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Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

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Cruising the Rhône

France is criss-crossed by a network of 100 canals and rivers totalling thousands of miles.

David Jefferson’s book Through the French Canals features the main waterways of France

and in this extract, he explores the mighty river Rhône, the second longest in France and the

Saône river…

The Rhône

The Rhône is fed by several navigable

canalised rivers including, to the north of

Lyon, the Saône with the Petite Saône and

the southern arm of the Canal du Rhône

au Rhin and, just a few kilometres from the

Mediterranean, the Petite Rhône and the

Rhône à Séte Canal. This will be of interest to

anyone considering moving their boat down to

the Mediterranean by the waterways because

ultimately the choice is limited to navigating

the Rhône or a seaward passage down the

Bay of Biscay and taking the Canal des Deux

Mers. The Rhône is the more popular choice.

Particularly for smaller craft, the Rhône

comes as something of a challenge after days

spent progressing at a leisurely walking pace

along the Bourgogne or Bourbonnais routes,

stopping for lunch and mooring up in the early

evening near a promising restaurant. In the

space of a few days, the skipper is suddenly

having to cope with a strong current and pay

some attention to the weather as the boat

is piloted down the broad waters of the fastmoving

Rhône, sweeping her towards the giant

locks that are a feature of the waterway. The

rivers that feed into the Rhône are peaceful

enough during the summer months. There is

little current to cope with on the Saône, which

is particularly popular with those who choose

to charter boats on the French waterways.

Those who are bringing their boats through

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