Category Archives: 2016 Season

The journey so far (part 2). 8 years and counting. R.O.I.

In my idle hours between Christmas and the New Year, on these winter days in Carcassonne warmed on sunny days by the southern sun or on grey days by the glow from Xenia’s wood burning stove, I have been thinking … Continue reading

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Toulouse Dry Dock.

Boats need maintenance – rather a lot of it – and every so often that includes the need to take them out of the water to inspect and work on the hull. We first cleaned and re-blacked Xenia’s bottom when … Continue reading

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The River Tarn and Canal de Montech.

The River Tarn, running from above Albi for 147kms with 31 locks to its confluence with the River Garonne near Moissac, was from the Middle Ages busy with small wooden barges loaded with flour, coal from the Carmaux mines, barrels … Continue reading

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Loafin’ in the shade. Canal de Garonne, Agen to Moissac, and on the Tarn.

After walking Lili to Agen station to catch her 8.40am train to Marseilles and taking in the supermarket on the way back to the boat we headed out from the basin going east, into what the Meteo had forecast would … Continue reading

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Conges d’ete (summer holidays) in the Lot-et-Garonne

August is summer holiday time throughout Europe and the French in particular do take their summer break seriously. Many businesses and agencies close for some if not all of August and it is common to find in small towns and … Continue reading

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‘Slow life’ on the River Baise.

Valence-sur-Baise (PK 0) is at the limit of navigation on the River Baise and has a nice little port where, in very hot weather, we spent a most pleasant six nights, despite the Brexit vote during our stay there and … Continue reading

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On the River Baise in June.

Saturday 18th June. We arrived in Nerac on a lovely sunny morning ten days ago. It has rained every day, on and off and sometimes torrentially, for the last eight. We have explored and shopped and had plenty of time … Continue reading

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