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Canal de Vosges 30 Jul 2022 18:16 #130916

  • Roelf Aukema
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Hi Sharon,
Thanks for the positives about Metz.

Jean Paul and Angelique are here right now but will be away on vacation until the 7th August. They will probably fit you in but you will be rafted out at least 2 deep!
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Roelf

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Canal de Vosges 30 Jul 2022 17:51 #130914

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HI Roelf, Stan and I and Encore are at Metz and heartily recommend it as a great place to visit. Fabulous cathedral, one of the best museums, especially of Gallo-roman period, we have seen, and compact, lively old town and then the German style buildings out by the very German train station.
Are Jean-Paul and his wife at TSNI now? I sent them an email about 8 days ago asking if they had space for us for winter, as I don't think we will get back to Sillery, and have not had any response. I thought they might be on vacation, though I have had trouble before getting an email through to them.

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Canal de Vosges 30 Jul 2022 16:22 #130913

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Thanks Paul and Tim,
Looks like we’re here for the winter. It’s not so bad as that was our original plan. We just didn’t get to dawdle down the Meuse as much.

Apparently we could go to Nancy for a short trip by boat, but part of me is reluctant incase we get stuck there. We visited Nancy a few years ago and it warrants further exploration. Maybe a trip to Metz by car too.

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Canal de Vosges 30 Jul 2022 10:17 #130905

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The Canal de Ardennes is closed now and the Meuse from Verdun south though you would have a hard time getting much farther than Sedan really.

It will take more than a little rain as the ground is very dry now and will soak up any rain that falls. Only when the ground becomes saturated will there be extra water for the rivers and pounds.

Its is more than just closing a month early. This year you really had to have your travelling done in June to be able to plan a route with any kind of confidence of success. This makes the french cruising season very short. I think the strategy should now be to travel to your location at the start of the summer and then stay in the same area or segment of canal from July through the remainder of the season.
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Canal de Vosges 30 Jul 2022 08:07 #130902

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Hi Roelf

We have friends who were the last boat to come down The Vosges, even below the "safe point" of Fontenoy they bounced along the bottom.

Realistically the chances of The Vosges opening again before the winter are slim.

Normally if it's going to be closed it's late August, this year it was a month early.

5 dry winters and springs are having a huge affect on canal water levels. Plus the excessive high temperatures mean water lost to evaporation is massive.

Personally I would stop in Toul, if you want to visit Nancy, use public transport. Certainly having a drink in Stanislas square is to be looked forward to.

No serious rain in the past month or on the horizon in the next ten days. See attached.

Sorry if this sounds bleak, but overall in central France the state of canal water levels and reserves is just that, bleak.

Paul Hayes
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Canal de Vosges 29 Jul 2022 21:42 #130888

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Hi,
We are at the TSNI marina in Toul and we were about to head down to St Jean de Losne via the Vosges when we got the news.

Does anyone have an educated guess how long the closure might be? Obviously it relies on decent rain happening to help. We need to make a call and to either book a place here until next year and use our time fruitfully, or hang around and do a mad rush if/when the canal opens.

Is it possible to do a trip to Nancy given the closures?

We have a deposit with H2O for a mooring at St. Usage. I’ve emailed them just now and am awaiting a reply. Hopefully we will not lose our deposit.

It’s been an interesting month for us as we both got Covid in Norway and had to isolate for 2 weeks and now the canal closure…Yes I know, definitely a first world problem!

Good luck to everyone in France ATM.

Roelf & Juliette

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Canal de Vosges 16 Jul 2022 17:28 #130676

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I can confirm that this I the case.
VNF are going to maintain water levels so that people in Fontenoy can get down to Corre

Paul Hayes

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Canal de Vosges 16 Jul 2022 15:06 #130675

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We are currently at Port sur Saone and have been informed by Germans on the next boat that the Canal des Vosges is closed from today. They have friends who have just done two 12 hour days to beat the closure deadline.

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Canal de Vosges 24 Jun 2022 17:45 #130287

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Good day ... I wonder if any of the DBA members have traveled on the canal de Vosges betweenToul andCorre.
We've just arrived in Mouzon en route to Verdun and have heard some horror stories about weed and water levels from last year.
I'd be most grateful if anyone has any information which might help us.
Merci beaucoup

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