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 →
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 →
After a long day we reached the outskirts of Montceau-les-Mines on the 29th of May 2015. Wanderlust was now on the Canal du Centre having left the Canal latéral à la Loire in Digoin. The Centre was the last of … Continue reading →
Crossing the Loire River in Digoin on the way to Paray-le-Monial
From Decize we made a succession of one-night stops in Gammy-sur-Loire, Diou, Digoin, until we reached Paray-le-Monial. Wanderlust spent two nights in Paray. With guests on board and an itinerary to match, our pace was quicker than usual. But it is also true that we chose to spend more time in the more interesting places we encounter. Neither Gammy-sur-Loire, Diou, nor Digoin appealed to us enough to make us want to extend our stay. For us, Paray-le-Monial with its Romanesque church and pleasant town center was the best place to spend an extra day, or days, if we had the time.Continue reading →
Entering a full lock: It is down hill on both ends of a summit pound.
On the 11th of May, as we reached the top pound of the Canal de Briare, Wanderlust moved from the Seine River drainage to the Loire River drainage. From the beginning in Montargis, the Canal de Briare climbs 279 feet to its summit. Much of the climb occurs in the closely spaced locks that are clustered near the summit. On foot, climbing 279 feet may not seem like much. In a 40 tonne boat, climbing 279 is an amazing feat of engineering.Continue reading →
Not all things in France are good. There’s an epidemic of begging. We’ve had particular issues with members of the extended Anatidae family. Waiting in a lock as we approached Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses, this particularly persistent Toulouse Goose would not leave us alone.Continue reading →
With the rains continuing to swell the River Loing we had a choice. We could hunker down on the river in Moret-sur-Loing and wait out the flood. Or we could continue onto the protected waters of the Canal du Loing nearby. If stayed moored in Moret we might be pinned down for some time. Being stuck in Moret is hardly a hardship but it seemed best to move on while we still could.
Wanderlust achieves light speed inside the Tunnel de Chalifert.
Boats traveling the River Marne between Meaux and Lagny-sur-Marne take a short underground passage, the 300 m long Tunnel de Chalifert. This was our fifth tunnel of our journey to Burgundy. The maps showed that there would be one more tunnel ahead.Continue reading →