The Good Life France Magazine




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Spring 2022

Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

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Cruising the Rhône France is criss-crossed by a network of 100 canals and rivers totalling thousands of miles. David Jefferson’s book Through the French Canals features the main waterways of France and in this extract, he explores the mighty river Rhône, the second longest in France and the Saône river… The Rhône The Rhône is fed by several navigable canalised rivers including, to the north of Lyon, the Saône with the Petite Saône and the southern arm of the Canal du Rhône au Rhin and, just a few kilometres from the Mediterranean, the Petite Rhône and the Rhône à Séte Canal. This will be of interest to anyone considering moving their boat down to the Mediterranean by the waterways because ultimately the choice is limited to navigating the Rhône or a seaward passage down the Bay of Biscay and taking the Canal des Deux Mers. The Rhône is the more popular choice. Particularly for smaller craft, the Rhône comes as something of a challenge after days spent progressing at a leisurely walking pace along the Bourgogne or Bourbonnais routes, stopping for lunch and mooring up in the early evening near a promising restaurant. In the space of a few days, the skipper is suddenly having to cope with a strong current and pay some attention to the weather as the boat is piloted down the broad waters of the fastmoving Rhône, sweeping her towards the giant locks that are a feature of the waterway. The rivers that feed into the Rhône are peaceful enough during the summer months. There is little current to cope with on the Saône, which is particularly popular with those who choose to charter boats on the French waterways. Those who are bringing their boats through The Good Life France | 89