Back on Board Before Retreating and Picking Up Barry’s ILTR Permit

Travelling back to Barry on Wednesday involved a variety of transport. Firstly a water bus to the airport, which took an hour. Very pleasant. Then a couple of hours wait turned into three, as the first flight to Amsterdam,was delayed. I'd been tempted by the offer to check in my hand baggage for free as … Continue reading Back on Board Before Retreating and Picking Up Barry’s ILTR Permit

Day Fifteen – Living In Interesting Times and Good News to Report

We've noticed a prolific amount of posters titled "May You Live In Interesting Times", but not really investigated what they were promoting. Until that is, we decided to wander along the waterway after our buffet breakfast, and found a garden filled with spectacular sculptures. Wow! Again! Just before walking, we went up in the lift … Continue reading Day Fifteen – Living In Interesting Times and Good News to Report

Day Fourteen – Surprisingly Impressed by Venice

I'd heard from my sister and brother-in-law that Venice was astounding. But to be honest it's not been a place I've ever hankered after visiting. It's quite different in many ways to what I'd imagined. And I adore it! Im not sure if Barry would, but I wish he'd had the chance to find out! … Continue reading Day Fourteen – Surprisingly Impressed by Venice

Day Thirteen – Crossing Four Countries in One Day

This whole trip has been amazing. Last week I crossed almost the breadth of France. Today we travelled from Colmar to Venice, via Basel and Milan. We began at 0921hrs, and ended at 2113hrs. What a journey! The trains in Europe are comfortable though a little cramped when you're sitting for hours. Out of the … Continue reading Day Thirteen – Crossing Four Countries in One Day

Day Twelve – Plus Ca Change To Colmar

After yesterday's uplifting (pun intended!) experience, this morning felt as damp as the weather. Packing and cleaning and wondering why we bought so much bottled water and kitchen towels amongst other excesses! It was a short lived dampness though as the day definitely brightened incrementally. After a complex conversation or two, we managed to get … Continue reading Day Twelve – Plus Ca Change To Colmar

Day Eleven – An Exciting, Albeit Unexpectedly Damp, Day

The Inclined Slope of St-Louis-Arviller, is one of the reasons Barry and I favoured this particular French canal and route when asked to choose by Kerry and Tony. Viaduc SNCF Construction began in 1964, and completed in 1968. In May of that year it was filled with water, though the first boats didn't go through … Continue reading Day Eleven – An Exciting, Albeit Unexpectedly Damp, Day

Day Ten – Roses and Castle

It's been another spectacular day here on Le Canal Du Marne Au Rhin. This morning we cycled into Saverne to find the centre taken over by a bustling outdoor market selling all manner of things. We'd almost run out of milk so decided to treat ourselves to breakfast at a cafe. Following that, poor Tony, … Continue reading Day Ten – Roses and Castle