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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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© David Jefferson

river is 200m across from one bank to the

other. There are numerous shoals, shallows

and manmade submerged training walls to be

avoided, with red and green channel buoys

much in evidence.

Watch out for the dérivations on the Saône.

These are canal sections bypassing parts

of the river that are no longer navigable.

Sometimes a portion of what is being

bypassed can be navigated and provides

a peaceful night’s stop free from the wash

of passing barges. There is still commercial

traffic on the Saône, with pushing tugs

connected to several dumb

barges creating considerable

wash as they speed by at

15kn. When considering the

day’s passage, the crew will

appreciate an itinerary that

makes provision for a quiet

berth for the night, undisturbed

by the wash of passing traffic.

During the season, there is

little current unless, due to

exceptional weather conditions,

the water level is markedly

heightened with local flooding.

If navigating the river early or

late in the year, and you are

concerned about the height/

current, contact direction

interrégionale Rhône-Saône.

Between St-Jean-de-Losne and Lyon, much of

the countryside is rich meadowland dotted with

farmhouses with their distinctive red tiled roofs

associated with the south of France. Arriving in

Mâcon brings you into a famous wine-growing

area. Then the scenery changes to woodland

and cliffs. All along the route, there are plenty

of stopping places including ports de plaisance

in most of the riverside towns. With only 5 locks

to cope with a very modest fall, you can reckon

on 20–25 hours to cover the 170km to Lyon,

unless you are tempted to dawdle awhile and

perhaps explore a short length of the beautiful

Doubs river.

Through the French Canals by David Jefferson is

published by Adlard Coles and out now:

Bloomsbury.com

The Good Life France | 91

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