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.


Saturday, 14 July 2018

2nd - 11th July 2018. The Canal des Vosges from Corre to Chaumousey


The river Saone is navigable as far as Corre, then we continue northwards on the Canal des Vosges. Our first stop is at Serre, where the three course lunch at Le Pont Tournant restaurant is not to be missed!


This house at Serre caught Andy's eye when we passed here two years ago, but it is still not for sale!


The Vosges is an extremely attractive canal, with some lovely bright green colours.


The trees just keep on coming.


What a view must be had by this house on top of the hill, overlooking the canal!


Fontenay-le-Chateau is the pick of the old towns on this canal.


This mooring at Pont Tremblant was very pleasant. We turned round to put the bows on to the jetty, but this works fine for us.
This part of the Vosges is a dead zone for the internet, and also for the phone. We climbed up a forest track until we were high enough to find a signal.


All the locks on this section of the canal des Vosges have a rise of about 3 metres. It is quite a reach to put the loop on our rope over the bollard.


It looks even higher from the front of the boat! The square box on top of the pole is the automatic control for the lock.


Shannon copes well with the obstacle course on the roof!


Here Andy is going underneath the canal at Chamoussey. This village is built on both sides of the canal, with several tunnels like this one.


We think that Chamoussey must be in line for the best “Ville fleurie” this year.

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