Ah, RATS!

It was Saturday night in Verdun, and we were forewarned by fellow cruisers about the summer concert series along the waterfront…it would be LOUD!!  Duh!  It’s a CONCERT!  Verdun’s waterfront was crowded; boats were rafted to one another, including Detour which was rafted to M/Y Zonderzorg all the way at the end of the docks.  But, we…

Battlegrounds by Bicycle

Talk about becoming history buffs!  Brian and I bicycled to the outskirts of Verdun to get a first hand look at World War I battlegrounds and underground forts.  Verdun, despite being the birthplace of sugared almonds, does not exactly have a sweet history.  Verdun’s citadel housed French headquarters during World War I.  The results of the…

St Mihiel to Verdun – What a Day!

This day was no ordinary lazy, river cruise down the Meuse.  During our trip from St Mihiel to Verdun, we traversed 26 miles and were lowered down nine locks; with a few bursts of excitement along the way! The day’s first lock beyond St Mihiel, Ecluse #11, was the first of several manual locks along…

Trench of Thirst at St Mihiel

From the pontoon at St Mihiel, Brian and I had our first sampling of World War I history.  We’d gotten a great sightseeing tip from Kent and Heather (M/Y Apres Ski) who had recommended we visit the Trench of Thirst.  Kent provided excellent walking directions, which we followed although skeptical that we were actually heading out…

Enter Canal de la Meuse

At Troussey, we exited the Canal de la Marne au Rhin and Detour was lowered down Ecluse #1 to begin the Canal de la Meuse.  Not our most scenic entry, however the farther along we travel through the Meuse, the more beautiful the scenery does become.  The Meuse River winds its way from Troussey to the…