Canal de Bourgogne: Abbey of Fontenay

Inside Fontenay Abbey’s church

We first visited the Abbey of Fontenay in Burgundy France in 2010. It was the first Cistercian abbey that we visited. It still ranks as our favorite. Continue reading

Canal de Bourgogne: Château de Bussy-Rabutin

Château de Bussy-Rabutin

Roughly 9 kilometers from the mooring in Venarey-les-Laumes is Château de Bussy-Rabutin. It is reachable by bike, as are several other notable destinations in the area. We missed this one when Wanderlust transited the Canal de Bourgogne in 2016 and only found it by chance later in August of 2018 when we visited the area by car. 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: 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: Vandenesse-en-Auxois to Pont d’Ouche

A hotel barge pushes up the canal.

The stretch of the Canal de Bourgogne between Vandenesse-en-Auxois and Pont d’Ouche is prime hotel barge territory. Luxury barges work their way along the canal winding through the bucolic French countryside. The canal in this area is an antidote to the stresses of modern life for the customers who can afford the steep admission price. Continue reading

Canal de Bourgogne: Vandenesse-en-Auxois

The château in Châteauneuf-en-Auxois

On the far side of the Pouilly tunnel a quick sequence of locks took Wanderlust down from the summit pound of the Canal de Bourgogne to the village of Vandenesse-en-Auxois. With only 275 full-time residents and a seemingly equal number of flower boxes, Vandenesse is a typical small French village. Continue reading

Canal de Bourgogne: Souterrain de Pouilly-en-Auxois

Wanderlust approaches Vandenesse at the far side of the Souterrain de Pouilly-en-Auxois.

The port de plaisance in Pouilly-en-Auxois is located in the uppermost pound of the Canal de Bourgogne. From the summit reach Wanderlust would descend at the next lock no matter her direction of travel. To the west of the port, the canal water’s drain down to the River Yonne. In Montereau-fault-Yonne the Yonne joins the Seine on the way to the Atlantic in Le Havre. To the east, in the direction we were heading, the waters of the canal connect to the River Saône. In Lyon the Saône joins the Rhone River, which deposit’s its waters into the Mediterranean near Marseille. Though the water in the summit pound would eventually make it to the Med or Atlantic, Wanderlust would not, at least not this year. Continue reading

Canal de Bourgogne: Pont Royal to Pouilly-en-Auxois

Mad Max meets the Canal de Bourgogne.

Mad Max meets the Canal de Bourgogne.

The port in Pont Royal is pleasant. Indeed we might have stayed another day if the restaurant was open. But it was August in France and the restaurateur was “en vacances,” as they say. If we wanted to stay longer we’d need to break out the emergency rations. Though we like the cassoulet we had stocked in the pantry well enough it is hard to want to subsist on canned food for days on end. Continue reading

Canal de Bourgogne: Venarey-les-Laumes to Pont Royal

The Canal de Bourgogne

The Canal de Bourgogne

Not far from Venarey-les-Laumes the Canal-de-Bourgogne starts climbing quickly, or at least quickly for a canal. For one 12-kilometer stretch from Ecluse Mussy to Ecluse Charigny there are 37 locks. These locks lift or drop the passing boats by about 96 meters. That calculates to a gradient of roughly 0.8%, a slope that would be hardly noticed in a car. In barge on a canal, you definitely are aware that you are climbing. Continue reading