Boating in France with John and Irene
|Last updated 2015-03-31|
Our friends Ursula & Mike have decided to put their beloved boat "Bon Adventure" up for sale.
"Bon Adventure" is a former "IJsselmeer Kotter",
built in 1936 by Stroobosch shipyard in Holland.
Dimensions : 15.00m x 3.00m x 0.95m
Our boat is moored in Castelsarrasin (82100)
in France on the Canal de Garonne.
Moet Chandon continues to travel the French water ways with her new owners Warren & Bernie Starbuck (their last boat Ali M) and Barry & Pam Turner. We hope this dream life aboard Moet continues for both couples, we wish you all every happiness.
We enjoyed good moorings in all the ports while cruising from Moissac to Buzet and back on the Canal de Garonne.
The Canal du Midi is like a fine wine you take it in slowly, taste and sample every village as you cruise discover as much as you can along the way.
Rosa Barge Cruises in France - Luxury hotel barge cruises in the Gascony Bordeaux region on the Canal de Garonne in Southwest France.
Our web site is intended to help us keep in touch with family and friends whilst living aboard our boat "Moët Chandon".
We never tire of the different landscape here in the South of France, the different medieval villages also the wonderful Mediterranean light which draws me out of the boat time and time again to photograph and capture the moment, especially when sharing it with family or friends for the first time that is always a bonus for John and I.
The scenery is so varied and impressive especially the medieval villages, the wonderful Gorge's we visit, and the patchwork of vines seen here just outside Carcassonne all are typical of the Languedoc we love this area ~ hence it is now our third winter here in the port of Carcassonne. Many friends we have made who are living in this area. House hunting might be on our agenda.
Lots of walking and exercise for our creaking bones (those damned locks can be so hard at times, but we do love them). We enjoy lots more fresh air and we are constantly meeting other boaters. We have time to stop, just chat and exchange ideas, give support to each other.
It's also nice to spend more time with family and friends (though still never enough time). We now have time for US! It's a time to discover what we both want for this next phase of our lives.
We hate packing and unpacking when traveling and we have done a great deal of traveling over the years. We are learning to live with less baggage, so buying a boat seemed a good solution, our home comes with us... and we can move on when we are ready to!
The French waterways are divided in 7 basins. Check out the new maps for the Canals and rivers in France.
Handy telephone numbers for the French canal and river services ordered by basin / region.
Irene's 60th - friends and family in Moissac
Renovating our house in Moissac (2010 - 2011)
Adelaide South Australia - December 2009
Albany Western Australia Coast - December 2009
Perth Western Australia - November 2009
Visiting Hong Kong trip - November 2009
Cruising to Moissac and River Tarn - October 2009
Cruising Canal de Garonne - September 2009
Visiting Lourdes in the Pyrenees - September 2009
Cruising from Toulouse to Moissac - August 2009
Cruising from Etang de Thau to Toulouse - July 2009
CEVNI - Signs and Marking for European Waterways (Code Européen des Voies de la Navigation Intérieure).
Canal du Midi history - Did you know that the Canal du Midi has not always gone through Carcassonne !!!
Canals and rivers in France - Information about the rivers and canals in France : distance, locks and dimensions, height under the lowest bridge and draught.
Peter has started a mailing list, to facilitate the transfer of information between boaters cruising the Canal du Rhone à Sete, Canal du Midi and Canal de Garonne. If you want to be on the list, go to : http://groups.yahoo.com/group/can2mers/ and click the subscribe button.
See some of my photos on flickr.
The high maintenance of the boat keeps us busy. Moet Chandon keeps us on our toes and there's never a dull moment with her. It thrills us that our children share our passion for the Moet and want to join us when they can, which is a wonderful bonus.
Thanks for dropping in, we hope you enjoy joining us as we cruise France to discover new and exciting things. Hopefully it will be a way for you to see where we're at and what we're up to. You never know you might want to come and join us for some time out, our kettle is always on.
"Throw your dream's into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country." - Annais Nin