Archive | May, 2012

An evening with our Japanese friends and Basho in St Jean de Losne

31 May

Last night was momentous in that we had supper on our boat with Roichi and Akemi, our Japanese neighbours in their boat Sakura (Cherryblossom).  It was raining so we ate in the saloon, the first time we have had guests for supper inside our boat and made pea and mushroon risotto in our one pot.  Continue reading

Concluding the story of the tunnel

31 May

Its a few days and about 60 locks ago, but  to conclude the story of the journey through the tunnel which had us so worried . . .

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More people and friendly ships

31 May

Following the owls in Dijon

31 May

We only had a day in Dijon, alas, and it was Pentecost so most of the museums were closed, but we found ourselves intrigued by this elegant city.  Dijon was the capital of the dukes of Burgundy around 1000AD and under the patronage of the dukes Philip the Bold, Jean the Fearless and Philip the Good (it was he who sold Joan of Arc to the English), Dijon became one of the great centres of art, learning and science in the 1400’s.  It lost its capital status on incorporation into the kingdom of France in 1477, but retains the aura of its romantic history. Continue reading

Ashtonsawash – some pictures

23 May

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Of people we’ve met along the way

23 May

There are many pieces of the jigsaw puzzle experience of travelling, beautiful buildings, ancient history, foods and the occasional bottle of wine. But possibly the most lasting memories are of the people we meet along the way.   The relationships don’t have to be  deep or profound,  they just have to be.   Continue reading

Cathy writes: At Pouilly-en-Auxois, the highest canal in France (378m)

23 May

We were relieved to enter the Canal de Bourgogne, away from the flooding Yonne and closed locks.  There are three routes from Paris to the Mediterranean:  (i) the Bourbonnais route which consists of four canals to Chalon-sur-Saone and the route south, (ii) the Nivernais route — apparently lovely — and (iii) the Canal du Bourgogne, the route we opted to take.

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