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18 December 2013

Just put one foot on the deck and the canal holidays ! bug will get you! Part of the fun of a waterways holiday is that you'll get to explore a new route every year and also learn how to handle a different canal boat And here’s a brand-new boat that you're going to love…

The year has got off to an elegant start: from five Locaboat bases in Burgundy (Joigny, Corbigny and Montbard on the Bourgogne Nivernais side; Scey-sur-Saône and Saint-Léger sur Dheune on the Bourgogne Saône side), you can now cruise in style on a yacht!

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16 December 2013

Our friend Jean-François Macaigne tells of the ups and downs of his trip in a canal barge on the Sâone, from Scey to Besançon : recollections and advice from a devotee of France's canals.

At Scey-sur-Saône, a three-cabin canal barge is waiting us. But there are only three of us: a couple of friends have pulled out at the last minute. The canal boat seems almost too big for us. The surface of the water is smooth, everything is calm. The next morning at dawn, just after the lock, we enter the St Albin tunnel, a magical place, shimmering with tints of orange. There then follows a water pathway between two stone walls. We pass by Rupt-sur-Saône, its castle and domed church, so typical of Franche-Comté. We tie up so that we can spend a little time strolling and walking through its steeply-sloping back streets.

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10 December 2013

The Canal du Midi is an event in itself. It has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. The bridges, locks and other engineering works along its route are astonishingly beautiful, as are the landscapes that it passes through. You might also like to know that this region is home to many festivals that will make your cruising holiday even more fun. Because they are conveniently located along the canals, these events are easy to get to by using the many mooring points on the Canal du Midi!