Koblenz to Cochem on Moselle

We are now on the Moselle River having left the Rhine at Koblenz. What a difference! No more 7km current against us and endless barges. Instead we have a tranquil river, very pretty villages and lots of tourists. But you meet people in the strangest places. Continue reading

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How much Diesel do we have? Will we run out of fuel?

The boat is very economical and has used a lot less fuel than I thought throughout the Gap Year. However I did get fed up of doing countless calculations and worrying if we would run out of fuel or not as the boat fuel gauge is not accurate. So I came up with a solution before we got onto the Rhine. Continue reading

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Henrichenburg Boat Lift and Buying a Carpet for the Boat

Last week we motored from Munster to Henrichenburg on the Elms Canal. We only stopped there because I wanted to visit the barge museum and ancient boat lifts. Nuala said we have a schedule to keep but as I would love to see them we should stop. It was to have interesting consequences. Continue reading

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The Rhine Again- going up stream now – a different story!

We are back on the Rhine again since last Friday. I was going to write a blog about buying carpets for the boat but that will have to wait as going up river on the Rhine is happening now and is a lot more interesting. Continue reading

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Sorry no blog done Friday …

as first day back on the Rhine – very slow going up river seven hours to do 37 km. Blog to follow!

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Munster Again ! – Because Nuala says best charity shop in Germany is here

We spend the last two days in Munster. It’s great because you can moor in the old harbour close to the centre of town. We stopped again on the return trip because Nuala wanted to revisit the charity shop! Also it was a good place to celebrate my birthday. Continue reading

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I have decided that today blog is all about me as it’s my birthday!

Today I am 61 ! There were sometimes in my life that I thought I would never get to this age. But I have and I am in the middle of a Gap Year and celebrating my birthday, with Nuala, on a boat in Munster in Germany. At this stage I am still not sure what I will do in the future but I am here and enjoying life. Continue reading

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A day in Wolfsburg- the home of Volkswagen

We had planned to go and visit the VW AutoStradt and once we had completed the factory tour at 1 pm, we would leave and get on our way again. However, it was such an interesting place, we ended up staying all day until 11 pm- so the schedule is shot to pieces again!! Continue reading

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We have become so flexible with planning and targets – it’s scary

Nuala and I agreed last week that after Berlin we would cruise for long days and get back to Koblenz (825 km away), as soon as possible in case the water levels on the Rhine start to rise. That was four days ago but then there was the stop at Potsdam and now we are moored at Wolfsburg. Continue reading

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Leaving Berlin to go to Potsdam – An Interesting City

We got up early (at 7 am) to leave Berlin before the tourist boats got going. Again this proved to be a wise decision as we passed through Charlottenburg Lock and were out on the Havel See (Lake) by 9.am, just as things started to get busy. So bye bye Berlin.   Continue reading

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