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: Saint Jean de Losne to Dole

Wanderlust pauses for lunch above the lock in Écluse de Saint-Symphorien.

Leaving the port in Saint Jean de Losne we turned Wanderlust upstream on the River Saône. Not far upriver we reached the entrance of the Rhone-Rhine Canal with its distinctive but little used observation platform. We loitered a short time pointing into the river’s stream waiting for the lock’s gates to open. When they gates did swing open, we moved Wanderlust into the lock. Leaving the Saône we were on our way up the Canal du Rhône au Rhin. Continue reading

France: Hospices de Beaune

 

Inside the Hospices de Beaune

Our first visit to the Hospices de Beaune or Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune, a former charity hospital founded in 1443 in Beaune France, was on a rainy day in 2010. On the day we visited in the summer of 2010 touring the inside of the hospital was a good escape from the soaking rains. The hard rains made it difficult to get a good view of the outside and the pictures I took did not do the exterior of the building justice. It was too bad. Hospices de Beaune with a distinctive Burgundy tile roof is a fine postcard-worthy example of 15th Century French architecture. Continue reading

France: Château de la Rochepot

Near the commune of La Rochepot France, on a weekend trip from Wanderlust’s base in Saint Jean de Losne to Autun we caught a quick glimpse over the shoulder of a large château topped with an eye-catching Burgundy-tile roof. Driving … Continue reading

The Saône: Château de Savigny-lès-Beaune

Jet fighters and vineyards in Château de Savigny-lès-Beaune

Being confined to the area around Saint Jean de Losne for an extended stretch was not ideal. We wanted to take Wanderlust out on a cruise, but practically we could not. With the dispute ongoing and the need to have work done, staying in or near Saint Jean was the only real option. Though Saint Jean de Losne is not the most interesting town in France it does have one advantage: It is in Burgundy. With time and a rental car, we could explore the area. 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 Rhône and Saône: The Trip From the Mediterranean to Saint Jean de Losne

For Wanderlust’s return trip to Burgundy there were no viable route options. She could get back in days on the Rhône and Saône rivers, superhighways on the scale of the inland waterways of Europe. Short of loading Wanderlust onto a … Continue reading