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

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 for us and we arrived in Digoin…

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Aquaduct at Digoin

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

“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

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

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

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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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