These are the adventures of Andy and Sally Rawnsley on their narrowboat "The Puzzler". We have been living on the boat for over nine years now and are still loving it. Our Ulster born Shih Tzu, Shannon, has grown up, and has taken over the boat! After three wonderful years in Ireland, we transported The Puzzler to The Netherlands, and spent a year there. In 2015 we went southwards, to reach the north of France by June. After glorious weather throughout the summer, we arrived in Roanne in late October, and enjoyed our winter in this friendly port. We cruised extensively in France in 2016, 2017 and 2018, returning to Roanne each winter.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015
10th - 14th July. Auxonne, Les Maillys, then on to the Rhone to Rhine canal to Dole.
The statue of Napoleon stands beside the Notre Dame church in Auxonne.
We loved these wooden stairs in Auxonne. Look closely to see the small cannons beside the gate too.
It is quite nice to be off the River Saône, and on to the narrower canal, where we can moor anywhere, so long as the water by the bank is deep enough. It is Andy's turn to try and tune the satellite dish for the last day of Wimbledon. Djokavic beat Federer, in case you did not see this.
The Collegiate church of Notre Dame can be seen in the town of Dole, behind the town moorings. Every town has its church, and each one is so different.
Looking up this steep street in the evening light shows the church tower to its best advantage.
There were a few early fireworks and Shannon was not impressed! Once the main display started, she just hid her head and endured it.
The town is full of interesting sloping streets.
This is the triege de la Cordiere, one of several narrow uncovered alleyways to be found in the town.