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”

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”

The Magnificent Meuse 2

Part 2 – From Givet to Charleville 13th to 24th May 2022 (This year we joined the Meuse in Namur and headed upstream. The first section of the journey is in the previous post – https://calliope.blog/2022/05/26/the-magnificent-meuse/) After our one night in Givet next on the agenda was Vireux-Wallerand. To get there we had three locks,Continue reading “The Magnificent Meuse 2”

Day One of the 2022 Season

The Bossuit-Kortrijk Canal 25th April 2022 We are very excited about the prospect of the 2022 season – we are going to have a full six months cruising again. This follows the last two years of Brexit and Covid restrictions that resulted in a three month and a two month season. We went through theContinue reading “Day One of the 2022 Season”

The Longer Way Home

Tournai to Kortrijk, via Gent 24th September to 5th October 2021 plus a week in Kortrijk We were sad to be losing our visitor Hugh, but taxi companies at the next places up the river were less than co-operative, and with his luggage Hugh was not keen on using a series of buses to getContinue reading “The Longer Way Home”

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!”