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 and 2017, returning to Roanne each winter.
Monday, 7 September 2015
27th - 31st August. Through Génelard and Paryl-le Monial to join the Canal Latéral à la Loire.
Going through the long cutting before Génelard, there is an aluminium barge, sailing along the side wall! It is quite impressive.
This attractive lock was soon after that, with the requisite pile of logs, ready for the winter.
Having crossed this aqueduct just before midday, we had to wait until 1.30 before the lock was open for use again. It is a long lunch hour here!
It is quite an impressive aqueduct over the river Loire, especially when seen from the river down below.
The Loire valley is quite wide here.