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
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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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

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

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

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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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