People we have met at the Marina in Chalon sur Saone

After six weeks in Chalon we have settled in well and have met most of our neighbours French, English and Swiss. There is great community spirit amongst boaters. Continue reading

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A visit to Sarlat

Last week we went to visit Sarlat. The reason for the visit was that a friend owns a holiday home there and he offered us the use of it. In our free and easy Gap Year lifestyle, it was an opportunity for us to try something else, up in the mountains and far away from rivers. So off we went. Continue reading

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Tuesday 11th November was a public holiday in France

We knew it was a bank holiday but did not know why. We were on the boat, when at about 10.30am, I heard the sound of a marching band. I looked up and I could see people with flags marching along the Quay wall in the town. Continue reading

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River Saone in Flood- Water rises two meters!

We left on Monday to visit Sarlat for three days. We were amazed to return to Chalon to find the Saone River in flood and a lot of the ground around the Marina was under water. Continue reading

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Has anyone heard of Prosper Mérimée (1803- 1870) or André Malraux (1901-1976)? Well I for one owe them a deep sense of gratitude.

Nuala and I have had a great time exploring France visiting cities and historic buildings. In various guide books when visiting places , credit for saving a particular building or town has been given to either of these two men. Continue reading

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Chalon sur Saone- The dream took a bit of a battering this week.

We have been delighted with our winter moorings in Chalon but on Friday and Saturday we got a reality check. Continue reading

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Reims – a city of history

Recently on return trip from Ireland we stop at Reims. We always wanted to see it as many boaters had told us it was a beautiful and interesting city. They were right. Continue reading

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Visit to boat by Grand children and finding out about Bla Bla Car

The day after we arrived back from Ireland my daughter Louise, Son in Law Jo and my grandchildren Eve and Eamon came to stay a few days. From Jo we learned about Bla Bla Car. Continue reading

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Recent Return Visit to Ireland

Having never lived abroad, it’s a new experience for Nuala and I, to return home for holidays. I wonder if we are experiencing the same feelings that emigrants, coming home on holidays feel too. Also you notice different things about Ireland. Continue reading

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Back in Chalon !

We are back in Chalon after returning from Ireland by car using the fast ferry and Channel Tunnel. As we were bringing Nuala’s car back to the boat, it was a chance to travel through the Channel Tunnel which we have always wanted to experience. Continue reading

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