Riverman Gibbings continues his explorations, this time in France, where the delights of the countryside are more than balanced by the delights of the table -- and the tongue. For, before his 11 foot 6 inch boat is ready, he has found gastronomic and liquid pleasures in the neighborhood of Dijon, Blaune and Aisey and with his launching, in a flood, the kindness of the people adds to the pleasures of his trip. As in his previous books, there's a bit of art, history, literature, to fit in with his water course and here he has cathedrals, chateaux, prehistoric sights, artistis; lives and settings, to catch his interest; there are bridges, canals and locks along the way; and there are branches and tributaries to investigate. As always there is the secret world of the water and its banks and there is Paris too as his destination before he goes on to the tidal waters. A leisurely, informative and imaginative book to which the author's wood engravings add their charm.