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Cruising French Waterways first appeared in 1984 and has rapidly become the leading descriptive guide to the astonishingly varied network of rivers and canals that penetrate almost every region of France. Winner of the Thomas Cook Guide Book Award, it is full of fascinating information on the development and commercial activities of each area, as well as the historical sites, important buildings and scenic attractions of the many villages and towns that await discovery by water. Practical details of over 5000 ...
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Overview

Cruising French Waterways first appeared in 1984 and has rapidly become the leading descriptive guide to the astonishingly varied network of rivers and canals that penetrate almost every region of France. Winner of the Thomas Cook Guide Book Award, it is full of fascinating information on the development and commercial activities of each area, as well as the historical sites, important buildings and scenic attractions of the many villages and towns that await discovery by water. Practical details of over 5000 miles of waterways include: Maps and guides available for each waterway, Maximum craft dimensions, Bankside facilities, moorings and repair yards, Fuel and water sources, Shops and restaurants, Waterways museums and sites of special interest to inland boating enthusiasts, Wine regions

Beautifully illustrated by the author, this fully revised and updated fourth edition covers all the recently restored routes and explains requirements for licenses and personal qualifications.

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Winner of the Thomas Cook guide Book Award, the new edition of this volume (first published in 1984) is organized by region and covers the history and commercial activities, historical sites, chateaux, scenic attractions, local customs, landscape and, of course, the safety and conditions of the canals of the entire network of the inland waterways of France. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574090871
  • Publisher: Sheridan House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/10/2000
  • Series: Cruising Guides Series
  • Edition description: 3rd Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword iii
Maps
Canals and Rivers of France vi
Nord, Pas-de-Calais and Belgian Connections 19
Paris Canals 68
Canal du Rhone au Rhin (Strasbourg section) 110
Strasbourg Waterways 115
River Sevre Niortaise 222
Canal Transaquitain 233
Access to Mediterranean Beaches 261
Introduction 1
Afloat in France 4
Choosing a Boat 7
Craft Dimensions 11
Hire Craft, Hotel Boats and Passenger Vessels 13
Waterways Museums 13
I Pas-de-Calais, Somme, and the North 17
1 La Liaison au Grand Gabarit - Dunkerque to Belgium via Valenciennes 17
2 Canal de Calais 24
3 River Aa 26
4 River Lys 26
5 Canal de la Deule 27
6 Canal de Roubaix 28
7 River Scarpe 29
8 Canal du Nord 30
9 Canal de la Somme 31
10 Canal de St-Quentin 37
11 Canal de la Sambre a l'Oise 42
12 River Sambre 44
II Seine and Champagne 46
13 River Seine 46
14 Canal Lateral a la Marne 61
15 River Marne 62
16 Paris: Canals St-Martin, St-Denis, and de l'Ourcq 67
17 Canal Lateral a l'Oise and River Oise 74
18 River Aisne and Canal Lateral a l'Aisne 78
19 Canal des Ardennes 81
20 Canal de l'Oise a l'Aisne 84
21 Canal de l'Aisne a la Marne 86
III Franche Comte, Alsace, Lorraine and the Ardennes 88
22 Canal de l'Est (Branche Sud) 88
23 River Meuse (Canal de l'Est - Branche Nord) 93
24 Canal du Rhone au Rhin 102
25 River Rhine and Grand Canal d'Alsace 111
26 River Ill and Strasbourg 114
27 Canal de la Marne au Rhin 117
28 Canal des Houilleres de la Sarre and River Sarre 125
29 River Moselle 127
IV Brittany and the Loire Country 134
30 River Rance 134
31 Canal d'Ille et Rance 134
32 River Vilaine 138
33 Canal de Nantes a Brest 142
34 Canal du Blavet 149
35 River Loire 151
36 Rivers Maine and Mayenne 158
37 River Oudon 162
38 River Sarthe 163
V Burgundy and Bourbonnais 166
39 Canal du Loing 166
40 Canal de Briare 170
41 Canal Lateral a la Loire 172
42 Canal de Roanne a Digoin 178
43 Canal du Centre 179
44 River Cher and Canal de Berry 181
45 River Yonne 184
46 Canal du Nivernais 188
47 Canal de Bourgogne 194
48 River Saone 202
49 Canal de la Marne a la Saone 214
50 River Seille 218
VI The Atlantic Coast 221
51 River Sevre-Niortaise 221
52 River Charente 225
53 River Dordogne 231
54 Canal Transaquitain 232
55 River Adour and Adjoining Waterways 233
VIII The Rhone Valley, Gascony and Languedoc 234
56 River Rhone 234
57 Petit Rhone 243
58 River Garonne 244
59 Canal Lateral a la Garonne 246
60 River Lot 250
61 River Baise 256
62 Canal du Midi 259
63 Etang de Thau 275
64 Canal du Rhone a Sete 277
Appendices 283
Guides and Maps 283
General Reading 284
Periodicals 284
Bibliography 284
Glossary of Waterways Terms 285
Index 287
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