We spent about 2 weeks in Strasbourg. What a super city! Sort of reminded us of a smaller, cleaner, more charming and
organized Paris. We bicycled and took advantage of their modern public transportation system to play tourist. The Office of
Tourism has many aids for tourists from all countries to better experience the wonderful city. We did a self-guided audio
walking tour. It was supposed to take 3 hours. It took us 6, but we learned so much about the history and culture of the city and
its surrounding region.
Reluctantly, on the 14th of September we started home to our winter mooring. The colors of fall were starting to display
themselves, the days were getting shorter and the temperatures were dropping. All signs that our cruising season was nearing
its end. We traveled leisurely on our return. The canals were much less crowded and some days we were the only boat
navigating in the section of canal. We were able to find mooring in the port of Epinal where normally during high season it's
close to impossible for a barge of our size.
Lisa's friend from her TWA days in Boston, Kathy Yeager traveled with us on our way home from Port sur Saône. Kathy was
our first guest on JoLi' in June of 2002 when there wasn't anything onboard. Her mom, Marcelle, who lives in Paris part of the
year, came also. It was really fun for Kathy and Marcelle, because they had never seen this part of France or experienced a
cruise on a canal. We lucked out and had cool/cold days but a decent number of sunny days that enabled us to enjoy lunches on
deck. Kathy enjoyed cooking and handling the lines.
On our last day on the Saône River, we performed the traditional "dumping of the flowers" truly signaling the end of our
cruising season. It's always a little sad to empty our beautiful flower boxes in to the water. They were brilliant this year, and we
received lots and lots of compliments from passersby.