Category Archives: French markets

Auxonne, Pontailler-sur-Saône, Mantoche and Gray. Stormy weather.

Auxonne is a great spot for a few days. The Port Royale has very nice moorings but quite pricey. For us €14 per night. There is a large military presence here (Napoleon did his training here back in the day) … Continue reading

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Forget Spring. It feels like Winter.

Apparently we missed Summer. It was lovely but only lasted a week. Since we arrived in France it’s back to rainy cold days with thunderstorms and lightening. I love a good storm but this winter blast is no fun. I’m … Continue reading

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Who can resist a French market?

I just can’t resist the French markets! Both taking photos and making a few well-considered purchases. Here are a few shots of our last market of the year. The covered market in Dole. 

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Mareuil sur Ay to Chalons en Champagne via Reims. 

Saturday July 22nd. It was a long day. We departed Mareuil-sur-Ay early, 8am, in convoy with the Australian boat Le Piglet. We were both heading up the Canal de l’Aisne à la Marne to Sillary. Along this shortish canal the … Continue reading

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La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre to Lagny-sur-Marne. 

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St Dizier to Chalons-en-Champagne. 

Week 4. Sunday June 4th. We walked around some of the sights of St Dizier, including the château. The weather was wet and grey which can taint your opinions of a town and we were happy to move on. Monday June … Continue reading

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Piépape to Chaumont via the Balesmes Tunnel. 

Wednesday 24th May. Today we transversed the Balesmes Tunnel, nearly 5km long, built mid 1880s, and ‘supposedly’ well lit the entire way, more on that shortly. We left Piépape early that morning, climbing 11 locks in 9kms before reaching the tunnel … Continue reading

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