The VNF Tourism Conference, Avignon, February 2016

Following our extended visit to the Dusseldorf Boat Show, the world’s biggest, David Edwards-May and we attended the 2016 VNF waterways tourism conference. David is French Waterways’ Practical Navigation section editor, a cartographer and specialist waterways consultant. This year, it was held in the Pope’s Palace, Avignon. We had been at the previous…

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The Dusseldorf Boat Show, January 2016

‘Boot’, the Dusseldorf Boat Show, the biggest in Europe if not the world. 17 huge exhibition halls and 1,800 exhibitors. Gigantic! We were there for two full days. We attended with our close colleagues David Edwards-May and Jenny Ruff, from waterway consultants and specialist publishers, Transmanche. Together, we manned the Inland Waterways…

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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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