Anyway, we have been on the Canal Du Centre, and boy, have we seen some weather!
Being a luxurious type of boat, we have an outdoor potty, for when Emma can't quite get indoors quickly enough. It's about 12cm deep and after one 24 hours+ of non-stop rain, it overflowed. That's how much weather we've seen!
|Stephen, between rain storms|
Dodging the rain, we stopped off at the Canal Museum in Ecuisses. There also used to be a tile factory in the village, making polychromatic tiles, so the museum covered that too.
The main part of the museum is housed in an old peniche, and once inside it is truly amazing how much space there is. Of course, it would have nearly all been used for cargo - the cabins and galley were also re-created and were tiny; much smaller than on our own boat.
|Emma playing in the museum garden|
|The Musee in a Peniche.|
|Countryside along the Canal du Centre|
However, going to Spain for the winter is still on the agenda, but not by boat, and not just yet.
Next stop was Paray Le Monial, a place of religious pilgrimage for many. It has 34 convents, apparently, although we only saw one nun. It is a very beautiful town with an amazingly light and airy Church, dating from the 11th/12th century.
|Church at Paray Le Monial|
Next stop - the aforementioned Canal de Roanne a Digion; our winter base.