The record of our 2014 journey on River Pipit from Paris, starting in May, can be found at http://www.billandgenevieve.com, the blog site we have used since 2008. We are changing from IWeb to WordPress with this first entry, picking up our cruise where the old site left off.
We move with purpose from place to place, stopping in villages with unheralded names – Foulain, Chaumont, Froncles, Joinville – heading for our final and most heralded of cruising destinations, Paris. Long before the boating season is actually over and well before the winter sets in, we are ready to stop. At least our bodies are crying out to stop!!!
I cannot always identify the differences between our ports of call without looking at date stamped photographs, nor can I always describe the interesting sites we find as the days and places all tend to blur together on this peaceful canal.
Gathering golden sweet mirabelles, firm wild pears and purple plums swollen with their juicy meat at each lock stop; making a compote, or tart or confiture daily from the bountiful fruit; sitting on our back decks in the setting sunshine sharing our dinner meals – these are the pleasures that marked each day.
We continued on our tandem journey with Chat Lune for a month from St Jean de Losne to Meaux, the pick-up point to meet friends from home and for the 2 day cruise to Paris. Collaborating on dinners every night, experimenting with new recipes and only cooking every other day has made the trip more delicious, and more fun. Sharing the company of these friends, kind and helpful people made the bucolic Canal de Champagne á Bourgogne a more interesting journey.
And not to mention easier. With Chat Lune leading the way, the locks were always open . . . Captain Guy’s philosophy is to share love and to share knowledge enthusiastically and freely. What better purpose to have? Both he and Marleen practice that and all are the better for for it!
Along with the endless fields, cows in the meadows, lush woods just beginning to change into their golden autumn glow, this canal has signs of industrial life. We did not see more than a few commercial barges while cruising north on the the Champagne á Bourgogne (August is not much of a working month afterall), but the silos, cranes and quais exist.