The Saône: Époisses de Bourgogne

Safely ripe Époisses de Bourgogne

Cruising through France exposes us to some of the country’s funkier, more challenging foods. Sometimes these become acquired tastes. Other times not. Continue reading

River Saône: Lyon, Restaurant Paul Bocuse

Wanderlust at the pontoon in Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or

The rumors are true; we do brake, or moor, when fine dinning opportunities present themselves. Continue reading

The Saône: Verdun-sur-Doubs to Tournus

Ships pass in the night: In this case it’s Swiss Gloria, one of the many large river cruise ships that work the Saône and Rhône rivers.

After two nights in Verdun-sur-Doubs we pulled the ropes and pushed away from the bank. Without a bow thruster it was work and bit unnerving to get Wanderlust turned about as she drifted downstream with the Doubs’ current. Eventually Wanderlust’s bow was pointed downstream and she was headed down the short section of the Doubs to the Saône. Once on the Saône we turned to port and headed downstream with the flow. Continue reading

Canal de Bourgogne: Dijon, the Palais des Ducs and the Musée des Beaux-Arts

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.

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France: Mirabelles

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.

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Anti-Lope

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As we arrived in Chalons-en-Champagne we passed by the commercial barge Anti-Lope for the second time in 2015. Two months earlier had met Anti-Lope near the Mauvages Tunnel. Heavy with a load, she was moving very slowly. Anti-Lope’s crew stopped for the night at a quiet wooded spot just before the tunnel entrance. We chose to moor at a pontoon further back down the canal closer to town. When we rode our bikes up to check out the tunnel we met the crew. Continue reading

Wanderlust’s 1000th Lock

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On the 29th of September 2015 Wanderlust passed through her 1000th lock. The milestone occurred on the eastern segment of the Canal de la Marne au Rhin near Vitry-le-François. Wanderlust’s crew took a brief break to celebrate the moment and then quickly headed into her 1001st, 1002nd, 1003rd… locks. There are many, many more locks in Wanderlust’s future. Continue reading

Bar-le-Duc

Moored for the night in Bignicourt-sur-Saulx.

Moored for the night in Bignicourt-sur-Saulx.

After our next guest Ross arrived in Châlons-en-Champagne we headed east. Initially Wanderlust retraced her route on the Canal latéral à la Marne. Once we reached Vitry-le-François we moved onto the Canal de la Marne au Rhin for the first time. Continue reading