Canal de Bourgogne: Entering Dijon

Wanderlust pauses for lunch inside a lock on the way to Dijon.

As we neared the port in Dijon we moved Wanderlust into one of the last locks of the day. Looking up we noticed a “slight” problem just ahead: There was no water in the pound below the lock. Without water, Wanderlust was not going to continue wandering. Continue reading

Wanderlust’s 1000th Lock

On the 29th of September 2015 Wanderlust passed through her 1000th lock. The milestone occurred on the eastern segment of the Canal de la Marne au Rhin near Vitry-le-François. Wanderlust’s crew took a brief break to celebrate the moment and then quickly headed into her 1001st, 1002nd, 1003rd… locks. There are many, many more locks in Wanderlust’s future. Continue reading


Wanderlust rests for the lunch on a pontoon inside one of the Yonne's slope-sided locks.

Wanderlust rests for the lunch on a pontoon inside one of the Yonne’s slope-sided locks.

The lunch hour is a firmly protected tradition in France. If you stay long in the French countryside you learn to not expect anything other than the restaurants to be open at lunch. The prohibition of work during lunch often applies to the waterways; automated or manned, the locks frequently close for lunchtime. Continue reading

Waterway Dreams

DSC_8457-Edit-EditFinally, a year after she was launched on the Thames, Wanderlust reached France. At her bow was Europe’s network of inland waterways. France alone has over 5,300 miles of navigable water. Though the French network of navigable waterways is the largest in Europe, the water routes do not stop at the border. Past France, navigable inland waterways extend into Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, and on to the Black Sea. Using the inland waterways a boat can cruise from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, from the Baltic to the Black Sea. It takes years to explore at canal boat pace. Continue reading