Rather than sail across the Bay of Biscay and around Spain and Portugal to get to Andalucia, in the late autumn, we decided to sail our yacht through the French canals to get to the Mediterranean. And take our time doing it.

It turned out to be nine months of the most memorable experiences.

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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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