Vitry-le-François

Generally the locks are signed as no swimming but the lock keepers turn a blind eye on really hot days.

Generally the locks are signed as no swimming but the lock keepers turn a blind eye on really hot days.

Vitry-le-François sits on the junction of three canals, the entre Champagne et Bourgogne, and the Marne-Rhine, and the latéral à la Marne. Communes at the intersection of waterways are natural locations to support the waterway life. They are the truck stops of the waterways. Continue reading

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Orconte

Moored near us when we stopped in Orconte was an adventurer Bruno.  Bruno Sananès was in the midst of a long journey across France from Dunkirk to Bordeaux in a four-meter long boat. Bruno successfully completed his voyage across France … Continue reading

Joinville

A curious thing happens near Joinville. The waters of the Canal entre Champagne et Bourgogne turn crystal clear. You can literally see every rock and pebble on the bottom. After years of floating over the typically murky canal water never … Continue reading

Langres

Sighting along Langres ramparts

Sighting along Langres ramparts

After the hinterlands of the southern portion of the Canal entre Champagne et Bourgogne, Langres, a commune with less than 10,000 people, seemed like a major metropolitan area. Langres has supermarkets and restaurants, something we hadn’t seen for some time. Absence makes the heart grow fonder; it was now easy to ignore the fact that the supermarket was up the hill some distance away from the canal. At least we could buy fresh food once again. Continue reading

The Balesmes Tunnel

 

Wanderlust inside the The Balesmes Tunnel.

Wanderlust inside the The Balesmes Tunnel.

Tunnels are not unusual at the top of many summit canals. Indeed, mostly as a consequence of crossing water divides seven times, Wanderlust spent around 1% of her 2015 cruising distance traveling underground. One of the longest tunnels we encountered, the nearly five kilometer-long Balesmes Tunnel, is at the top pound of the Canal entre Champagne et Bourgogne. Continue reading

Villegusien-le-Lac

Wanderlust heads to the summit of the Canal entre Champagne et Bourgogne

Wanderlust heads to the summit of the Canal entre Champagne et Bourgogne

Sometimes we find moorings for the night in the midst of the historic old towns. Other times we spend the night tied to the bank amongst France’s idyllic farmlands. And then there are the times when aren’t particular and just need to find a decent place to tie up for the night. Continue reading

Canal entre Champagne et Bourgogne

Wanderlust splits the water on the Canal entre Champagne et Bourgogne.

Wanderlust splits the water on the Canal entre Champagne et Bourgogne.

It might come as a surprise but the population density of France is about the same as that of Texas. Though there are crowded metropolitan areas, there is also plenty of sparsely populated countryside. One of these thinly developed sections is south of the summit tunnel of the Canal entre Champagne et Bourgogne. Continue reading

Leaving the River Saône

On the 17th of June 2015, Wanderlust moved off of the River Saône and onto the Canal entre Champagne et Bourgogne. Once sensibly known as the Canal de la Marne à la Saône, the entre Champagne et Bourgogne neither starts … Continue reading