Podcast – The French Canals

You’ve read our stories, now hear our lovely voices!  Brian and I both had the pleasure of speaking with Franz, who interviewed us for his podcast series, Sailing in the Mediterranean.  Franz’s website (http://www.medsailor.com/) is filled with fantastic, firsthand information and helpful resources for cruising and chartering in the Mediterranean Sea. He also features topic interviews…

Bye, bye Belgium

Our final stop in Belgium was the city of Liege where, rather than go into the port, we found a quiet mooring place about 1-mile walk from downtown.  Liege was a bustling city!  In the photo below, an upstream view of the Meuse with the diver statue on the right marking the entrance to the port.  We…

“Oy!” from Huy, Belgium

From Dinant, we traveled 14.4 nm of the Meuse River and were lowered through six locks to end our second day in Belgium at the city quayside of Namur.  The scenery en-route reminded us of a storybook; quaint towns, cascading willows, half-timbered houses, and castles scattered here and there between.  The citadel overlooking Namur was free…

Dinant

The Bayard Rock greeted us as we approached the city of Dinant, Belgium and soon we were “Oo-ing” and “Aah-ing” over the city’s waterfront. Row houses, each unique, lined the Meuse River.  Passenger vessels filled to the brim with tourists (the very same vessels which shared the Ecluse Anseremme with us) motored upstream and downstream.  Kayakers paddled…

Welcome to Belgium!

From the bridge, we overlooked Detour at Givet; our last stop in France.  That evening we strolled the streets of Givet, then settled into the cockpit for a celebratory bottle of French wine as the next day’s travel would bring us into a new country.  Hard to believe we’d crossed an entire country prior to crossing an ocean!…

Dames de Meuse

The town of Laifour was simply, adorable!  I’m certain it was the setting for Belle’s “little town” in Beauty and the Beast. Laifour was also one of our most scenic stops, set in the heart of the Ardennes Mountains.  We moored at a quiet, comfortable halte fluvial (3.50-Euros). Small, stone homes with shuttered windows like these in…

Stenay’s Beer Museum

When choosing which small towns to visit, there are a few priorities to take into consideration; availability of grocery stores, nearby hike/bike paths, and availability of wifi all top that list.  The village of Stenay has one thing going for it that really caught our attention, the Beer Museum!  This was of course in addition…

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…