Finally…we are back on the road again

Or in our case, river. Alan’s foot is not back to normal yet but he’s determined to head off today so after refuelling, filling up the water tanks, topping up the wifi Domino and saying au’revoir to the guys at the Capitanerie in Chalon, we headed back out onto the Saone and upstream.

imageWe were keen to stay tonight in Gergy but there wasn’t enough room on the pontoon for us. There would have been if a smaller boat had moved forward but there was no one on board and I’m not sure of the etiquette in moving someone’s boat without their knowledge. So we moved off and continued up to Verdun-sur-le-Doubs. The Saone was very quiet today. We only saw one commercial barge…

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But plenty of other sights…

The ubiquitous crane

The ubiquitous crane

Here he is again!

Here he is again!

These cows are BIG

These cows are BIG

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Is this a mai mai?

Is this a mai mai?

I had been told that Verdun-sur-le-Daubs wasn’t worth stopping at but I disagree entirely. Love this mooring. Here’s the history in a nutshell. The Romans established a port here in the first century AD and has been a busy waterways capital ever since. Until recently. Right now it seems very quiet. The port, which is a pontoon with a Capitanerie, is right in front of the town square with ramparts of the old town and a steep access ramp. Across from the port is the île du Château which has been made into a public space for everyone to enjoy. Very peaceful and fabulous views back to the boat. Speaking of the boat, we really need to change the name! No one can say Wig Wam. In Chalon at the. Capitanerie the German or Swiss receptionist called it Vig Varm which I quite liked if said with a certain stern Nazi’ish tone. Ja!

Here are some pics from Verdun…

Vig Varm, Ja!

Vig Varm, Ja!

View from the bridge looking at the pontoon

View from the bridge looking at the pontoon

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Not sure what to say about this one. Quirky?

Not sure what to say about this one. Quirky?

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The last pic was the view from the bar where Alan had a very nice beer and I had a citron presse which was extremely tart and very delicious. Inside the boys were watching the World Cup. I can’t believe we aren’t in it. No NZ flags on the bunting. 😦 Ah well, there’s always Le Rugby!

About khodges2013

Alan and I divide our time between our apartment in Christchurch, New Zealand, and our 11.5m Dutch Cruiser, Silver Fern, on the canals in France. We started out hiring and eventually bought our boat in 2014. The two summers lifestyle is wonderful and we feel very lucky!
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8 Responses to Finally…we are back on the road again

  1. Graeme & Hills says:

    Nice pics…..that Horse must go to the same hairdresser as you!!……:)

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  2. Nikki says:

    That cow is a bull sis! Funny x

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  3. shelbr says:

    Did you ever find out about the etiquette of moving someone’s boat on? I think it is poor etiquette to leave an unused space that prevents another from mooring. Also, what is the etiquette of doubling up, tying up to another boat, then walking across their boat to get to the pontoon? Sailing boats do it here in Australia.

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    • khodges2013 says:

      Rafting up is common but I’d wouldn’t do it without the owners permission unless you were desperate. Moving someone’s boat isn’t really considered good etiquette either. Tricky!

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  4. shelbr says:

    By the way, we will be one of those pesky hire boat operators – our second trip in French waters.

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