Monday, 14 August 2017

Left turn at Strasbourg

Strasbourg is as far to the East as we can go and still remain in France, This year the plan has been to stay in French waters. We also have to make our way towards the Marne river, Paris and eventually Migennes where Antiope will sleep for the winter. Simon Evans boatyard has looked after Antiope before, and this winter we need to replace the ageing Teak deck, a job which has been put off for several seasons.

The European parliament building, Strasbourg, just huge.

Old town Strasbourg.

The cellars of Strasbourg hospital house a rare hoard of wine casks dating back to a time when patients could pay for their treatment in produce, and wine was dispensed instead of water.
A rare cask contains wine from 1472, and is reputed to be still drinkable, although a touch acidic.   

The hospital cellars

Wine from 1472

We share the route  out of  Strasbourg with the TGV train to Paris

Saverne, We are climbing int the hills.

Lutzelbourg. and we are high in the Vosges hills

We take the Arzviller lift, up the final 90 metres, 

Avery smooth ride takes only 20 mins, 

The Arzviller lift was completed in 1968 to replace 17 locks which took a full day to work through.

16m deep lock at Rechicourt.,

Once over the summit, we descend towards Nancy, and familiar territory for Antiope. 

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