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Beyond the Pacific Northwest

With 70% of the earth’s surface covered in water, exploring by boat is enjoyed the world over. Whether it’s open-ocean sailing, island hopping in the Caribbean, or locking through the canals of Europe, people around the world enjoy all types of boating with varied watercraft. Many opportunities await the avid boater seeking new challenges and interesting boating lifestyles. Come join us as we venture around the world.

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Around the World

Venice, Italy • The Dordogne, France • Virgin Islands • So much more

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We hope you can learn from the Waggoner crew’s experiences cruising other parts of the world. It might help you plan the vacation of a lifetime. Read on…

Visiting the Citadel of Carcassonne

Visiting the Citadel of Carcassonne

The Citadel of Carcassonne competes with Mont St. Michel and the Eiffel Tower for the most visited site in France. In 1997, this citadel was placed on the UNESCO list as a World Heritage Site. The fortification of the Medieval City...

A Special Wine & Dine Tour

A Special Wine & Dine Tour

Mark and Danielle had scheduled a special Wine & Dine Tour at the O’Vineyards near Carcassonne. We engaged several taxi cabs to transport our group to the beautiful winery estate owned and operated by Joe, a U.S. citizen now living in Southern France....

A little History of the Canal du Midi

A little History of the Canal du Midi

The Canal du Midi was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996. The canal comprises 328 structures including aqueducts, bridges, tunnels, and locks. Waters of the Canal du Midi twist and turn through the countryside, passing acres of vineyards, fields...

Locks and Lines while cruising the Canal du Midi

Locks and Lines while cruising the Canal du Midi

by Lorena Landon The Canal du Midi is one of most famous canals in the world. Construction began in 1663 to link the Mediterranean to the Atlantic Ocean via the river Garonne from Toulouse, which empties into the Atlantic. The Canal du Midi descends from a...

The Canals of Italy: A Different West Side

The Canals of Italy: A Different West Side

The canals in Italy, a different west side for the Waggoner Team. Editor and publisher Mark Bunzel, along with Danielle and her parents who speak Italian, and ourselves as crew, welcomed the opportunity to cruise the canals of Italy located northeast of...

Cruising the Canals in Italy Aboard the Le Boat Magnifique 7

Cruising the Canals in Italy Aboard the Le Boat Magnifique 7

From Venice, we boarded a pre-arranged taxi van to deliver us to the village of Precenicco to get set up with the Le Boat Magnifique 7. Precenicco is a Le Boat base and the starting point for our canal cruising adventure. After provisioning the galley with...

We’re Off! Cruising the Canals in Le Boat Magnifique 7

We’re Off! Cruising the Canals in Le Boat Magnifique 7

We're Off! Cruising the Canals in Le Boat Magnifique 7 in Italy. We departed the Stella restaurant facility at 8:40 in the morning to begin a 5 ½ -hour journey southeast to the town of Grado, located off the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Red and green...

A Bus Ride to Visit the Ancient Roman City of Aquileia

A Bus Ride to Visit the Ancient Roman City of Aquileia

During our stay in Grado, we took the public bus to the historic town of Aquileia, a short ten-minute ride away; the town is also accessible by boat via the Canale della Taiada and the Fiume (River) Natissa. At one time, the city was opulent with fortified...

An Italian Canal Boat Holiday: Cruising to Lignano

An Italian Canal Boat Holiday: Cruising to Lignano

Departing Grado around 11 a.m., we headed westward at the continued slow pace of 4 knots. Canal boating requires patience, it’s a time to relax and listen to songbirds. You can’t be in a hurry, and planning your route from start to finish, based on the...

Locks and Bridges: How to Navigate the Canals in Italy

Locks and Bridges: How to Navigate the Canals in Italy

Navigating the Canals in Italy. From Lignano, we continued westward along the Canale de Lustri, then turned southwest into the narrow Canale dei Pantani.  If you are wondering what the tidal range is for the area, it is only a difference of three feet, and...

Waiting out the Storm in Cortellazzo, Italy

Waiting out the Storm in Cortellazzo, Italy

Departing Caorle, we continued west along Canale Commessera and Canale Revedoli. While underway, we received a text message from Le Boat personnel warning of a pending storm with 35-knot winds. We were told to hold-up somewhere safe and not make any...

Canal Boat Ride to Burano, Italy: Colorful Houses, Lace and History

Canal Boat Ride to Burano, Italy: Colorful Houses, Lace and History

Cruising the canals of Burano, Italy where we enjoy colorful houses, lace and history. From Cortellazzo we made our way northwest up the Fiume Piave, passing under the many fishnets hung above the river between the villages of Cortellazzo and Eraclea. It...

The Wonders of Venice, Italy

The Wonders of Venice, Italy

After a lovely stay at Burano, we motored down the Venetian lagoon via Canale Giacomo and Canale delle Navi, arriving at the southeast end of Venice. We moored at modern Marina S. Ellena with the usual stern-tie procedure. To make things easier, marina...

The End of our Canal Cruise in Italy

The End of our Canal Cruise in Italy

The End of Our Canal Cruise In Italy Scheduled to return Magnifique 7 on June 27, we departed Venice, stopping at Burano to take on fuel. Our boat held 300 liters or approximately 80 gallons of fuel. The 40-horsepower diesel engine ran efficiently, but the...

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