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: Musée de l’Aventure Peugeot and L’usine PSA de Sochaux

Over 200 years ago, in 1810, the Peugeot family established a manufacturing company in the small commune of Sochaux in the northeast of France. At first Peugeot specialized in the production of hand tools and kitchen equipment. Later, around 1880, … 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

The Canal du Rhône au Rhin: Poulet au Vin Jaune et Morilles en Besançon

Poulet au vin jaune et morilles

Food in France is regional. So it was no surprised that when we left Burgundy and entered the Jura region the restaurant menus changed reflecting the specialties of the current region. Burgundy’s big three, the jambon persillé, bœuf bourguignon, and escargot, are less frequently seen in Jura restaurants. Replacing them are dishes built around the specialties of the Jura: The sausage, the ham, the famous cheeses, and the distinctive wines. 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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