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12 August, 2018
Weekend off!

How can we need a weekend off when we’re on holiday I hear you ask?!  Well we thought we did so here we are in Belleville enjoying the sunshine, the river, the countryside and very little else!   Great boulangerie in town though so we’re not totally in the sticks.   We enjoyed Mâcon and […]

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10 August, 2018
Wine country

  We’ve just had a great visit to Tournus.  What a gem of a town with its Abbaye, Hotel Dieu, cobbled streets, terracotta tiled roofs and its wines!   Plenty of opportunity to taste and learn about wine and we also had a great visit to Domaine Denderes where we not only learnt about wine […]

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9 August, 2018
Onto the rivers

  So we’re onto the rivers now.  Gone are the frequent little locks, we’re onto huge locks once a day.  What a relief!!  We saw a pair of kingfishers yesterday morning darting amongst the willows - far too fast for a photo.  Along the treelined banks are little hides with folk fishing and in the […]

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7 August, 2018
More lovely stopovers

It’s getting hard to remember all our stops!  Unlike sailing, we can’t travel at night so, unless we stay extra nights, we have as many stopover places as there are days in the month!!   Seurre we’ll always remember as the place we had to leave because of fireworks and Verdun-sur-le-Doubs as the place we […]

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2 August, 2018
Spoilt for choice!

Every day on the downhill trip we promised ourselves a meal out only to find nothing open .... well, now we’re spoilt for choice!  Pointillier was a pretty little town with a lovely restaurant and now that we’re in Auxonne - where Napoleon did his military training - we have so many from which to […]

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31 July, 2018
All change!

That’s it .... we’ve left the canal entre Champagne et Bourgogne and have entered the Saône.   What a difference.  We now have a wide river and gone are the little narrow canals with apple trees, blackberries and plums for the scrumping (made delicious compotes).    Gone is the emptiness and now we have other […]

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31 July, 2018
Tumbling down the canal

We have been hard at work managing lines as we come down the canal.  We’ve also been hard pressed to find places to stop overnight because of our draft and have ended up doing far more locks than we’d first planned!  16 in one day was our maximum! 

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31 July, 2018
Balesmes Tunnel

Oh my goodness what an experience!  The tunnel’s 5km long and the walled channel, just 8m wide, that leads into and out of it is a further 5km so a restricted passage of 10km.    There’s a speed limit too of 2knots so all very organised until 2km into the tunnel ..... all the lights […]

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26 July, 2018
Renaissance Langres

An amazing walled city on top of a hill, steeped in history and a real challenge to get to on a bicycle! However, well worth the effort as we cycled the ramparts, toured the City and visited St Memmes Cathedral.   Langres even has its own rather delicious cheese which, once infused with champagne, is […]

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25 July, 2018
Halfway

12 locks today with a lunch stop at Rolanport and overnight stop at Humes.   We are now officially just over halfway to Marseille!!  Doesn’t mean we’re going downhill yet though!!   This lovely butterfly came to visit ... I’m reliably informed it’s a lesser marbled fritillary!  So loving the canals (but they’d be even better […]

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