Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Stop me if you heard this one before

It won't do any good, though. I'll keep going. Ken posted some of his photos from this day already, so if you read his blog, you've already seen this place. It's not far from our house at a spot where the Sauldre River joins the Cher. The now defunct Canal de Berry runs along the right bank of the Cher between Saint-Aignan and Montluçon for about 320 kilometers. In places it encounters other tributaries and must cross them.

Friends Conor, Phil, and Julia join Ken to look at one of the canal barges.

This is one of those places. The canal flows over the Sauldre on a bridge. Pretty cool, eh? These days people can rent old canal barges (motorized) and spend the day on a section of the canal. I'm not sure how far you can take a boat in either direction as there are some places where the canal has been filled in.

The canal crosses the river in this narrow channeled bridge.

On this day we saw two boats tied up on the banks, their occupants enjoying picnic lunches. One of the parties finished their lunch while we were there and drove their boat over the bridge. I was under the bridge when it happened, so I didn't get photos of that.

The Sauldre River flows under the canal bridge on its way to meet the Cher.

I went to Google maps and captured an aerial view of this place. In the image below, the Cher River is on the bottom, flowing from right to left. The smaller Sauldre River joins the Cher and just upstream from the confluence you can see the canal bridge crossing.

Image from Google Maps.


  1. Nope, I haven't heard this before. And I love the photos.
    Hope all is well!

  2. Doing a canal boat trip either England or France remains an elusive goal for Fritz and me. There is also an Erie Canal canal boat rental service we've considered that gives you a boat that sleeps either four or six and has a galley kitchen. The idea of leisurely exploration of the countryside is very appealing.

  3. Always great to see these old canal bridges with the "sidewalk" for the donkeys/horses that were traditionally used to pull the "péniches".
    Merci for those great pictures and the aerial view!

  4. We're looking into the one day rental of one of these boats in September. The round trip is 2 days from Noyers-sur-Cher to Selles-sur-Cher and back. The prices are very reasonable.
    Prenez la barre!
    Here's a link to all the info one needs:


  5. Anything to do with canals gets me all giddy. Loved the photos.

  6. You live in an amazingly beautiful and interesting place!

  7. oooh! I love the idea of a canal trip.

  8. I have yet to see a billboard or litter on the ground in any of your pictures. That's how I can tell you're not taking these pictures in the good old US of A. Beautiful pictures Walt.

  9. Thanks for the shots. The overhead view helps me picture the way it all works. Cool!

  10. The canal is amazing. I was going to ask if the barge was motorized or still pulled by rope. Cool! :)

  11. @Judy: There's a wonderful canal trip in Paris. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g187147-d188461-Reviews-Canal_St_Martin-Paris_Ile_de_France.html

  12. mark, all is well.

    will, the Erie Canal trip sound interesting. The Mohawk Valley is beautiful.

    jon, and now we can walk on them too!

    dean, thanks for the link. Sounds like fun!

    craig, with the possible exception of a root canal?

    kristi, there's always more to explore!

    judy, there are lots of them to choose from in France.

    ron, well, that exists here, too, but not to the same extent.

    ginny, yeah, it's hard to imagine until you see it.

    writer, I suppose they used to be pulled by rope back in the early days. But the barges are motorized now.

    cheryl, thanks. Didn't you do that one year? I can't remember.


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