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Up the French Canals
Life in the French Canals

First priority was to drop our mast, then buy seven additional fenders from a British boat who had just completed their canal transit.

Sea Star in canal mode with first Rhone lockbridge in background,Port St. Louis

 watching water jousters practice

 for water festival outside Port St. Louis

 a small circus visited Port St. Louis while we prepared for the canals

Our first stop on the Rhone was the city of Arles, immortalized by Van Gogh.

 the 2000-year-old amphitheatre in Arles was setting up for the bullfights

before the corrida the bulls are run through the streets

horses slow the bull so participants can grab the bull

After a fierce rainstorm, the level of the river rose 90 cm overnight, so we waited a day for the current and debris to lessen before we headed upstream.

the big doors closing on a Rhone lock

British friends tied to the floating bollard

 in one large lock we rose 20 meters in 7 minutes

the famous Pont D'Avignon

a tourist boat exiting a Rhone lock

some mornings we had to wait for the mist to lift from the river

nuclear plants

different plants...grapes in the Charpoutier vineyard,Tain l'Hermitage

evening in Tournon

cruising through downtown Lyon

weaponry display in Trevoux

downtown Chalone Sur Saone

the marina in Chalone Sur Saone

Gergy WW2 monument

Verdun Sur Le Doubs

cruising up the Saone on a September morn

canal traffic