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A Journey on the Canals of Burgundy, France

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The canals of France were constructed from the 1600s-1800s, primarily to transport goods; now the canals have found use as a tourist destination. For six October days, we gently glided at a walking pace through beautiful rolling hills and charming villages, past the occasional fisherman and hiker on the tow path next to the canal.

The journey took us 55 miles (88km) through 17 locks on the Canal Latéral à la Loire and the Canal de Roanne à Digoin, at a speed of about 3 mph (4.8 kph), on the Swan barge. The Swan is owned by a very friendly and delightful couple, Diana and Kellogg, who are both certified pilots. In addition, Diana has a diploma from France's La Varenne Cooking School and prepared beautiful and creative meals that continually amazed us. Kellogg is knowledgeable about wine, and selected the wines to match Diana's cooking.

Each afternoon we would take a day trip, visiting a nearby town, church, abbey, or château; all were interesting and thoroughly enjoyable.

The Swan
The Swan
Along the way
Along the way
Approaching a lock
Approaching a lock
Lockmaster opening valve to fill lock
Lockmaster opening valve to fill lock
Cranking open the front gates
Cranking open the front gates
Charolais cattle in the mist
Charolais cattle in the mist
A typical lunch on the Swan
A typical lunch on the Swan
An abbey along the canal
An abbey along the canal
A damp walk
A damp walk
Brick outhouse
Brick outhouse
The burn
The burn
Hay bale
Hay bale
Two Fishermen
Two Fishermen
Morning web
Morning web
Thinking about it
Thinking about it
Morning mist
Morning mist
Scallops for dinner
Scallops for dinner
Rooftops
Rooftops
On the farm
On the farm
Pigeon house, Château Drée (1620)
Pigeon house, Château Drée (1620)
Tied up for the night
Tied up for the night
A bit of weather
A bit of weather
Diana in the galley
Diana in the galley
Cheval in the mist
Cheval in the mist
Old dock
Old dock
The chair
The chair
A side trip
A side trip
Lunchtime on the Swan
Lunchtime on the Swan
Old house
Old house
Anzy-le-Duc
Anzy-le-Duc
Cloisters at Charlieu
Cloisters at Charlieu
Lockmaster waiting
Lockmaster waiting
Comfortable main cabin on the Swan
Comfortable main cabin on the Swan
A curious cat at the lock
A curious cat at the lock
Company
Company
Old farm
Old farm
The pilot and sommelier, Kellogg
The pilot and sommelier, Kellogg
Peaceful curve
Peaceful curve
Wall and flowers
Wall and flowers
The cheese course
The cheese course
At Charlieu
At Charlieu
A Mona Lisa smile
A Mona Lisa smile
Château Drée
Château Drée
Hidden abbey
Hidden abbey
Rider on the bridge
Rider on the bridge
On the Swan
On the Swan
Cathedral in Paray-le-Monial
Cathedral in Paray-le-Monial
Lockmaster's house
Lockmaster's house
Misty morning
Misty morning
First course at dinner
First course at dinner
The posing native
The posing native
A peaceful discussion
A peaceful discussion
Patio along the canal
Patio along the canal
Empty planters on a bridge
Empty planters on a bridge
Sweeping the yard
Sweeping the yard
Let sleeping cattle lie
Let sleeping cattle lie
Searching for?
Searching for?
Reflections
Reflections
A day's delight
A day's delight
The lock dog
The lock dog
Lock mechanics
Lock mechanics
Utility pole
Utility pole
Vegetable garden and laundry
Vegetable garden and laundry
Taking a rest
Taking a rest
Cemetary
Cemetary
Old boat
Old boat
Rusty hinge
Rusty hinge
The Swan entering a lock
The Swan entering a lock
Old loader
Old loader
Village church
Village church
Charlieu
Charlieu
Heron
Heron
At Château Drée
At Château Drée
Sign
Sign
Old building along the canal
Old building along the canal
Château Drée
Château Drée
Main cabin on the Swan
Main cabin on the Swan
Our hosts Diana and Kellogg, at Château Drée
Our hosts Diana and Kellogg, at Château Drée
At a lock
At a lock
Life is everywhere
Life is everywhere
Restaurant Le St. Louis
Restaurant Le St. Louis
A small village
A small village
How to know which sock?
How to know which sock?
Here we are
Here we are
Climb a tank
Climb a tank
Small dock
Small dock
Approaching a lock
Approaching a lock
Strolling to the lock
Strolling to the lock
Along the canal
Along the canal
Marcigny
Marcigny
Fresh flowers on the Swan
Fresh flowers on the Swan
Village river
Village river
Village drifting by
Village drifting by
Chimneys
Chimneys
Old wall
Old wall
Well, well, well
Well, well, well
Hidden abbey
Hidden abbey
Window
Window
Resting
Resting
Better days
Better days
Post box.
Post box.
Tying up
Tying up
Rake
Rake
To the restaurant
To the restaurant
Old structure along the canal
Old structure along the canal
Business along canal
Business along canal
Start of another meal
Start of another meal
Cute house
Cute house
Canal stroll
Canal stroll
Boat docking
Boat docking
Le Vieux Moulin
Le Vieux Moulin
Small boat
Small boat
Vintage car lamp
Vintage car lamp
Delivery truck
Delivery truck
Ancient well
Ancient well
Pouring the wine for lunch
Pouring the wine for lunch
Village church
Village church
Entering a lock
Entering a lock
Woof
Woof
Fishermen
Fishermen
Along the canal
Along the canal
Kitchen at Château Drée
Kitchen at Château Drée
Approaching the first lock
Approaching the first lock
The Swan
The Swan
Bedroom in Château Drée
Bedroom in Château Drée
A stroll through town
A stroll through town
Old house
Old house
Ruin
Ruin
For the garden
For the garden
Is that a catnip plant?
Is that a catnip plant?
In a lock
In a lock
In church
In church
Out for a stroll
Out for a stroll
Abbey at Anzy le Duc
Abbey at Anzy le Duc
The Swan in a lock
The Swan in a lock
Diversions on board
Diversions on board
Lockmaster at work
Lockmaster at work
Lace window
Lace window
Castle detail
Castle detail
To the abbey
To the abbey
House
House
Church detail
Church detail
Farm
Farm
Out for a stroll
Out for a stroll
Chimney
Chimney
Cornucopia
Cornucopia
Place des Quatre Marmoins
Place des Quatre Marmoins
Boulangerie
Boulangerie
Deep lock
Deep lock
Anyone home?
Anyone home?
Fowl drapes
Fowl drapes
Two poles
Two poles
Towers
Towers
Side trip
Side trip
Lamp
Lamp
Well flowers
Well flowers
Canal house
Canal house
Church
Church
Half-timbered windows
Half-timbered windows
The deepest lock
The deepest lock
Approaching a lock
Approaching a lock
Passing branches
Passing branches
Patissier
Patissier
Green window
Green window
Peaceful
Peaceful
Window decoration
Window decoration
Checking the water level
Checking the water level
Cottage
Cottage
Out for a stroll
Out for a stroll
Strange combination
Strange combination
Old bridge
Old bridge
Wheel barrow
Wheel barrow
Window and lamp
Window and lamp
Place des Quatre Marmoins
Place des Quatre Marmoins
The Swan barge
The Swan barge
First morning on the canal
First morning on the canal
Canal distances
Canal distances
The Swan bow
The Swan bow
House along the canal
House along the canal
Reflections
Reflections
Preparing to leave - the first day
Preparing to leave - the first day
Cheese course after a lunch
Cheese course after a lunch
A dull morning
A dull morning
Bucolic
Bucolic
The morning diary
The morning diary
Canal master house
Canal master house
Next stop?
Next stop?
Slowly....
Slowly....
On the canal
On the canal
At Château Drée
At Château Drée
Afternoon coffee
Afternoon coffee
How the locks work
How the locks work
Stairway to ?
Stairway to ?
The workers
The workers
The green door
The green door
Quiet rue
Quiet rue
Coming through a lock
Coming through a lock
Table on the Swan
Table on the Swan
Cafe
Cafe
A foggy bend
A foggy bend
Fellow traveler
Fellow traveler
Village view
Village view
In the kitchen with Diana
In the kitchen with Diana
Canal on bridge over river below
Canal on bridge over river below
Just floating by
Just floating by
The Swan heading into a lock
The Swan heading into a lock
Fall colors
Fall colors
Passing a small village
Passing a small village
Lunch along the canal
Lunch along the canal
Something
Something
Fellow Traveler
Fellow Traveler
From the deck
From the deck
Leaky lock
Leaky lock
Château Drée
Château Drée
Passing a small village
Passing a small village
A view passing by
A view passing by
Gone shopping
Gone shopping
Village church
Village church
Preparing a meal
Preparing a meal
Half-timbered
Half-timbered
Four Poles
Four Poles
Coming through
Coming through
Nous sommes ici
Nous sommes ici
Along the canal
Along the canal
The Swan
The Swan
Taking a rest at Chateau Dree
Taking a rest at Chateau Dree
The Swan cabin
The Swan cabin
Storage shed
Storage shed
Canal dredge
Canal dredge
Small canal house
Small canal house
Misty sun
Misty sun
Near Avrilly
Near Avrilly
Secluded in the woods
Secluded in the woods
Elaborate lock
Elaborate lock
Passing a small village
Passing a small village
Another Lunch on the Swan
Another Lunch on the Swan
Barge watchers
Barge watchers
Entering a lock
Entering a lock
A small village
A small village
Partially hidden
Partially hidden
Do it yourself
Do it yourself
A vendre
A vendre
A cozy corner of the Swan
A cozy corner of the Swan
Near Avrilly
Near Avrilly
Barn
Barn
Home
Home
Window thing
Window thing
In the mist.
In the mist.
Diana working the lock
Diana working the lock
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The Swan
The Swan