Category Archives: French Cruising – north and central

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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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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