One of the couples actually did the trip and came back from the Nivernais bubbling with enthusiasm, which reinforced our motivation to do something similar. So in 2012 we booked a Corvette class canal boat through Le Boat and did a seven night trip from Gray to Brange along the Saône.
We were hooked!
So in 2013 we again hired a boat, this time a Crusader class and did a 13 night trip from Montauban on the Canal de Montech, via Valence-Sur-Baise on the Baise river and finishing at Le Mas d' Agenais on the Canal de Garonne.
We were very lucky with the weather on both trips - beautiful sunny days, mild evenings and no wind! And what a fabulous lifestyle; great food, superb wine, interesting people, and very different to Africa in all respects. We had to find a way to spend more time exploring the waterways of Europe without the experience bankrupting us...