Cruising on rivers, with their large locks is a very different experience from our friendly, rural Nivernais Canal. Huge barges, some as 'pushers' with an extra barge attached to the front, thrust past the Luciole, often leaving us feeling as if we were not cruising at all, but bobbing around at sea.
Photos below, taken by my son, William capture the voyage to the shipyard in the north of Paris.
|On Saturday morning we waved goodbye to passengers of the last cruising week of the season. We cruised through the day, in the Autumn sunshine and moored on the Seine, in the picturesque town of Saint Mammes.|
|The Luciole is seemingly left standing on choppy waters, while overtaken by a powerful freight barge.|
|Nearly loaded. The Juan de Nova sinks deeper into the water as gravel is funnelled into her hull. We passed many gravel pits along the river banks, towards Paris. Water transport is by far the most economical way to carry heavy, bulky loads.|
|Our work goes on too. Tom scrubs the sidedeck whilst we cruise.|
|An unloaded - high out of the water - 'pusher pair' storm on past us. The hull clearly visible, without a cargo to weigh the barge down in the water. On loaded barges you occasionally see river waves lapping over the side decks.|
|Reaching the outskirts or Paris. River route map to hand. A night time mooring a little more elusive!|
| A rare photo of William (usually the photographer) as we cruise beneath the Eiffel Tower. Cloud obscuring the steel work near the top, gives an erie appearance.|
|Days end. Tom and George sit on the side deck, guitar and vocals make for an unusual sound in this industrial landscape of pylons and cranes. Far far away from Burgundy, for now under blue sky, we can only dream of returning home.|