VNF

The French Waterways are beautifully maintained; however the Voies Navigables de France (VNF) does not maintain canals and locks out of the goodness of their hearts.  A portion of the funding for the canals comes from pleasure boat licenses.  A pleasure boat license may be acquired at any VNF office, or very easily online at…

Enter The Vosges

We had approached the very last lock of the Saone/Petite Saone River and there we waited at a red light for our turn to be lifted in the lock.  When the doors opened, we hadn’t expected to see a group of canoes!  Fortunately, as they have to receive special permission for these types of vessels…

The Grand Finale!

Departing our fairy tale stop at Ray sur Saone, Kathy took the stern and steered Detour through the first lock of the day.  Brian and I were certainly going to miss all the extra hands aboard!  Bruce and Kathy’s trip was nearing an end.  This day’s trek upstream in the Petite Saone brought us from Ray sur…

“Dream Boat” Vacation

Need a little bit of rest and relaxation?  Take a spin on the Dream Boat!  Bruce and Kathy had really made themselves comfortable aboard Detour during their visit with us.  They had been busy bees back in Pennsylvania just prior to this vacation, and now it was their time for a bit of refreshment far removed…

The Savoyeux Tunnel

From Auxonne, with Bruce and Kathy aboard, we traveled upstream on the Petite Saone to the town of Gray.  This would be our longest river cruise during Bruce and Kathy’s stay at their home away from home; 27.8 nm with three locks.  Bruce and I began taking turns at the wheel.  Brian’s expertise guided us…

Bienvenue, Bruce & Kathy!

In the town of St Jean de Losne, at Port Blanquart, these baby swans were not the only new arrivals…Here we welcomed Bruce and Kathy aboard Detour; their very first visit since that fateful day nearly one year ago when we all first spotted this magnificent sailing yacht and decided to make her our own.  Bruce and Kathy…

Standby…Another Detour Ahead

Brian and I have much to share; Bruce and Kathy having visited, transiting through tunnels, and climbing mountains with Detour!  Yet, although we are landlocked in a first world country, we are very much disconnected…data signals are spotty and wifi seems nonexistent.  Sometimes this is the price we pay for taking the road less traveled!…

Recharged

Each bend of the Saone River presents us with a new view as we continue upstream.  The hillside vineyards have faded as the narrowing river now winds its way through wheat fields and cow pastures.  Travel is peaceful; staying within the channel bouys we glide through the water at a smooth 5.5 knots.  We seldom…

Abbaye de St Philibert

At the town of Tournus, we found a great pontoon managed by Pavillon Saone (a boat hire company).  There is no charge for a 36-hour stay at this pontoon, including electric and water hook-ups, so long as priority is given to Pavillon Saone boats to dock.  There is also a town quay with rings that…