UK to the Med :: Episode 1 :: Poole to River Seine to Paris

In the first of our legendary reports, having made the decision to ‘sell up and go sailing’ and go through the French canals to the Mediterranean. We leave the UK, cross the Channel in a gale, deal with a toilet problem, crash into a lock, lower (unstep) the mast, nearly…

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UK to the Med :: Episode 2 :: River Marne to the River Saone

In the second episode, with the waterways almost to ourselves, we enjoy Champagne in a cold, bright November, travel the delightful and very quiet Marne à la Saone canal south to the River Saone and get to Saint Jean de Losne where we meet lots of new friends. I went…

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UK to the Med :: Episode 7 :: La Saone and Le Rhone

In Episode 6 normal service resumes as we get back onto the water, sailing down the wide but gentle, feminine River Saone and the wide, impressive, masculine River Rhone. ‘Cos it’s soon one morning, down the road we’re going. On the road again . . . Wed 31st March SEURRE…

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UK to the Med :: Episode 8 :: Canal du Midi and Canal de Garonne

Now in well and truly south of the border in Occitania (the houses have shutters, the roofs have roman tiles) we enjoy the Camargue, savour the many delights of the historic Canal du Midi, wander around Toulouse and venture west along the ‘secret’ Canal de Garonne. Then it’s back to…

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Cruising tales: Decize to Bazolles

We joined the Loire, with a quick stop on the Decize town quay for croissant and pain complet, and then on to the Nivernais, passing the confluence of the tributary Aron. And before too long the renowned beauty of the Nivernais kicks in.  It’s not so very spectacular – sunny, green…

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Cruising tales: Digoin to Dompierre-sur-Besbre

Since leaving Auxonne we have travelled 228km and passed through 70 locks. Our engine has run for 41 hours. It’s a Nanni – a Kubota engine that’s been marinised – and it’s never let us down yet, in 8 years. It starts first time and just keeps going. Provided it…

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Cruising tales: Saint-Leger sur Dheune, Canal du Centre (PK 33)

Welcome to the first in our series of cruising tales, our very own experiences of France’s waterways now that we’re back aboard Grehan and waterborne.  For those who don’t know, PK means Point Kilometre. They are marked along the waterways, like the old milestones in the UK, discreetly printed on very…

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