Savouring the Saar in slow time

Part 1 – the German stretch : 29th June to 14th July 2022 We turned onto the Saar at 1005 in the morning, saying goodbye to the Moselle which had been our friendly waterway for the past 11 days, and to Luxembourg where we had moored for the past four nights. Now we were inContinue reading “Savouring the Saar in slow time”

A few days R&R at Toul

11th to 17th June 2022 If you have been following the blog you will know that we were making our way to Toul to meet our good friend Hilary at Toul station on Sunday evening. We thought it best to get there the day before so that we had plenty of time to find aContinue reading “A few days R&R at Toul”

The Magnificent Meuse part 3

Canal de la Meuse from Charleville to Troussey 25th May to 10 June 2022 [Be warned – this is a longer blog than usual, but then the Meuse is a long river!] In truth many parts of the Meuse are canalised, all the way down to Givet and the border of France with Belgium. HoweverContinue reading “The Magnificent Meuse part 3”

4 days on the Canal des Ardennes

(The first 28.5 kms there and back to be precise!) As we only travelled one third of the way along the Canal des Ardennes I will just give a short description of our few days there. Others who have travelled the full canal have far more credibility in talking about the journey. We were onContinue reading “4 days on the Canal des Ardennes”

Visitors aboard for our last days in France in 2021!

With family and friends in North East France and Western Belgium 14th to 24th September 2021 We were at Corbehem, just inside Le Scarpe Superieure, which goes on to Arras, with a plan of a slow cruise to Lille; there we would meet with son and partner who were arriving by Eurostar for a shortContinue reading “Visitors aboard for our last days in France in 2021!”

Canal du Nord – bottom to top!

Almost five and a half years ago we arrived in France on Calliope at the mouth of La Somme. This was our introduction to boating in Europe, and when at the end of La Somme we turned right onto the Canal du Nord we thought we were really now among the big barges of theContinue reading “Canal du Nord – bottom to top!”

A short trip East to West on 3 canals

Canals Sambre, Saint Quentin and Lateral à L’Oise 5th to 7th September 2021 It took just two days cruising to go the final three and a half kilometres on the Canal de la Sambre from Beautor, the seven and a half kilometres on the Canal de Saint-Quentin to Chauny, and the eighteen kilometres on theContinue reading “A short trip East to West on 3 canals”

Canal de Sambre à l’Oise

A wonderful week on country waters 30th August – 5th September 2021 Robert Louis Stevenson was still with us as we moved onto the canal built in the 1800s to link the Sambre at Landrecies with the Oise at La Fère – both places mentioned by RLS in his book ‘An Inland Voyage’. To writeContinue reading “Canal de Sambre à l’Oise”

Carry on up the Sambre!

The French Sambre 26th to 29th August 2021 This is a nice short blog, especially in comparison to some of my recent ramblings. We had three nights and the best part of four days on this stretch of the 2021 voyage. Bienvenue en France! We left Erquelinnes on a blue and sunny morning, crossing theContinue reading “Carry on up the Sambre!”

Winding our way to our winter mooring

27 September – 10 October 2019 We were taking the long autumnal way round. We had left Kortrijk in late August and set off on a loop of northern Belgium and France, in order to arrive back where we started and tie up for the winter. Now we were on the last lap, crossing borders,Continue reading “Winding our way to our winter mooring”