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.
Friday, 6 May 2016
2nd - 4th May 2016. On to Dijon for a town visit. Next we travel on along the Canal De Bourgogne to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche.
Shannon and I walked on to lock 68 in the morning. It is nice to see The Puzzler from the towpath for a change!
In Dijon we went behind the island to moor in the park. We expected to have to pay for mooring here, but no-one came to ask us, so we kept our heads down.
On our first afternoon in town we visited the Roman Catholic cathedral of Notre Dame de Dijon. It was built between 1220 and 1240 on the site of an 11th Century chapel. The front façade is unique in French Architecture, as the rectangular surface has no buttresses and is enhanced by many false gargoyles.
Next morning it was off to see the Cathedral of St Beningus, which was rebuilt between 1280 and 1314, on the site of a former Romanesque basilica.
We found this mini Arc de Triomphe in Place Darcy, but it is not mentioned anywhere.
This interesting building was to be found facing Grangier Place.
Maison Maillard was built for Jean Maillard, who was the mayor of Dijon in 1560. It has a fascinating façade.
Having had our spot of culture, we headed out of Dijon, passing the technical college on our way.
This crocodile guarded his part of town from any passing boats. We kept going!
This is to show that Sally does occasionally take the tiller! The sides of the valley are quite close to the canal here at Crucifix rock.
Sadly we did not see any trains passing on the Viaduct de Fain. There are plenty of cyclists about though.
We moored above lock 42 in Fleury-sur-Ouche, in front of Calypso, another English cruiser. It was a lovely evening for a walk.
The valley of the river Ouche is opening out now, though the wooded hills are not too far away. This stand of trees has a serious attack of mistletoe to contend with.
We carried on, and on, through the woods, but met a nice lady who reassured us that we would eventually rejoin the canal. Shannon was getting quite thirsty, so this waterfall was a welcome find. She enjoyed a swim too.
We found the canal again at St Victor-sur-Ouche, by lock 29, so we were then about 3 kilometres from The Puzzler. It was a really good walk, if a little long!