Doubs (pronounced "dew") is an important part of Dole even today. Holiday makers can moor here with their craft and it gives easy access to this once important town.There's even a section entitled little Venice. It never ceases to amaze me how people can call such areas this when they have absolutely nothing in common except water beside buildings....more
During World War II the airport was used by the German Luftwaffe during their occupation of France as an Air intelligence training facility (Luftnachrichten-Ausbildungs-Regiment 302). It was attacked by the United States Army Air Force on often during the spring of 1944. After the airfield was finally liberated by Allied forces in early September...more
I loved walking around here. A bit of history, some greenery, some placid water. It all combined to conjure up pleasant surroundings and create fresh interest with every step.Canal des Tanneurs is flanked by the old tanneries whose traces are still self evident.The main body of water is the canal joining the Rhine and the Rhone, of which the river...more
Though Louis Pasteur is unquestionably Dole's best known son, there are others.Marcel Aymé took inspiration from the fabric of the town for some of his finest novels (The Sorceress, The Mill on the Sourdine...). As for Pasteur, he has left his trace in a number of places in this picturesque town.He was baptised at the Notre Dame Collegiale for...more
We chilled out (or would have had we not gone inside) and had a cuppa beside the church and watched the comings and goings before we went and had a look.It's a lovely little tea house that sets you up for your visit to the Notre Dame next door. For a full history of the church, see my general tips.more
The chemist Louis Pasteur was born in Dole in 1822. His birthplace, which is a typical tannery house, is now a museum. It gives information about Pasteur's life, his family and scientific works. When I came across the name Pasteur I first thought of "pasteurize". But he's also well known for finding a vaccination against rabies. Pasteur later lived...more
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Dole has a harbour at the Rhine-Rhône-Canal which is located below the old town. You hear find the boat rental company Nicols where you can rent houseboats. Staying at the port is free the first night, you only have to pay for electric power and water if you use it. A bakery in the old town is not far away, but for the big Casino supermarket you have to walk a bit downstream. It's found on the left side of Doubs river (Rue Général Bethouard).
The Rhine-Rhône-Canal starts in Saint-Symphorien where it diverges from the Saône river. In Dole the canal shortly converts with the Doubs river, which happens frequently from then on. The next big town in that direction is Besançon. It you go this way, you need to take care of high water. It's better to check at the port reception if it's safe to go there. We met people that were waiting for some days that a lock which had been closed because of high water got re-opened again.
There's a nice cycle way along the Rhine-Rhône-Canal from Dole in direction Besançon. We just cycled there a bit, although the bikes that we rented together with our boat were not the best. The path is mostly paved and is part of the EuroVeloRoute from Nantes to Budapest. Generally you can cycle all along the canal as there's a towpath, but that one is not always paved.
Though hardly a backwater today, Dole was once even more important.Located in the western Jura near Burgundy, Dole was once a free country in its own right and the capital of the Franche-Comté. It was called Dolla under the Romans. It was the seat of the dukes of Burgundy in medieval times and was the capital (1332–1674) of Franche-Comté. It...more
The Collegiale-Notre-Dame is much the most outstanding monument in Dole. Located in the centre of the old town, it dominates the skyline so much you can almost see it from anywhere in Dole. Dating from the medieval period when Dole was the most important local centre (from 1386 - 1676), the building was constructed in gothic style over the course...more
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