We rather cocked up the locks yesterday. Remember I said our boat briefing was rather brief? Well we sort of realised last night, after the lockkeeper came to ask us if we were doing any more locks around 6.30pm, that we must've moored after one of a series of locks. Tony had written on a … Continue reading Day Eight – A Bakery, Bikes and Birds
We knew the rain was imminent today. And had prepared ourselves for the change. Luckily it turned out to be less persistent than expected. There was no-one to be found anywhere to pay for our overnight Marina mooring, so we had no choice but to dispose of our rubbish, fill up with water, and cast … Continue reading Day Seven – Wet But Wonderful
What a day! Wonderful mostly. I think I've aged ten years, but simultaneously feel energised by the amazing new experiences we've had. We all slept like logs last night. Kerry and I had stayed up late star and satellite gazing from the roof of the boat. It's likely we won't get the chance again till … Continue reading Day Six – Back to Strasbourg for a Scare …
Today we boarded our 'Le Boat' boat at Boofzheim, a 40 minute drive from Strasbourg. We had the morning to enjoy a leisurely breakfast, and continue exploring this fine city - returning tomorrow evening to moor up and mooch some more. We were amazed to discover entrance to the Cathedral is free. It's stunning. Undoubtedly … Continue reading Day 5 – All Aboard Le Boat!
I can't put into words what a poignant, special time it's been for me to spend 48 hours with our family friends Odile and Bruno. Dad met Odile's father Jean during his travels around Europe, by bike (he was a superb Time Trial cyclist), in the late 1940's. They remained firm friends and our respective … Continue reading Day Four – Au Revoir Cabourg Bonjour Strasbourg
Seeing a blood red sky last night felt rather poignant on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Normandy landings. Although here in Cabourg we share the same beach (it's many miles long), this wasn't the place where the boats came and many men were doomed. We've not noticed any disruption here, being … Continue reading Day Three – Blood Red Turned to Blue
Still no news on Barry's visa today. Nothing left to do to change that so I'm determined to make the most of each day and trust it WILL arrive soon. The overnight Brittany Ferry Mont St Michel went smoothly. We'd booked reclining seats which were in a small 'private' lounge. Not that you'd notice the … Continue reading Day Two – Making The Most of The Adventure