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
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
Finding a mooring for the night on the Rhône can be a challenge, particularly for a larger boat. If all else fails, there is usually one last possibility, the lay-by for the next lock.
Pont-canals, aqueducts that carry boats, are not uncommon on the French waterways. One such pont-canal can be found in Troussey. The Troussey aqueduct was constructed to carry the Canal de la Marne au Rhin over the River Meuse. Built relatively … Continue reading
At the three-way canal intersection in Vitry-le-François our planned route continued to the east. If we took the right fork in Vitry Wanderlust would move onto the Canal de la Marne au Rhin. The Marne-Rhine would ultimately lead us to our destination Strasbourg. But as we emerged from the Canal entre Champagne et Bourgogne we did not go right. Instead, we moved Wanderlust left onto the Canal latéral à la Marne. For now we’d head to Ay in the heart of Champagne’s viticultural region. Continue reading
Buying wine at a lock is an odd concept. It is a little like being offered a selection of premium microbrews by the toll taker as you pass through a tollbooth on a motorway. Nevertheless you can do just that at the Houards Lock on the Canal Latéral à la Loire. The éclusiers at the Houards run a side business selling wine from the famous nearby appellations Sancerre and Pouilly-sur-Loire. Continue reading
With stops near rural Masnieres and Macquincourt, it took three days to move Wanderlust the 52 km from Cambrai to St. Quentin on the Canal de St. Quentin. Fifty-two kilometers doesn’t seem like much but there are 22 locks and … Continue reading
We’re having a barge built to go cruising on Europe’s network of inland waterways. Living on a barge is a major, unexpected change in our lives. It is not part of a vetted and polished long-term plan. The fork in the path that took us in Continue reading