Monthly Archives: July 2016

Montbard to Pouillenay. The start of the staircase locks.

Monday July 25. The weather was warm but a bit cloudy, perfect weather for our 9 locks and 13kms journey. We were up and ready to go by 8.45 so headed into our first lock of the day and were … Continue reading

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Montbard and the Abbey de Fontenay

Montbard is such a lovely town we decided to stay for a while. Wednesday was spent in Dijon (see my last post for that saga) and so on Thursday we took a taxi (called for us by the Tourist Info … Continue reading

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An International Incident. Bad behaviour on the canals…

The day started so well. Who knew the palaver that was to follow. Here’s what happened… The morning was cooler when we woke in Pouillenay. We had agreed with the lockeepers that we would have a 9am start as we … Continue reading

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Dijon by train. The search for Wifi options continues.

Wednesday 20th July dawned another scorcher, heading for 35° in the shade. We were up 7am and on a train bound for Dijon at 8.56am. Very specific at SNCF (France’s National Railway) and usually on time. It’s amusing to think … Continue reading

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Raviéres to Montbard. Beautiful countryside.

Raviéres is a village with a very old church, beautiful houses and a grocery store. There is a boulangerie but it looked like it had been closed for a while. I asked a passerby if there was a boulangerie. Of … Continue reading

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Tanlay To Raviére. Chateau and bike rides.

Tanlay is a lovely well kept village. Our first afternoon we visited the Château de Tanlay which began construction in 1550 over the foundations of a 12th century fortress. Finally completed in the 17th century it has been in the … Continue reading

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Tonnerre to Tanlay. The impressive Fosse Dionne!

Tonnerre is about 1.2km away from the mooring and has interesting buildings and plenty of history. According to the Heritage pamphlet from the tourist office the first inhabitants settled on the plateau Montbellant for safety (the hill side area was … Continue reading

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St-Florentin to Tonnerre and a spot of gate-crashing…

Well! So much for Allez les Bleus. We were heading to a bar in St Florentin to watch France play Portugal in the Euro Football finals. Somehow we ended up inviting ourselves (Martin, I’m looking at you) into the local … Continue reading

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Brienon-sur-Armançon to St-Florentin

Saturday July 9th dawned another beautiful day. We still had power at our Brienon-sur-Armançon mooring until late morning when a woman came around and turned it off again. Guess she wanted another €10. But we headed off to St Florentin. … Continue reading

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Migennes covered market…

The weekly markets are one of my favourite things about France and we are so lucky to be able to visit lots of different markets while we cruise the canals on our boat, Silver Fern. Here are some pictures I … Continue reading

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