|. Crossing the 750-meter long Canal-Bridge over the Garonne River just west of Agen. Photo by friend, Maryjane Simpson.
Cruising on the Canal de Garonne
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À BORD d'ACCORD
Septembre 2011 - Page 1
. The Amarok/Accord is OK!
Nancy & Henry - photo by Maryjane Simpson
September 17, 2011 - We're back in France! We rented a
car at the Toulouse airport (one-way) to Agen where we met
our Canadian partners, Harvey and Sue Griggs who prepared a
truly excellent French dinner for us aboard the Amarok/Accord.
On Sunday, Sept 18 we drove to Villeneuve-sur-Lot which
turned out to be a beautiful little town with an 18th-century
Festival in full swing. This is a place we would love to take
our boat, but unfortunately the cross-over to the River Lot is
once again closed due to low water in the Garonne River.
Nancy with our friends and boat partners Sue & Harvey
Griggs on a bridge which crosses the River Lot in
The 18th-century festival in Villeneuve-sur-Lot. Those
tall people were on stilts, their make-up was amazing!
The River Lot in Villeneuve-sur-Lot. The port, where we could dock
our boat - if only we could get there - is to the left behind the bridge.
Monday, Sept 19 - Said Good-bye to Harvey & Sue - who
departed Agen by train. Grilled fresh tuna on our Weber grill.
Tuesday Sept 20 - Picked up our friend, Maryjane Simpson at
the airport in Toulouse - about an hour's drive from Agen.
Bought a new dish rack and, more importantly, a new bicycle!
We now have three good bikes aboard.
Sérignac-sur-Garonne is a lovely stop just west of Agen.
Wed Sept 21 - Nancy & Maryjane went to the open-air market.
12 noon - Dep: Agen
2:30 PM - Arr: Sérignac-sur-Garonne
Docked on bank under "our" big tree.
Dinner on board: Paprika Pork (fr 1-Pot book).
Under "our tree" on the bank in Sérignac-sur-Garonne - a delightful spot!
Morning mist in Sérignac-sur-Garonne. (We've moved to the other side.)
Crossing the 750-meter canal bridge over the Garonne near Agen.
Thur Sept 22 - Moved over to Left Bank - free power and water.
Rode bicycles, 16 km each way, to Buzet-sur-Baïse for lunch.
Dinner at Le Prince Noir, a bit pricier than or norm, but excellent!
A gourmet French sunset dinner on the aft deck.
Fri Sept 23 - Nancy's 62nd birthday!
1:00 PM - Dep: Sérignac-sur-Garonne
3:00 PM - Arr: Agen - tied on Right Bank
Dinner at Café de la Gare at Agen Train Station
Highly recommended, excellent and cheap!
The Locaboat charter boat base in Agen - many Pénichettes here!
La Deuxième Partie
Maryjane enjoying an apéritif on the aft deck.
On our way back to Agen... Nancy & Marijane walked across the canal bridge, Nancy took this photo.
Sat Sept 24 - Stayed in Agen
Replaced ruptured diaphragm
in shower drain sump pump.
Sept 25 - Went to Sun. open-air market
10:45 AM - Dep: Agen
2:00 PM - Lunch stop
3:30 PM - Arr: Valence-d'Agen
Used new chip & PIN card for slip.
Sept 26 - Biked to town of Auvillar
2:30 PM - Dep Valence-d'Agen
3:15 PM - Arr: Pommevic
tied up next to Hotel Barge St. Louis
The town of Espalais as seen from the perched village of Auvillar.
Our crew is now so experienced, they don't even need to stand
up to twist "le baton". Of course Le Capitain was able to put it
right into her hand - and to take this photo at the same time!
The twin towers of the Golfech nuclear plant.
A side view of the 13th century church in Auvillar.
|As this sign
is one of the
Maryjane looking glamorous in the morning sun.
Henry & Nancy walking in the round "square" in Auvillar.
Cafés allongés (large size) in Auvillar. Maryjane photo.
(Check out my oh-so-French Buzet-sur-Baïse shirt.)