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…

les Halles – Avignon’s Daily Marketplace

It’s springtime in France, and even at the largest supermarkets the produce is fresh!  So fresh, so ripe, that everything must be eaten within days or it spoils.  The strawberries, especially those produced locally, have been as sweet as candy!  Delicious tomatoes, artichokes, eggplants, greens, asparagus, radishes, herbs…  We’ve treated ourselves to plentiful salads for lunch…

Simple Pleasures

I rolled out of bed on a dreary, cool morning and quickly dressed to avoid the chill.  I’d started a pot of coffee, then added the day’s date to Detour‘s log book to begin a new trip.  Brian had meandered out of the v-berth, dressed in layers with his winter cap, he headed toward the aft closet to…

Ecluse de Beaucaire to Vallabregues Halte Fluviale

Continuing upstream on the Rhone River, we approached the town of Tarascon at kilometer marker 270 (PK270).  River traffic remained light and we proceeded beneath the first of a series of three bridges.   Jean Morlot’s Carto-Guide Fluvial (published by Vagnon) for Le Rhone forewarned us to anticipate strong current between the next two bridges at Tarascon.  Additionally, log…

Arles from the Riverside

At kilometer 284 (PK284) along the Rhone, we approach the city of Arles.  Presently, there are no available pontoons or quays for pleasure craft on which to stop and secure for a visit into the city.  The riverfront is under construction.  So we took in the views as we passed through.  Below, the Barriol Shipyard no longer offers a…

The Mighty Rhone River

It was 6:00 AM; I can’t even remember the last time we’d witnessed this time of day. Midnight blue highlighted the horizon line, the morning sky above remained black. According to the European Waterways Regulations, pleasure craft are not to allowed to navigate in the dark.  We did not have far to travel prior to sunrise at…