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Wanderlust achieves light speed.

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

The Crossing: Taking Wanderlust across the English Channel

Barge Life: Information about living on a barge

Routes through France:

Calais to Auxerre, our first season in France, including:

 Canal de Calais, Grand Gabarit, Canal de St. Quentin, Canal de l’Oise à l’Aisne, Canal lateral à l’Aisne, Canal de l’Aisne à la Marne, River Marne and the Canal lateral à la Marne, River Seine, River Yonne

The 2015 Season, Auxerre to Strasbourg and back the long-ish way

Check the Categories section at the bottom of the page for more seasons and waterways.

La Petite Saône: Auxonne to Gray, Rental Cars and a Small Bag of Dog Food

With the drought in France prematurely shutting down our season we exchanged our cruising plans for a road trip to the Baltic countries. Visiting the Baltic is something we’ve wanted to do for some time but typically the weather at … Continue reading

The Canal du Rhône au Rhin: The Return to Montreux-Château and on to Besançon, a New Battery Challenge Emerges

On Wanderlust’s return journey from Rhine terminus of the Canal du Rhône au Rhin was quite different than the outbound cruise. The weather and river had changed. Gone were the cool rainy days and clear fresh flowing water of spring. … Continue reading

The Canal du Rhône au Rhin: Mulhouse, Day Trips

Across the canal from Wanderlust’s place in Mulhouse’s port de plaisance is the city’s international train station. Aside from allowing us easy access to rail transport and the city’s tram system the location also makes renting a car convenient. Car … Continue reading

The Canal du Rhône au Rhin: Mulhouse, Cité de l’Automobile

On the outskirts of Mulhouse is Cité de l’Automobile, also referred to as the “Musée national de l’automobile” or the “Collection Schlumpf”. The museum claims the largest displayed collection of automobiles in the world. Notable is the number of cars … Continue reading

The Canal du Rhône au Rhin: Mulhouse, the Art of the City

Mulhouse is full of art. Like most medium-sized cities in France, Mulhouse has numerous private galleries and a decent musée des beaux-arts or fine arts museum. But city’s artworks are not only contained merely within the walls of its museums … Continue reading

The Canal du Rhône au Rhin: Mulhouse, Cité du Train

Some say that Mulhouse is the “European capital of Technical Museums”. Undoubtedly “European capital” of anything is a debatable assertion. With that there is no question that the city is home to a cluster of large and interesting technical museums.

The Canal du Rhône au Rhin: Mulhouse, le Musée Electropolis

For an urban area with a population less than 300,000 Mulhouse has more than its share of high quality technical museums. Among these is the Musée Electropolis « l’aventure de l’électricité », a museum about electrical power.

The Canal du Rhône au Rhin: Halte de Hombourg

While based in Mulhouse for a month we decided to take Wanderlust out for an overnight stay near the Rhine terminus of the Canal du Rhône au Rhin. This excursion was driven by our curiosity about the remaining as yet … Continue reading

The Canal du Rhône au Rhin: Dannemarie to Mulhouse

If we had been in a hurry we could have departed Dannemarie and made it to Mulhouse, the easternmost city along Canal du Rhône au Rhin, in one day. Instead we chose to break this segment up into two short-ish … Continue reading