The Canal du Rhône au Rhin: The Return to Montreux-Château and on to Besançon, a New Battery Challenge Emerges

On Wanderlust’s return journey from Rhine terminus of the Canal du Rhône au Rhin was quite different than the outbound cruise. The weather and river had changed. Gone were the cool rainy days and clear fresh flowing water of spring. … Continue reading

The Canal du Rhône au Rhin: Halte de Hombourg

While based in Mulhouse for a month we decided to take Wanderlust out for an overnight stay near the Rhine terminus of the Canal du Rhône au Rhin. This excursion was driven by our curiosity about the remaining as yet … Continue reading

The Canal du Rhône au Rhin: Dannemarie to Mulhouse

If we had been in a hurry we could have departed Dannemarie and made it to Mulhouse, the easternmost city along Canal du Rhône au Rhin, in one day. Instead we chose to break this segment up into two short-ish … Continue reading

The Canal du Rhône au Rhin: Montreux-Château to Dannemarie

Once Wanderlust passed through the lock to reach Montreux-Château’s small port she was in the Rhône-Rhine’s highest pound, a mere 1,100 feet above sea level. The water in the lock behind us drains down to the River Saône, which merges … Continue reading

The Canal du Rhône au Rhin: Montbéliard to Montreux-Château

  Leaving Montbéliard on a wet and rainy day we headed in the direction of the Rhine. Our next planned stop was the small pleasure craft port in Montreux-Château. Montreux-Château’s port small straddles the border of the Haut-Rhin and Territoire … Continue reading

The Canal du Rhône au Rhin: L’Isle-sur-le-Doubs to Montbéliard

At the end of a drizzly day of cruising we arrived in Montbéliard France, a town of around 26,000 roughly seven miles from France’s border with Switzerland. Wanderlust had now made it past the halfway point on her cruise from … Continue reading

The Canal du Rhône au Rhin: Besançon to l’Isle-sur-le-Doubs

  It took us two cruising days to cover the stretch of waterway from Besançon to the small commune of l’Isle-sur-le-Doubs. In between Wanderlust spent the night at the port on a canal shunt outside of the village of Baumes-les-Dames. … Continue reading

The Canal du Rhône au Rhin: Besançon, Horloge Astronomique

Besançon’s astronomical clock

Besançon is considered the watch making capitol of France. This is by intent. The commune’s formal watchmaking role began shortly after the French Revolution. It was then that the French government decided to create a production center to compete with imports from England and Switzerland. The French government chose Besançon to be their horological center in part because of its location is near the competition: 50 miles to the west of Besançon, just across the border in Switzerland’s Canton of Jura, are famous Swiss watch making towns of La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle. La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle are still important watch making centers and are home to some of the world’s most famous watch brands including Rolex, Tag Heurer, Patek Philippe, Tissot, and more. Continue reading

The Canal du Rhône au Rhin:  Ranchot to Besançon

Just below the commune of Dole the western portion of the Canal du Rhône au Rhin connects to the flowing River Doubs for the first time.  From its intersection with the canal the River Doubs continues down to its confluence … Continue reading