority) to book us a passage southbound for the following day, St Patrick’s Day. We set out … Continue reading

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Canal du Nivernais re-opens on Monday!

There is a lot that I had fully intended to do on the boat during this winter by way of maintenance and repairs but somehow time has moved on and I find that I haven’t done that much. It has … Continue reading

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At a loose end; Joigny to Vermenton.

Faced with deciding what to do in the four weeks before we needed to be back at our winter moorings in Vermenton, we started by spending five days in Joigny on what turned out to be a very nice mooring … Continue reading

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Canal de Bourgogne Part 3. Montbard to Migennes and on to Joigny

Now that we only had 100kms and 50 locks left to complete on the Bourgogne and 5 weeks in which to get back to Vermenton, some 3 days cruising beyond the end of the canal, we started to take a … Continue reading

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Canal de Bourgogne Part 2. Pouilly-en-Auxois to Montbard.

We started our downhill descent from the summit after lunch, having spent the morning in Pouilly where Pam found a nice hairdresser to get a trim. They fitted her in at short notice and the simple €12 cut somehow became … Continue reading

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