These are the adventures of Andy and Sally Rawnsley on their narrowboat "The Puzzler". We have been living on the boat for over eight 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, returning to Roanne for a second winter.


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

22nd - 24th July. On along the River Doubs navigation to Besançon.


Shannon enjoys being a figurehead, on top of the cratch, at the front of The Puzzler.
Good weather continues, and swimming is a daily activity, when we are on the river, rather than the canal sections. We are very pleased with our new swimming ladder, which we hang into the water at the back of the boat.


This rugged open weir is on the approach to Velotte lock. The Puzzler has just entered the lock cut.


Just round the next corner, the citadel of Besançon towers on the cliff ahead of us.

We moored, and then climbed up to the citadel. I should have counted the steps! The Puzzler, far below, is marked by the red arrow.


The citadel has a moat to protect the inner part. There are apes in the moat, so do not go there!
Within Besançon Citadel are various museums. The special exhibition about Germaine Tillion was in the Museum of French Resistance and Deportation. She lived from 1907 until 2008, and was an anthropologist who specialised in Algeria, taking an extensive range of photos there. She was involved in the Resistance, and was a prisoner of war at Ravensbruk.
Within the Citadel there is an insectarium, with small amphibians too, an aquarium and a children's farm, as well as these flamingos, with one young one. The red ibis is rather outnumbered.


Round the next corner, to our surprise, was the lions enclosure, with a single tiger further on.


Leaving Besançon to follow the meander round the town, the citadel dominates the skyline behind us.

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