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Interesting Routes south of Paris 11 Feb 2020 02:49 #113766

I would recommend the Bourgone also, but take your time. It is not a pleasure to be rushed. We spent a total of 3 weeks in Dijon without incident - it is a wonderful city.. They have cleaned out the finger pontoons and water and electric were free. Next to us was Esme, looked like your barge, moored stern in. They did not want to leave. Neither did we.
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Interesting Routes south of Paris 10 Feb 2020 11:51 #113728

Personally I'd go either via the Seine/Yonne/Bourgogne or the Seine/Yonne/Nivernais. Depends on your perchant for locks. Not being averse to locks I'd prefer the Yonne/Bourgogne route but stop at Pont D'Ouche and get the bus into Dijon. Dijon town centre is an interesting place to visit, but the port is often choked with weed and the available moorings unserviced, also some security issues at these moorings I believe. Whereas Pont D'Ouche has/had a Capitaine , a bar/restaurant and good serviced moorings. The bus service is good and unbelievably cheap!
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Interesting Routes south of Paris 10 Feb 2020 10:26 #113721

From the Somme I would go Arleux- Cambrai-St Quentin, then Chauny-Reims via Berry au Bac (very quiet, automated locks), then Epernay-Paris on the Marne and choose between Nivernais and Briare from there. No shortage of tunnels along that route! And as the Marne will bring you into Paris you can have fun doing the Canal St Martin too!
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Interesting Routes south of Paris 09 Feb 2020 19:54 #113709

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I haven't done b) so no comment. I've done the others. You forgot Seine, Yonne, Canal du Nivernais, the top of the Canal Lateral de la Loire. Centre.

a1) The Burgundy is by and large very peaceful and bucolic. Lots of locks and few towns of mention. It doesn't have the variety the other two trips have. Digon is the great town if you go this way. Unless bucolic and few restaurants is your thing (it wasn't ours although we have visited Digon several times by train/car), one of the following 2 will win.

a2) The Seine/Yonne/Nivernais, Lateral/Centre is a great and beautiful trip, with lots of towns of mention: Starting at Monterau-faut-Yonne (St Mammes is the mooring before you start the Yonne as Monterau hasn't moorings), Sens (one of our very favourite stops with a terrific market 2x/week, museums and restaurants), Joigny (with a very good market and restaurants), Auxerre (with a very good market 2x, restaurants, department stores, museums, shopping for anything). There are also some very nice smaller towns with good reasons to stop. The Nivernais is not to be missed, many small towns and very bucolic. It ends at Decize, where your trip below stops. The Centre in both cases is very nice and interesting with good stops.

a3) The Seine/Loing, Briare, Lateral a la Loire, Centre is also another great trip with good smaller towns along the way. Moret-sur-Loing (a very nice town restaurants/shopping where Sisley painted with a very professional mooring for a few euros), Nemours is a big, interesting city, Montargis is a favourite town with everything, Briare a good town and the aqueduct it great fun), St Thibault is the mooring to visit Sancerre, Fourchambault is a good-sized town with a very interesting entrance to the mooring, Nevers a big city, then Decize.

I don't know to tell you which is best, they are both great trips.
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Interesting Routes south of Paris 09 Feb 2020 17:58 #113705

Personally I would choose the first option. I think it is a bit more varied.
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Interesting Routes south of Paris 09 Feb 2020 17:54 #113704

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Hi Folks,

Apologies for another one of those tedious 'which way' posts

e thought we'd spend April on the Somme which we ran out of time for last season. The south, probably as far as Dijon before returning north (back down the Meuse if they don't close it again).

There's a number of choices but my question is do I:
(a) go up the Seine and then Yonne/ Bourgonne (or Loing/Briare/Lateral/Centre), or
(b) go via Reims and Champagne/et Bourgonne

We went through Paris last season so it neither worries me nor is a must-do for this year. But it's very nice!

Opinions welcome

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