It is Bastille day today, Wednesday 14 July, and everthing stops in France so I am taking time to catch up with photos and the blog. We are currently in Montceau-Les-Mines very near the centre of France, great place, very friendly locals and the pretty mooring are in the centre of the town.
In the last week we left Roanne and visited Digion, Paray, Genelard and now Montceau-les-mines.
The boat is working fine now and I am back to being fully fit after an infection brought me down for a few days last week. So all is well.
The weather has been incredible, mostly very hot and sticky with the occasional violent thunderstorms. Today has started a bit cooler it is 9am as I write this and the temperature in the boat is 25c the sky is bright blue and the road sweepers are out clearing the debris from last nights Bastille day celebrations. last night we had a magnificant firework display in the port and we were joined by two fellow boaters from New Zealand and sat on the boat sharing tales, a glass of wine and enjoying the fireworks.
As you know we have been looking for a winter mooring in this area of France for some time now. My own thoughts were that something would emerge, although we were being told by numerous other boaters that we should have secured a place by now if we wanted a decent winter mooring in this area. Undetered we ventured on and the profits of doom seemed to be right when the Capitain in charge of the port of Roanne confirmed that he had no places available. We put in an application form for next year in any event and moved on. Roanne is a good winter or permanent residential place with all the usual tick boxes checked, but for the time being we are in venture mode and not ready yet to fix to a permanent place.
Digion, Paray and Genelard all offered possible winter mooring possibilities but still too many boxes left unticked. Montceau-les-Mines however, is looking very likely. We will explore the place and area in the next few days and make a decision over the weekend, there is a place for us here if we want it which is a good start. In the meantime it is chill out time and planning for the rest of the summers cruising.
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This post was written by Terry Barrett
Photographs by Tes