This is the story of Wanderlust, a replica Dutch-style barge built by Piper Boats LTD in 2013. To make navigation of this website easier, the topic categories (click Continue reading) can be used to pull up the relevant posts. There are more categories at the very bottom of each page.
The Build: Posts about the building process and the decisions that were made. If you are considering having a barge built look here for the upsides and downsides having a barge built by Piper Boats.
The Troubles: Wanderlust has had more that it’s share of problems. You can find out more about the issues and what has been done about them in this link.
The Thames: Cruising with Wanderlust on England’s River Thames
We met our friends Dave and Wendy from Barge Blue Belle on the way to Saint Jean de Losne.
It was difficult for us to get sufficiently motivated to leave Dijon. We like it there. And the longer we stayed the stronger our psychological dependence on Dijon’s covered market became. Dijon’s marché couvert is our happy place. Only with effort were we able to force ourselves to continue on our way to St. Jean de Losne.Continue reading →
On the way to the port in Dijon we saw this building alongside the canal. We quickly dubbed it the “QR Code” building from its outward appearance. And indeed, when we came back to take a closer look, we saw that the building it does in fact have QR or Quick Response codes on its facade. Check for yourself using an app on your phone.Continue reading →
Portrait de Jeanne de Montaigu (Maître de Saint-Jean-de-Luze)
The longer we stayed in Dijon the more it appealed to us. With a little over 150,000 residents, the commune is more happening than the mostly rural villages that we had passed as we traveled along the Canal de Bourgogne. Between the restaurants, the wine, and the tourist attractions, there was motivation to linger past our penciled in departure day.
Wanderlust pauses for lunch inside a lock on the way to Dijon.
As we neared the port in Dijon we moved Wanderlust into one of the last locks of the day. Looking up we noticed a “slight” problem just ahead: There was no water in the pound below the lock. Without water, Wanderlust was not going to continue wandering.Continue reading →
We first discovered the pleasure of mirabelles when a lady walking along the Marne-Rhine Canal chucked a handful of these plum-like fruit at Wanderlust as we slowly cruised past. Usually being the target of a fruit thrower is not a good thing; throwing fruit is a form of booing after all. But in this case, the lady just wanted to share with us the beautiful mirabelles that she had just picked off of a tree on the side of the canal.
The mirabelles in the Dijon market love Nancy France, the former capitol of the Duchy of Lorraine.
Continuing on from Fleurey-sur-Ouche Wanderlust’s next stop was Dijon. Though we debated stopping in between it seemed that the pull of the biggest city on route was too much to ignore.Continue reading →
Leaving the port de plaisance in Pont d’Ouche, Wanderlust continued on her way towards the River Saone. Our guides and the lockkeepers suggested a stop in Fleurey-sur-Ouche. When we arrived, we could see that Fleurey was indeed popular. In fact it was so popular we had trouble finding a workable spot for the night at the bank. In the end, as it usually happens, we worked out something.
In our opinion the most attractive segments of the Canal de Bourgogne bracket the waterway’s summit pond. It is not unusual for canals to wind and climb as they work their way to the highest point. Though the climbing or descending usually comes with numerous locks, the appeal of the hilly terrain rewards the work. And so it is on the Bourgogne.Continue reading →
The stretch of the Canal de Bourgogne between Vandenesse-en-Auxois and Pont d’Ouche is prime hotel barge territory. Luxury barges work their way along the canal winding through the bucolic French countryside. The canal in this area is an antidote to the stresses of modern life for the customers who can afford the steep admission price.Continue reading →
On the far side of the Pouilly tunnel a quick sequence of locks took Wanderlust down from the summit pound of the Canal de Bourgogne to the village of Vandenesse-en-Auxois. With only 275 full-time residents and a seemingly equal number of flower boxes, Vandenesse is a typical small French village.Continue reading →