Following the Saone and Rhone Rivers to the Mediterranean

Nuala sur La Pont d' Avignon

Nuala sur La Pont d’ Avignon

Nuala and I decided before we leave France that we would drive by car along the rivers and follow them to the sea. We have now reached Fos- sur- Mer and the sea. Continue reading

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Our social life in Chalon- is wonderful.

Marie Ange, Thierry and Nuala with starters

Marie Ange, Thierry and Nuala with starters

Last Friday our boat neighbour Thierry and his partner Marie Ange invited us to dinner on their boat. What a Burgundy feast! Continue reading

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Festival of Saint Vincent Tournante – Festival and Wine and Burgundy Culture.

all ready with our wine glasses

all ready with our wine glasses

Our boat neighbours,  Thierry and Marie Ange offered to bring us to this annual festival, giving thanks to Saint Vincent the patron saint of wine. The festival started in 1938 and it is held in different towns each year. In 2015 it was the towns of Gilly-les-Cíteaux & Vougeot, turn to host it. We were amazed at what we saw and experienced. Continue reading

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Visit to Autun – an ancient Roman City

The Amphitheatre- the largest in the Western Roman World

The Amphitheatre- the largest in the Western Roman World

Silhouette, Roger’s barge was in the shipyard in St Jean de Losne. As the repairs were completed, he asked us could we bring him and Elham to St Jean so they could bring the boat back to Chalon.  We used the trip to St Jean de Losne as an opportunity to visit the ancient Roman city of Autun. Continue reading

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Why reading the Sunday papers depresses me

Je Suis Charlie signs outside the Hotel De Ville in dijon this week

Je Suis Charlie signs outside the Hotel De Ville in Dijon this week

Living in Chalon, it’s difficult and expensive to find newspapers in English so I signed up to get the Sunday Times on line. After reading my first edition last Sunday I felt depressed. Why? Continue reading

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Visit to Dijon City Capital of Cote –d’Or

Nuala and Marc follow the Owl Trail -brass plates in the pavement

Nuala and Marc follow the Owl Trail-brass plates in the pavement

When Marc was here we made a return visit to Dijon, 70km and one hour away from Chalon. Cote d’Or and its capital Dijon, was home to the Dukes of Burgundy from the early 11th until the late 15th century.

Dijon was a place of tremendous wealth and power and one of the great European centres of art, learning, and science. Of course, it is also famous for its mustard. Continue reading

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Weather in Chalon Sur Saone

Adrian and Marc on the deck in sunny weather yesterday

Adrian and Marc on the deck in sunny weather yesterday

Living on a boat for the winter in the middle of France had us worried at the start, but it’s turned out to be a very mild winter here in Chalon Sur Saone. At home in Ireland this week it has snowed along the west coast – a rare event. What is happening to our weather? Continue reading

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Return Visit to Lyon City to collect Marc

Museum of Miniatures and Cinema

Museum of Miniatures and Cinema

My son Marc arrived in Lyon Airport yesterday to come and stay with us. Lyon City is 128km (about an hour and a half by car) away from Chalon Sur Saone. Nuala and I set of early in the day with a plan to revisit the Museum of Miniatures and Cinema, and then Lyon Zoo before going to the airport for 3.30pm to collect Marc. Continue reading

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Trip on an 84 -year old Barge Silhouette to Saint Jean du Losne- I could not resist

Adrian at the helm

Adrian at the helm

Rodger Collins had to take his barge Silhouette to St Jean du Losne for repairs and I could not resist asking him if I could come with him. So I signed on as temporary deck hand. Continue reading

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Hi Ho Hi Ho- It’s off to work we go!

Adrian working at a Topaz Promotional Stand

Adrian working at a Topaz Promotional Stand

We have only five weeks left on the boat before we return home for good.  We have had a great adventure and year off. The year has flown and now it’s back to reality so I spent this week polishing up my C.V. and starting to look for a job.

I know all of you at home working away every day are saying “Pity about them”! Adrian and Nuala have had a great year, while we have been slaving away here. Continue reading

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