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.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

4th - 5th October 2016. Continuing with John and Brigitte on the Canal des Vosges to Fontenay-le-Château and Selles, then on to Corre.

The Canal des Vosges continues to delight us.

At Fontenay-le-Château the streets are all cobbled.
There are sayings like these throughout the town. Roughly translated, these two say “Laughter is a tranquilliser without secondary effects” and “Creativity allows everyone to make mistakes. The skill is in knowing which ones to save”. If I am wrong here, please let me know!

From the bridge over the River Coney, the old castle can be seen up above the town.

There is not a great deal to see on the site of the castle!

However, Andy found an old catapult, from long ago.

The war memorial is close to the church.

Inside, the altar is unusual, being oval in shape.

The pulpit too is unusual, being carved out of stone.

The font too is very old, with 18th century carved figures on the shelf to the right.

A rocky cutting leads us out of Fontenay.

The bridge by the lock has a beautiful floral display.

There are some stunning houses overlooking the canal in this area.

However, with an ivy cover like this, your view must be limited! The red creeper is to be seen a lot, and really adds colour at this time of year.

Shannon has found all this sightseeing hard work. Where better to sleep than on top of the anchor?

She does not mind where she sleeps.

This was Andy's favourite canalside property! Beyond is the restaurant in Selles, which we would definitely recommend that you visit.
On the Canal des Vosges most of the lock cottages are inhabited, which is good to see. We have had a great week with John and Brigitte, who leave us at Corre.

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