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…

VNF

The French Waterways are beautifully maintained; however the Voies Navigables de France (VNF) does not maintain canals and locks out of the goodness of their hearts.  A portion of the funding for the canals comes from pleasure boat licenses.  A pleasure boat license may be acquired at any VNF office, or very easily online at…

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…