Daylight Saving has just finished here in New Zealand and, quelle horreur, I had to turn a lamp on at 5.15pm! Speaking of turning, the weather! Our Summer was almost a non-event this year and Autumn also seems to be MIA. Then two cyclones hit! Outrageous! Right, that’s it. It’s time to fly away to (hopefully) warmer climes.
Silver Fern has wallowed away the Northern Winter in the water at Blanquarts Marina in St Jean de Losne in deepest Burgundy, France. Checking the weather over there we’ve noticed it was a very cold winter in Europe so fingers crossed the old girl’s held up ok.
So what plans do we have up our sleeves? Plans that, bien sûr, could change depending on what the weather gods have in store as we learned in the last three years!
The first part of this year’s adventure is relatively straightforward. We fly out of Christchurch on May 8 to Paris via Singapore on SingaporeAir with about 7 hours on the ground in between flights. We’ve booked our usual hotel beside the Gare de Lyon in Paris for 3 nights to get over the jet lag and of course walk for hours around that beautiful city, stopping for café et a little déjeuner, peut-être. Can’t wait. Because Paris.
From there we take the TGV to Dijon, pick up a hire car (Europcar) and drive to the boat in St Jean de Losne. After a week or so of provisioning and fixing any problems that may have arisen over the Winter, hopefully we’ll head off up the Canals and rivers towards Paris.
Cruising up the Seine, past the Tour Eiffel and into the Arsenal marina will be amazing and a personal dream for me. From there we are hoping to carry on North to the Somme area and then back to Burgundy before heading home at the beginning of October.
It’s an ambitious trip and we will have to crunch the numbers and see if it’s doable. The last thing we want is to put any time pressure on ourselves. Hurrying is not compatible with canal boating. At 8kms an hour impatience is rather counter productive and not what we’re about so we will be checking out distances and numbers of locks and playing it by ear.
So those are the plans. We are almost ready to go. Now to address the REALLY big issue.
What am I going to wear? 😳😱