Monsieur and my bicycle trailer.

bicycle trailer

Monsieur and my bicycle trailer.

We have been in Meaux for over a week now waiting for a bicycle trailer! That is very out of character for us as we are normally randomly ambling around the canals & rivers. However there is a reason for this, because all French filling stations are strategically situated away from waterways boaters have to walk for miles with jerrycans of diesel. This forces them to buy the overpriced diesel from marinas where the diesel has been stored in a damp underground tank since last season. I’m

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Time lapse video of a cruise on the Seine.

Time lapse video of a cruise on the Seine.

Our two sons Ben & David as well as Ben’s girlfriend Tara flew over to meet us in Paris and spend a few days on the boat. This was to celebrate Marion 50th but also David’s 21st. It was wonderful to see them and we had a great weekend. We took a trip from the Port de l’Arsanel on the Canal St Martin in the centre of Paris out onto the Seine and down as far as the Statue of Liberty (the original one!)

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The barge men’s strike and Marion’s birthday

Barge strike blocks the river

What a busy week, the barge men have gone on strike and Marion will be 50 this week.

Certainly a lot has been happening even with the strike aside. Firstly the locks keep growing in size. On the southern end of the Nivernais the locks were just 30 meters long. From the summit level north they were 38 meters long. Then when we reached Auxerre they grew to 108 meters.

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Summit level on the Nivernais Canal

Nivernais summit

We have arrived at the Nivernais summit level. Well what a trip this Nivernais canal is turning out to be. It is just beautiful with it’s winding course following the l’Aron and l’Yonne rivers. With over 150 locks the Nivernais is a bit of work too. The V.N.F. (Voies Navigable de France) lock keepers are superb and take all the hard work out of it. Because this canal is shallow we

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A wet Easter on the Briare canal

Wet easter

Well it’s a wet Easter Saturday and the weather should be reasonably good by now.  But it was raining when we woke this morning and it’s still raining. when we untied at 1pm it was raining and it kept raining all day. We tied up in Dompierre sur Besbre at 5:30pm and it was still raining. Now don’t get me wrong, after all I’m a Paddy and well used to rain,  and I’m used to wet Easters too, but I thought this sort of rain only occurred in Ireland?

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Coures les Barres

It has been unusually cold and wet here for the past ten days or so. We were waiting for an improvement in the weather in a small town called Coures les Barres and today 1-April-10 was just such a day. It’s still cold but at least the sun came out as we headed south towards the city of Decize. It was a seven hour trip which was a bit more that we had hoped to do.

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The start of a new season

Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow. (Billy Shakespeare). Ah yes a new season is upon us and it’s sad leaving the good friends that we have been lucky enough to make in Briare. Soon we head off along the canal again. I had been looking forward to leaving Briare in the spring sunshine since the first snow and ice of the winter appeared last December. But when the day finally did

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