Tag Archives: Canal boating

Dunkerque, Matisse, Cambrai and Arras.

Having planned to do a few day trips by train we realised it was more economical to hire another car when a deal came up for 7 days at only €144. This has the added benefit of visiting small villages … Continue reading

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Seneffe to Valenciennes, back into France we go.

Bonjour, we are back in France after an interesting and generally enjoyable trip through southern Belgium. The last time I wrote we were in Seneffe and planning our trip down the historical century old but recently renovated four boat lifts … Continue reading

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Charlesville to Seneffe. Into Belgium we go.

Last time I wrote we had heard the Meuse would be closing locks 1-8 July 4th. With no time to turn around and head back that way and the Canal des Ardennes closed in the middle, we took the only … Continue reading

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Christchurch, Paris, Toul, Canal de la Meuse. We’re off!

The sun’s shining, the birds are singing and all is right on the canal. We have liftoff. After a week and a half since leaving New Zealand we are finally on our way! Bring on our 2019 adventure… We flew … 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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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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Chalons-en-Champagne to Vraincourt. Farewell to vineyards.

July 27-August 5, Chalons-en-Champagne. As I mentioned in my last post the Canal Entre Champagne et Bourgogne had a bridge closure, stopping all traffic for about 10 days and so we tied up on one of the pontoons in Chalons … Continue reading

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