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…

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…

Our First Road Trip Is Detoured!

Brian and I had decided to add a little adventure to our daily boatyard routine; we’d planned a road trip!  It was an exciting morning at the apartment on the day of our departure; we’d packed a duffel bag, downloaded maps onto the iPad, and armed ourselves with unhealthy snacks.  We hopped into the Panda…