The Hotel Dieu

We first visited a Hotel Dieu during our stopover in Belleville, as we travelled through Burgundy we visited several of these interesting historical sites.  In Belleville the interior of the Hotel Dieu was immaculately clean and the decor stunning, however this is not the type of hotel we’d choose for an overnight stay.  The first…

Settling Onto the Saone

Motoring upstream on the Saone River, settling into a new pace was a bit of a challenge from our usual get-up-and-go-non-stop travel routine.  The Saone was certainly not holding us back; the opposing current was now only 0.5-1 knots. But there were suddenly so many small towns in which to stop!  We had the joy of moving…

Lyon, France – One Day’s Highlights

Lyon is a fascinating fusion of classical and contemporary; the city’s vastly different districts blend beautifully together resulting in living history amidst a bustling modern city.  Lyon is France’s third largest city, trailing Paris and Marseilles.  Lyon is located in the Rhone-Alps region of France.  We had spectacular access to the city, free parking which is rare in…

Goodbye Rhone, Hello Saone

When we were finally able to depart Les Roches de Condrieu, we had to also say goodbye to some wonderful new friends.  Henk, Fabienne, and Zidane (their German Shepherd) had been our dock neighbors aboard M/Y Lyra.  Henk and Fabienne have extensively traveled the European Inland Waterways; they shared with us wonderful stories, photos, and valuable…

Stops Along the Rhone River

Stops along the Rhone River have been few and far between, although there are several options.  The guide-fluvial or available resources on the internet list all of the telephone numbers associated with the various stops.  Very rarely do these stops monitor the VHF (weird!) with the exception of Plaisance Ports.  We have not on the…

To the Hills of Mont du Pilat

Along the right bank of the Rhone River across from Les Roches de Condrieu, the hillsides are lined with vineyards.  We are in the northern area of the Cotes du Rhone wine region; a sub-region ranging from Vienne to Valence.  Cotes du Rhone wines are expensive (15-35 euros/bottle) due to the difficulty of cultivating the grapes…

Sloggin’ Up the Rhone

The morning we set out from Port l’Eperviere we had a lovely farewell from SY Kristiane and SY Just 4 Fun.  We sang, “Les Americans, Les Americans!” waving to our new friends as we departed the entrance channel; this happy tune had been sung to us at Viviers by some jovial, retirees ending their walking tour…

Valence at Port l’Eperviere

Our stop at Valence was tremendously boring and we let ourselves get lazy at Port l’Eperviere.  But looking back, there must have been a reason for our lag because we were able to meet some fabulous sailors and learn valuable information about our future route.  Here’s the scoop. Port l’Eperviere is a fantastic marina; it…

Viviers to Valence

Another day upstream in the Rhone River; eight-hours of motoring brought us through three locks for a total of 41 nautical miles.  The day was overcast, cool, with a 5-10 knot south breeze mid-day which created a bit of chop on the river against the downstream current.  It was smooth sailing.  Ecluse de Chateauneuf began…

Bike to Montelimar

There are well maintained bike paths along the Rhone River.  During our afternoon in Viviers, we explored one of the paths, crossing the river twice, and found ourselves at the outskirts of Montelimar.  There were many cyclists; long distance road bikers and those just observing the scenery as we were.  We had a sneak peek that…