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

The Saône: Lyon

Wanderlust enters Lyon on the River Saône.

As we left Macon we were within range of our next major destination, Lyon. Lyon is a little less than eight hours by boat Macon. As long as we didn’t get distracted by another mooring, which we didn’t, we would make it easily in a day. Continue reading

The Saône: Tournus to Mâcon

If we can keep up, which we often can’t, it’s good to follow the commercials down the river and join them in the lock. With no locks between Verdun and Macon, there was no need.

Having broken free of Saint Jean de Losne, at least for the time being, Wanderlust was on the loose. Heading south on the River Saône we figured we’d cruise to Lyon. And maybe, if we chose to be adventuresome, we would go as far south as Valence on the Rhône. The plans weren’t well considered and there was no end date, at least for the moment. We knew we would have to return to Saint Jean at some point in the not too distant future. For now Wanderlust was free to wander. The plans would be made as we went. Continue reading

The Saône: Saint Jean de Losne to Verdun-sur-Doubs

Wanderlust in Verdun-sur-Doubs

As June of 2017 came to a close Wanderlust’s obligation to be in Saint Jean de Losne for follow-up surveys was fulfilled. At this point all we could do is wait. It would take at least a month for the next round of reports from the surveyors to be generated. Once the findings were published, it would take more time before we heard back from the builder. Until then it was unlikely we would be called on to make Wanderlust available for additional inspections. The legal dispute also meant that we had to wait to initiate the repairs. As letters passed back and forth between the solicitors Wanderlust’s future was uncertain. Continue reading

The Saône: First Lock of the Season

Wanderlust enters the Auxonne lock, her first of the 2017 season

The first and last locks of the season are notable events. Wanderlust’s first lock passage in 2017 came on April 13th as she passed through the Auxonne lock on the River Saône. As locks go, this is an easy one, it’s much wider that normal for a Freycinet length lock. The tricky part is waiting for the lock to open. There’s an eddy on the lock approach. It makes things mildly interesting when you are breaking off the off seasoning helming rust. 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


Once we moved off the Canal du Centre and onto the River Saône we needed to plan for overnight moorings. On a canal we can reliably find adequate places for the night on abandoned commercial quays or, in a pinch, … Continue reading


Wanderlust enters the last lock on the Canal du Centre.  After descending nearly 11 meter she'd be on the Saône.

Wanderlust enters the last lock on the Canal du Centre. After descending nearly 11 meter she’d be on the Saône.

With one last deep lock in Chalon-sur-Saône, Wanderlust came to the end of the Canal du Centre. Over the last 38 days we completed the Bourbonnais Route. Now we were moving upstream on the mighty River Saône. Continue reading