Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Just a few pix of Archangel in the parade of 26 boats who made a spectacular "Train of boats" crossing of Mr. Gustaff Eiffel's impressive canal bridge over the Loire to launch the year's cruising season. It made the local papers, and between this and another article on Briare's boat residents in the same journal, meant we were 'recognised' when we were miles away in Chablis, buying wine. Fame, at last !!
First of all, a little self-indulgence. Here is a pic of grandson "Bill" Raffles (we call him). He has proper hair now, and is enormously more mobile ! I didn't take the pic, and to be honest I don't recognise him, so I'm just hoping it really is himself, he's changed so much !
I have one reason why I'm putting in this picture of us celebrating our Wedding Anniversary with a meal at Petit St. Trop in Briare, I liked it! We did celebrate with our good friends in Briare too, thanks to them.
None of these is actually our clock. But if you wanted a custom-made, handmade clock, then I recommend him. We're very tempted, but we really like ours and it fits on Archangel perfectly, and the next size up just won't ! Here is the Square outside of the shop, I just like the pic. The next one is a short distance from that, near our hotel:
You'd hardly think it, but it was cold, with quite a lot of snow around, but it was also sunny and the snow yielded quite quickly. We did some exploring while the clock was being dismantled, chiefly in Sneek:
Monday, 12 January 2015
You've seen one view of our stopover at Cours les Barres, here is another showing the fairly gruesome fountain head, part of the stream (which must be pumped as it went off at night!) down from the village above:
Saturday, 10 January 2015
Just to list the places we moored this month (not all pictured here): Seurre, Verdun-sous-Doubs, Chalons-sur-Saone, Le Bas Santenay, St. Julien-sur-Dheune, Monceau les Mines, Genelard, Paray le Monial, Digoin, Diou, Saulx Lock, Decize, St. Leger les Vignes/Cercy la Tour, Decize (again) Port de la Jonction, Fleury-sur-Loire, Nevers, Cours les Barres. Wow! No good pix of Seurre (nice place to cycle from !), but one of Verdun-sous-Doubs (a river just off the Saone) which is actually very pretty, but has very few moorings for any large boats:
We only stayed the one night, but left late on the next day after visiting one of the many churches there:
We'll enjoy another visit sometime. Next stop Digoin, which has some good features:
We now leave the Canal du Centre (nice and curvy, the designer thought it more interesting (it is!) and move onto the Canal Lateral a la Loire (i.e. beside the Loire). The trip onwards to Diou involves one of many canal viaducts (pont canal) over some big river, oh yes, the Loire again. It's a bit hairy as you go over the bridge to a lock and hope you can get into that!:
No pix taken of the next two stops, Diou or of Saulx (well, it was just after the last lock before the complicated bit to go off the canal and into Decize & the Loire proper!). We liked Decize, tho' it's quite a walk/ride to town from the well-equipped marina. Here's our mooring there:
There was a fete going on that weekend - we missed out on the big meal, but the acts the next day were impressive, in fact pretty amazing, and all free:
Then we were so pleased to welcome some very good friends who came down specially to stay with us. We took a little trip onto the Loire river (I was pretty nervous about this) to avoid being swept onto the great barrage (like a weir) and thence up the Canal du Nivernais a little way. The Loire:
A very nice lunch at St. Leger les Vignes (no facilities operating), we found a very haughty kitten (lived near the old chat-eau) at our night stop of Cercy La Tour:
We stayed the night at Cercy La Tour (by good luck, met more great friends there, oh the imbibing!).Then next day back to Decize to moor right on the bank of the Loire, by the town iself. The next morning there was a huge car boot sale - never knew there was that much 'stuff' that I never wanted !