Friday 27th and 28th July
Montceau to Genelard
We had arranged with the VNF for an 0900 start, as there were three bridges that needed to be raised for us to get going. All went well and we were through the three bridges by 0915.
And all the locks were set in our favour so we had an easy …
Monday 24th to Thursday 27th July 2017
Canal du Centre – Locking down
Montchanin is at the summit, so to speak, of the Canal du Centre and now we started locking down again. The trip to Montceau-les-Mines was 13 kms and 9 locks with a total drop of 26 metres.
Locking down is a whole lot l…
Sunday 23rd July 2017
Some days are full-on boating days and this was one of them! Lots and lots of locks as well as lots of low bridges.
Fortunately the weather was good – not raining, but cloudy with a comfortable temperature. Perfect as we had to have all the awnings down for the whole …
Friday and Saturday 21st and 22nd July 2017
Chagny to St Leger-sur-Dheune
St Leger-sur-Dheune was touted in the guide book as a good place to stop, and so it proved to be. We set out from our wild stop near Chagny, initially leisurely, but spotted a hotel boat coming up from behind. Immediate …
French inland waterway cruise – 20 July 2017
After our long and exhausting day yesterday, we decided to stay in our wild stop just outside Chagny for another night. We love these wild stops – so peaceful and relaxing. In the morning though, we walked into the town itself – about 1 km. A…
Chalon-sur-Saone to Chagny
Wednesday 19th July 2017
So finally it was time to leave the River Saone and venture into the Canal du Centre – a totally new waterway for us. Canal du Centre was indeed as beautiful as we had been told, but a lot of locks, lots of low bridges, and also relatively shal…
“There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” … as the Water Rat said to the Mole in “Wind in the Willows”. And how right he was! I hope I can share the pleasures of boating by recording the trips myself and my wife Karen have taken on the journey to actually buying our boat, and now on our very own Dutch Steel Motor Cruiser, Shangri-La 2.
This blog is an online journal of my various boating activities that have happened over the last few years, from the numerous boating holidays we have taken, some interesting work related events and the journey to buying our own boat