The Winter of Our Discontent

Wanderlust on the Thames not long after launch

There was little certainty for Wanderlust’s future as we retreated to San Francisco for the 2016-2017 winter. On the repairs side, the legal dispute with the builder had frozen our ability to have the needed work done on our boat. There was no end to the dispute in sight. Indeed, if anything, the two parties had moved further apart. Continue reading

The 2016 Season

The 2016 season started with high water in Auxerre.

Towards the end of the 2015 cruising season we started to consider our 2016 route options. Though we had just cruised 2,295 km including 734 locks, there were still plenty of water in France and Europe left to explore. Indeed it seemed that 2016 was the right time to make a first foray into Belgium and Holland. We wanted to explore the north before we became too entrenched in the waterways of France. The boaters that we talked to say that it is lovely up north. We wanted to see for ourselves. Continue reading

Canal de Bourgogne: Dijon to Saint Jean de Losne

We met our friends Dave and Wendy from Barge Blue Belle on the way to Saint Jean de Losne.

It was difficult for us to get sufficiently motivated to leave Dijon. We like it there. And the longer we stayed the stronger our psychological dependence on Dijon’s covered market became. Dijon’s marché couvert is our happy place. Only with effort were we able to force ourselves to continue on our way to St. Jean de Losne. Continue reading

Canal de Bourgogne: Dijon, Mustard turns High Tech at the Teletech Campus

The Teletech Campus, near Dijon

On the way to the port in Dijon we saw this building alongside the canal. We quickly dubbed it the “QR Code” building from its outward appearance. And indeed, when we came back to take a closer look, we saw that the building it does in fact have QR or Quick Response codes on its facade. Check for yourself using an app on your phone. 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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Canal de Bourgogne: Entering Dijon

Wanderlust pauses for lunch inside a lock on the way to Dijon.

As we neared the port in Dijon we moved Wanderlust into one of the last locks of the day. Looking up we noticed a “slight” problem just ahead: There was no water in the pound below the lock. Without water, Wanderlust was not going to continue wandering. Continue reading

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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Canal de Bourgogne: Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Dijon

Place de la Libération, Dijon

Continuing on from Fleurey-sur-Ouche Wanderlust’s next stop was Dijon. Though we debated stopping in between it seemed that the pull of the biggest city on route was too much to ignore. Continue reading

Canal de Bourgogne: La Brussiere-sur-Ouche to Fleurey-sur-Ouche

The Burgundy Canal

Leaving the port de plaisance in Pont d’Ouche, Wanderlust continued on her way towards the River Saone. Our guides and the lockkeepers suggested a stop in Fleurey-sur-Ouche. When we arrived, we could see that Fleurey was indeed popular. In fact it was so popular we had trouble finding a workable spot for the night at the bank. In the end, as it usually happens, we worked out something.

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Canal de Bourgogne: Pont d’Ouche to la Brussiere-sur-Ouche

Wanderlust in la Bussière

In our opinion the most attractive segments of the Canal de Bourgogne bracket the waterway’s summit pond. It is not unusual for canals to wind and climb as they work their way to the highest point. Though the climbing or descending usually comes with numerous locks, the appeal of the hilly terrain rewards the work. And so it is on the Bourgogne. Continue reading