Monthly Archives: January 2015

Following the Saone and Rhone Rivers to the Mediterranean

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. Advertisements

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Our social life in Chalon- is wonderful.

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

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

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 … Continue reading

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Visit to Autun – an ancient Roman City

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 … Continue reading

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Why reading the Sunday papers depresses me

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?

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Visit to Dijon City Capital of Cote –d’Or

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 … Continue reading

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Weather in Chalon Sur Saone

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 … Continue reading

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Return Visit to Lyon City to collect Marc

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 … Continue reading

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

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.

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Hi Ho Hi Ho- It’s off to work we go!

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 … Continue reading

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