Boating in France with John and Irene
Home - The dream
Cruising the canals and rivers in france, and other trips we have done.
- 2004 England to France
- 2005 Paris to Carcassonne
- 2006 Carcassonne to Bordeaux
- 2007 Carcassonne to the Camargue
- 2008 Carcassonne to the Lot River
- 2009 Cruising the South of France
- 2010 Cruising South West France
CEVNI : Signs and Marking for European Waterways
Here is an overview of the waterway sign, signals and markings for the canals and rivers in France as found in the CEVNI (Code Européen des Voies de la Navigation Intérieure), European Code for Interior Navigation. cevni signs
Canal du Midi History
The Canal du Midi has not always gone through Carcassonne port but followed the Fresquel river. Canal du Midi history
The new owners of Moet-Chandon
Moet Chandon continues to travel the French water ways with her new owners. We hope this dream life aboard Moet continues for them, 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.
Living on our boat in France
Cruising Garonne canal and Baïse river August 2010
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.
Boating in France, a new life style
Cruising Moissac and Tarn River October 2009
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!
Cruising Toulouse to Moissac August 2009
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.
We feel very lucky indeed...
"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