|Montargis boat festival and on show the traditional Loire river craft|
|In the shade for a rest|
|These costumes must have been very hot in the high 30c temps|
|The Briare aqueduct, always impressive, takes the Briare canal over the Loire river.|
|Below the aqueduct as we cross, the Loire river is very low|
|Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses The seven original staircase locks, replaced in 1830|
|The Briare canal is a popular route for the luxury hotel boats|
|Sancerre a fine wine region|
We climb 10 metres at the impressive Guetin double lock on the Loire lateral canal close to Nevers.
Under clear blue skies some days we have experienced temperatures of 42c while record highs of 46c were recorded in Southern France.
All this dry sunny weather is no good for the canals, Navigation restrictions are being introduced across the French waterway system,
fortunately we are in no hurry.
What has Antiope and this medieval castle got in common ?
|Guedelon castle, 23 years in the making, built entirely medieval tools and methods.|
We took time out, to visit this incredible project, hidden deep in the Morven forest. A no mucking about, full on fortified castle being built from scratch and they working on it, stone by stone. Yes, with regular bits of rock quarried on site and chipped by hand onto shape. Some 23 years ago in the same year as Antiope was launched, this site was a bare clearing in the forest.
|Each stone shaped by hand|
|Flax rope being spun by hand|
|For more info you should look at www.guedelon.fr|
Our plans from here will depend partly on the rain gods. The canals need water and while we do have optional routes and plenty of time, we are staying close to the Burgundy region.