On to Montargis

Californian owned Festina Tarde moored near us in Montargis. Her owners Jim and Mary are very familiar with this waterway.

Californian owned Festina Tarde moored near us in Montargis. Her owners Jim and Mary are very familiar with this waterway.

From our rural mooring just past lock 9 on the Canal du Loing, it was 12 locks and 26 km until we moored for the night in Montargis on the Canal de Briare, one of the oldest canals in France. We had to wait as the VNF fixed the second to last lock. The delay meant that we arrived at the last deep lock in Montargis after the closing time. Fortunately the VNF stayed late and let us through. Still, the delay made for a long day.

We stayed in Montargis longer than expected due to a problem with the canal ahead of us. The canal, we determined through the language barrier, had silted in from the heavy rains. In truth, we could have easily navigated past the silted spot if the VNF had let us. But the VNF was being cautious. They didn’t want to be responsible for freeing Wanderlust if we strayed too close to the bank at the one particular shallow point and somehow got stuck.

Ecluse de la Marolle, the last lock of the day in Montargis

Ecluse de la Marolle, the last lock of the day in Montargis

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For us being forced to stay a few extra days in Montargis is not a hardship. Crossed by a network of canals and rivers, attractive Montargis is known as the “Venice of the Gâtinais”. Indeed, if we thought about it ahead of time, we might have planned on staying in Montargis longer. It is a nice commune. And importantly, there is a very, very good boulangerie in town with some of the very best croissants of the season. A good boulangerie is always worth an extended stay.

Constructed by Eiffel in 1891, the Passerelle Victor Hugo crosses the Canal de Briare near the Marolle Lock.

Constructed by Eiffel in 1891, the Passerelle Victor Hugo crosses the Canal de Briare near the Marolle Lock.

Hotel barge Meanderer approaches Montargis.  It wasn't long before Becky invited the owner on board Wanderlust for a tour.

Hotel barge Meanderer approaches Montargis. It wasn’t long before Becky invited the owner on board Wanderlust for a tour.

(Wanderlust arrived in Montargis on May 5, 2015.)

This sugar mill, next to the Loing canal, was founded in 1873 and is the largest business enterprise in Souppes-sur-Loing.

This sugar mill, next to the Loing canal, was founded in 1873 and is the largest business enterprise in Souppes-sur-Loing.

Entering the outskirts of Montargis

Entering the outskirts of Montargis

A peniche de plaisance in the in Ecluse de la Marolle

A peniche de plaisance in the in Ecluse de la Marolle

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