|A few of these shallow draft traditional Loire river boats have been preserved|
During our stay in Nevers we were exited to watch the World Boules championships being played out in front of a live audience of several hundred people.
|A tense moment during the final match televised across France|
|Complete with cheerleaders|
|The round lock at Lorrains|
Not far downstream from Nevers we find this curious round lock. It is no longer in use, but originally it permitted full length barges to swing round and drop down from the canal level to the Loire river, and slip into the flowing river, bow forward.
It is that time of year, when we scour the hedgerows for blackberries.
|Add sugar, boil and bottle|
| Ending up with this lot.|
|Antiope makes an ideal platform for the harvest|
On a rare dull day we crossed high above the Loire on the aqueduct designed with the help of Gustave Eiffel and completed in 1896 to reach Briare. This aqueduct replaced a perilous river crossing involving locking down to the river level winching the barges across and locking back up on the other side.
|We approach the kilometer long aqueduct|
|Safely across, without touching the sides!|
The river today is 1.5m below its normal level, but in times of flood (Crue) the waters have even submerged these locks.
|Flood level markings on the bridge, high above the lock itself|
|Briare and the final lock into the old town basin|
|The old town basin at Briare and part of the old canal system|
We spend a few days in Briare before heading up along the Briare canal towards Paris.