This is a reflection in the water, rotated 180 degrees and flipped horizontally, all possible with a couple of mouse clicks using photo editing software.
On the way to the Chanterelle through the bus window - thus the reflection.
Early morning on our first day. Everyone else was still sleeping!
This fellow was guarding the entrance to the small village of Rogny les Sept Ecluses where we started our cruise.
Seven old locks (sept ecluses) that were in use until 1982 when they were by-passed to speed up passage through this area of the canal system
This gate was the entrance to a path leading to the tow path along the canal.
This mute swan was swimming in the canal looking for a hand out.
Beautiful wild flowers such as this oxlip were blooming along the canals.
The rapeseed fields were in full bloom.
There were actually some on our trip that thought I was silly for photographing a field of dandelions!!
This bridge is actually an aqueduct designed by Gustave Eiffle across the Loire River. We crossed it on the Chanterelle later in the morning.
Another view of the aqueduct.
Beautiful church in the village of Briare.
It would be impossible for me to describe this with words!
One of many small villages along our route.
Village of Beaulieu and a sixteenth century bridge. Church of Joan of Arc is in the distance behind the Royal chateaux of the Loire valley which houses the International Museum of Hunting.
One of the areas where we could walk along the tow path.
One of the nuclear power plants that supply over 70% of the electric power in France.
Village of Sancerre, famous for its wine and goat cheese known as ¨Crottin de Chavignol¨.
Source of goat cheese.
Wine tasting at one of the Sancerre vineyards.
Pierre-Yves touches up a few scratches. He never stopped working!
A little rain didn't stop Phyllis from enjoying the scenery.
These next photos are at gardens of the medieval village of Apremont sur Allier.
Wouldn't this make a great postcard?
I have to include at least one bird photo!
This group of school children came all the way from Normandy to watch the Chanterelle move through this unusual double lock with a rise of over 30 feet.
This young fellow could barely restrain his enthusiasm at seeing a bunch of American Tourists on a canal barge. (His teacher called out to let us know he was from England, not your average Frenchman).
This young French boy must not have realized we were Americans.
Following are photographs of our fellow travelers, as well as the crew of the Chanterelle.
Phyllis recently moved to Washington State to be near her sons.
Cyril wqs our chef.
This is our crew, toasting us as we crossed the Loire River via the Eiffel aqueduct. Unfortunately this was the only photo I got of Gail on the left and Amy in the center.
Pierre-Yves was our matlock.
Another view of Pierre-Yves.