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About khodges2013

Alan and I divide our time between our apartment in Christchurch, New Zealand, and our 11.5m Dutch Cruiser, Silver Fern, on the canals in France. We started out hiring and eventually bought our boat in 2014. The two summers lifestyle is wonderful and we feel very lucky!

Toul, war and homeward bound.

  So we’ve been moored in the Toul town marina, Port de France, for a month now. The locks into Toul are now shut until late October as they work on the lifting bridge. But if  you’re going to spend … Continue reading

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Saverne to Toul. Fun in the locks…

Saverne is a big and very prettily flowered town with the stunning Chateau Rohan opposite the boat harbour. The Grande Rue is cobblestoned and has lots of shops, bars and restaurants. The last lock into Saverne takes you past the … Continue reading

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Saarburg to Saverne. Back into French waters.

Last time I wrote we were in the pretty town of Saarburg on the Saar river in Southern Germany. It made a lasting impression and we probably should have stayed longer than 1 night. Next time! We were up and … Continue reading

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Luxembourg and Germany. Photos.

Here are the photos that go with the last post from the Moselle river in Luxembourg to Germany and the Saar river. My next post will be out soon.

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Luxembourg and Germany.

Well, sorry it’s been so long since I posted! (Our internet allowance outside France is only 25Gb so no photos on this post. I’ll do a catch up pictorial post when we have more GBs). We’ve had an interesting time including … Continue reading

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Toul to Basse-Ham marina, north of Metz.

Hurrah! France won the Fifa World Cup final and thank goodness for that. The cacophony of car horns went on for hours with people hanging out of their car windows waving flags and banners and driving round the town. What … Continue reading

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Charmes to historic Toul.

Last time I wrote we were in Charmes and it has pluses and minuses as a place to moor. The power and water at €9.44 (including tourist tax) was a reasonable price (showers were available at an extra price) and … Continue reading

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