The Canal du Rhône au Rhin: L’Isle-sur-le-Doubs to Montbéliard

At the end of a drizzly day of cruising we arrived in Montbéliard France, a town of around 26,000 roughly seven miles from France’s border with Switzerland. Wanderlust had now made it past the halfway point on her cruise from … Continue reading

The Canal du Rhône au Rhin: Besançon to l’Isle-sur-le-Doubs

  It took us two cruising days to cover the stretch of waterway from Besançon to the small commune of l’Isle-sur-le-Doubs. In between Wanderlust spent the night at the port on a canal shunt outside of the village of Baumes-les-Dames. … Continue reading

Canal du Rhône au Rhin: Besançon, le musée des Beaux-Arts et d’Archéologie

“Courtisane et vieillard” by Lucas Cranach

It would be easy to assume that the oldest public museum in France is the Louvre. But it isn’t. It’s actually le musée des Beaux-Arts et d’Archéologie in Besançon. Besançon’s museum was established in 1694, nearly a century before the public could see the art in the Louvre. Indeed, Besançon’s public art museum is one of the oldest in the world. Continue reading