September 2018 - Page 1
Canal Cruise in Brittany
At a lock near Malestroit, FRANCE
The whole crew aboard our Pénichette 1180FB on the Canal de Nantes à Brest in Brittany, France
As we did last fall, we chartered a Locaboat Pénichette in France -
this time in Brittany, a part of France we had never seen. Joining us
on this adventure were our friends, and former PDQ owners, Paul
and Ann Gooding. We set off from the base in Saint-Martin-sur-Oust
on a 10-day, one-way trip to Melesse, Locaboat's other Brittany.base.
Bay of Biscay
Heading out from St-Martin-sur-Oust. Paul Gooding at the helm.
Happy to have inside steering in the cool, drizzly weather.
Waterways map of Brittany. Our route - from the Locaboat base in
St-Martin-sur-Oust to Melesse - is highlighted in yellow. We first
headed out to Malestroit, then came back past St-Martin to La Gacilly.
Ann Gooding and Nancy (Chandler) on the bow.
Paul driving into a lock. I often hopped off to help with
the manually-operated lock gates - and to take photos!
In the colorful, but rainy, town of Malestroit - our first night out.
A wedding, in the rain, in downtown Malestroit. The bride and groom are heading
out in a classic, 40-year-old Citroën!
Half-timbered houses in Malestroit - typical of this region.
The boat tie-up on the River Oust - part of the Canal de Nantes à Brest - in Malestroit.
A cute young lock-keeper talking to Paul. (She took the photo at top of the page.)
Cruising on the canalized Oust - part of the Canal de Nantes à Brest - near Saint-Martin.
View out the salon window from our slip in La Gacilly.
The very cute village of La Gacilly - at the end of the navigable section of the river Aff.
Nancy on a very flowery street in La Gacilly.
Ann documenting our scenic passage out of La Gacilly.
Along the very narrow river Aff leaving La Gacilly.
Rosé apéritif at our overnight stop in Fouy - just north of Redon.
Passing through the town of Redon as we head north on the river Vilaine.
Paul and Ann on the flybridge - on the river Vilaine.
An impressive arched bridge for the train - over the Vilaine.
Nancy at the helm - a rare sight!
Transiting a turbulent lock - approaching Pont Réan.
We used our auto GPS on the boat - just for fun.