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 favour so we had an easy …

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Genelard marina

Canal du Centre - 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.

Locking down is a whole lot l…

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Hotel d'ville - Montceau-les-Mines

Canal du Centre - St Leger to Montchanin

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 …

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Canal du Centre - St Leger to Montchanin

Chagny to St Leger-sur-Dheune - Canal du Centre

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 …

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Shangri La with radar arch and aft awning down

Chagny - on the Canal du Centre

French inland waterway cruise – 20 July 2017
Chagny
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…

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Chagny

Canal du Centre - Chalon-sur-Saone to Chagny

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…

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Locking up on Canal du Centre

“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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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

Canal du Centre – St Leger to Montchanin

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... read more

Chagny to St Leger-sur-Dheune – Canal du Centre

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... read more

Chagny – on the Canal du Centre

French inland waterway cruise – 20 July 2017 Chagny 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... read more

Canal du Centre – Chalon-sur-Saone to Chagny

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... read more

River Seille – Cuisery and Louhans

On the Saone – Chalon to Macon and back – River Seille Saturday 1 to Tuesday 18 July – Part 5 We had been told by quite a few boaters that the River Seille up to Louhans was lovely – and so it proved to be. The river is quite small and narrow,... read more

On the Saone River – Macon

On the Saone – Chalon to Macon and back. Saturday 1 to Tuesday 18 July – Part 3 Macon My memories of Macon are somewhat mixed. I was somewhat prepared having read up in the waterway guide that the marina was not that close to the town, and that the town... read more

On the Saone – Tournus

On the Saone – Chalon to Macon and back Saturday 1 to Tuesday 18 July – Part 2 Tournus Tournus (pronounced Tour-noo) was a delight! We called in there twice, on the way down to Macon and again on the way back up the Saone. The mooring was a floating jetty... 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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