French Inland Waterways
John and I are just getting ready for our cruise in
What are we taking with us? Well, this year there are 4 new batteries, a folding bike and a gas hob (both of which John brought home from the boat to overhaul), clean bedding, English food which we take to supplement what we buy out there (tea bags, bread mixes, tinned beans, custard powder, gravy granules – all of which are not quite the same in France), enough books to stock a small library, DVDs to watch in the evening, and so on. We are also waiting delivery of a hydraulic steering system which John plans to fit this year.
Our boat, La Vie en Rose, is a Dutch steel canal boat and is moored in
I have just downloaded the details of canal and lock closures during the summer. This gives details of all repairs taking place on the canals during the year and we need to take note of this when planning our trip. I cannot see any that will affect the area in which we are planning to travel but three years ago when we travelled along the River Aisne there were 4 different closures, not in sequence, so planning our trip was quite a headache. At one place they had already begun repairs and switched off the electric mechanism for operating the lock gate. Four muscular canal employees sweated on a rope to open the gate for us! I wish I had got that on a photograph.
I plan to update this blog at intervals during our travels, so watch this space.