Verdun-sur-le-Doubs

Wanderlust enters the last lock on the Canal du Centre.  After descending nearly 11 meter she'd be on the Saône.

Wanderlust enters the last lock on the Canal du Centre. After descending nearly 11 meter she’d be on the Saône.

With one last deep lock in Chalon-sur-Saône, Wanderlust came to the end of the Canal du Centre. Over the last 38 days we completed the Bourbonnais Route. Now we were moving upstream on the mighty River Saône. Continue reading

Fragnes and Chalon-sur-Saône

Chalon-sur-Saône's cathedral

Chalon-sur-Saône’s cathedral

Traveling via the Canal du Centre it is 15 kilometers and 11 locks from Chagny to the Port Verte de Fragnes. The well-developed port in Fragnes was our last stop before we moved onto the Saône River. Continue reading

Southern Burgundy Wine Country

A road winds through some very expensive vineyards near Puligny-Montrachet.

A road winds through some very expensive vineyards near Puligny-Montrachet.

As we continue down towards the Saône River from the summit of the Canal du Centre the weather was increasingly hot and dry. In less than a month, we had gone from floods to drought. In 2015 France’s weather was bipolar. Continue reading

Crossing the Summit of the Canal du Centre

Wanderlust gains some bovine attention as she navigates the Canal du Centre.

Wanderlust gains some bovine attention as she navigates the Canal du Centre.

At the end of May, for the second time of the season, Wanderlust crossed the summit pound of a canal. This time the high point was on the Canal du Centre. At the top of the Centre the water drains to either the Loire or the Saône river basins. The waters of the Loire eventually reach the Atlantic Ocean; the waters of the Saône drain into the Rhone and ultimately to the Mediterranean Sea in the south of France. Continue reading