The Yonne: Sens to Migennes

The Gate of Sens in Villeneuve-sur-Yonne:  On the opposite end of the village is the very similar Gate of Joigny.

The Gate of Sens in Villeneuve-sur-Yonne: On the opposite end of the village is the very similar Gate of Joigny.

Still weakened from a stomach bug it was tempting to linger and gain strength in Sens. Sens is a fascinating town; the mooring spot is pleasant. There were all the reasons in the world to stay, but we couldn’t. The following day the next lock on our way to Auxerre, Ecluse St. Bond, would close. If we didn’t make it through St. Bond we’d have to wait for months for the lock and weir repairs to be completed. We had no choice. We had to move upstream. Continue reading

The Yonne: Montereau-Fault-Yonne to Sens

Wanderlust inside one of the slope-sided locks on the River Yonne

Wanderlust inside one of the slope-sided locks on the River Yonne

By the time we reached the River Yonne, we were moving deliberately. True, the old towns along the Yonne, the last river of our journey to Auxerre, are particularly interesting. But beyond the appeal of the history of the region there was another reason for moving slow. Somewhere past Montereau I developed a nasty case of food poisoning, possibly self-inflicted. It took three days before I could eat again and a couple of weeks to feel “normal”. Consequently, for the first few days on the Yonne, I mostly just the saw the inside of the boat. At least Gigi and Becky could explore the area. Continue reading

The Seine to the Yonne: Melun to Montereau-Fault-Yonne

Wanderlust moored in Saint-Mammès

Wanderlust moored in Saint-Mammès

By river it is 43 km and three locks from Melun to Montereau-Fault-Yonne. It is an easy one-day cruise that at our usual pace took two days to do. In between we had our final overnight stop on the Seine in Saint-Mammès, a popular stopover for the commercial barges. Continue reading