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 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…

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…

The Hotel Dieu

We first visited a Hotel Dieu during our stopover in Belleville, as we travelled through Burgundy we visited several of these interesting historical sites.  In Belleville the interior of the Hotel Dieu was immaculately clean and the decor stunning, however this is not the type of hotel we’d choose for an overnight stay.  The first…

Settling Onto the Saone

Motoring upstream on the Saone River, settling into a new pace was a bit of a challenge from our usual get-up-and-go-non-stop travel routine.  The Saone was certainly not holding us back; the opposing current was now only 0.5-1 knots. But there were suddenly so many small towns in which to stop!  We had the joy of moving…

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…