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 first, and were able to help us…

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En route to Paray le Monial

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
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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“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

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

On the Saone – Chalon-sur-Saone to Macon and back

Saturday 1 to Tuesday 18 July – Part 1 The Saone River   The Saone is a lovely wide and (at the moment) gently flowing river and made for pleasant boating. The weather was mostly very hot, with a few rain or thundershowers. No half measures here. And the... read more

Preparations – and off down the Saone

  Tuesday 27th to Friday 30th June 2017 First thing Tuesday I commandeered a fellow boater to help me take Shangri La up through the Ecluse St Jean-de-Losne and to the H2O slipway. I am sure I could have done it alone, but discretion is always best, particularly... read more

St Jean-de-Losne again

They say half the fun of a trip is in the planning. I think that is true to a large extent, but there is just nothing like being back aboard our beloved Shangri-La!! I arrived here yesterday evening after the usual trek from London. It was a Sunday, so of course I had... read more

French Inland Waterways – 2017 cruising plan

The year is flying by, and I have been furiously making plans and checking flight and travel costs. The longer you leave it, the more expensive it becomes. So I have finally booked the South Africa to UK flights, and now need to look at the Uk to St Jean-de-Losne bit.... read more

French Inland Waterway Cruising – Reflections on 2016

Before getting into the planning for 2017, I thought I would have a quick look back at our 2016 cruising, and how different it was to 2015. Last year we did only 2 short trips, one up the Canal du Rhone au Rijn to Besancon and back to St Jean-de-Losne, and another... read more

French Inland Waterway cruise – River Saone

To Chalon-sur-Saone and back – 11th to 17th October 2016 Part 4 – And return to St Jean-de-Losne There was a beautiful full moon over Chalon-sur-Saone on our last evening there. It was slightly sad as next day we would head back up the River Saone to St... read more

Barging in France – River Saone – Lyon

To Chalon-sur-Saone and back – 11th to 17th October 2016 Part 3 – Day trip to Lyon Why then take a train trip to Lyon? It’s all to do with planning the next few years on Shangri La. A while back, quite some time before we bought Shangri Lawe did a... read more

French Inland Waterways – River Saone

River Saone – To Chalon-sur-Saone and back – 11th to 17th October 2016 Part 1 – to Verdun-sur-le-Doubs We really have not done a lot of boating this year, mainly due to my work commitments. And we have usually wintered Shangri La by end of September,... 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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