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Linda C. (Seagull) reviewed Watersteps Through France : To the Camargue by Canal on
If you like to pause to savor the words, here's an example to whet your appetite from page 71:
"At Vaudemange the lock-keeper's index finger, wagging like an inverted pendulum, told us off firmly for using old car tyres (as all plaisanciers do) as fenders to absorb the rubs and shocks inevitable in locks."
Tyres is not a typo on my part. This book is printed in England.
Here's another from page 112: "Coming out of the lock at at Heuilly and into the full broad sweep of the Saone gave us the sort of feeling that a butterfly must have on leaving the chrysalis. Instead of going slowly along a channel so narrow that one could spit on to either bank (assuming that one were ill bred enough to want to do so), the boat was now able to spread her wings as we pushed the throttles up to full ahead in a river that is no more than a hundred metres broad."