Roanne 2018

 
Wednesday 30th May
And at last I am back aboard Shangri La in Roanne!

It is always a bit of a trek to get back on board, but this time it was exacerbated by the French rail strike. I had booked my flight from London to Lyon some time ago for Monday 28th , planning to take the tra…

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Shangri La in Roanne June 2018

Vegan Barging in France

Regular readers might be aware that Karen and I follow a plant-based diet, which can be tricky at times, but possibly more so while vegan barging in France. It has become easier over time, and we eat very well on board! Shangri-La has a wonderfully equipped galley

and Karen produces the m…

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Shangri La at Paray le Monial

Plans for 2018

Planning for 2018 –
 

This is quite a traumatic post to write! Originally our thoughts were to continue along the Canal Lateral a la Loire, join into the River Seine and head to Paris. Someone said to me one absolutely has to cruise through Paris on one’s own boat, drinking champagne! But…

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2018 travel plan map

Roanne - preparing to winter

Wednesday 9th to Tuesday 15th August
Roanne
The marina at Roanne turned out to be surprisingly large, and with also then surprisingly little to offer in the way of marine supplies and services! There is a large community of live-aboard boaters moored here, with a bit of a social scene going on –…

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Shangri-La-winter-covered

Canal de Roanne a Digoin

Sunday 6th to Tuesday 8th August 2017
Briennon to Roanne
We were getting very close to the end of our trip so the pressure to get moving was less. And we only had a short way to go to Roanne so decided to spend the morning here in Briennon and head off after lunch. I contacted VNF lockie and arr…

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Roanne marina by night

Canal de Roanne a Digoin

 
Friday 4th to Saturday 5th August 2017.
Digoin to Bourg-le-Compte (Wild Stop)
Another lovely but hot day on the Canal de Roanne a Digoin. Yesterday, while visiting the aquaduct, we had spoken to the lockie at the next lock, which it seemed was manned all the time. So no need to worry. …

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Wild stop near Bourg-le-Compte

“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

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Latest Adventures

Roanne 2018

  Wednesday 30th May And at last I am back aboard Shangri La in Roanne! It is always a bit of a trek to get back on board, but this time it was exacerbated by the French rail strike. I had booked my flight from London to Lyon some time ago for Monday 28th ,... read more

Vegan Barging in France

Regular readers might be aware that Karen and I follow a plant-based diet, which can be tricky at times, but possibly more so while vegan barging in France. It has become easier over time, and we eat very well on board! Shangri-La has a wonderfully equipped galley and... read more

Plans for 2018

Planning for 2018 –   This is quite a traumatic post to write! Originally our thoughts were to continue along the Canal Lateral a la Loire, join into the River Seine and head to Paris. Someone said to me one absolutely has to cruise through Paris on one’s own... read more

Roanne – preparing to winter

Wednesday 9th to Tuesday 15th August Roanne The marina at Roanne turned out to be surprisingly large, and with also then surprisingly little to offer in the way of marine supplies and services! There is a large community of live-aboard boaters moored here, with a bit... read more

Canal de Roanne a Digoin

Sunday 6th to Tuesday 8th August 2017 Briennon to Roanne We were getting very close to the end of our trip so the pressure to get moving was less. And we only had a short way to go to Roanne so decided to spend the morning here in Briennon and head off after lunch. I... read more

Canal de Roanne a Digoin

  Friday 4th to Saturday 5th August 2017. Digoin to Bourg-le-Compte (Wild Stop) Another lovely but hot day on the Canal de Roanne a Digoin. Yesterday, while visiting the aquaduct, we had spoken to the lockie at the next lock, which it seemed was manned all the... read more

Canal du Centre – Digoin

  Tuesday 1st to Thursday 3rd August Paray to Digoin This part of the trip along the Canal du Centre was an easy boating day – 11 kms and 3 locks (vertical drop of 7 metres). We had arranged a 1000 start with Alain the VNF lockie, so all the locks were set... read more

Canal du Centre – Paray-le-Monial

Saturday 29 to Monday 31 July Genelard to Paray-le-Monial Another early start. We got going about 08.45, to be at the first lock at 09.00. We traveled together with a New Zealand boat all the way to Paray. Made it quite easy as they were ahead and entered to locks... read more

Canal du Centre – Genelard

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... read more

Montceau-les-mines

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.... read more

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About Me

My love of boats goes back to my early years when I went on holiday with my parents to Knysna in the Cape. We stayed at a hotel on stilts, and I played in rowing boats and little motor boats on the lagoon.

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