Back in Chalon !

We are back in Chalon after returning from Ireland by car using the fast ferry and Channel Tunnel. As we were bringing Nuala’s car back to the boat, it was a chance to travel through the Channel Tunnel which we have always wanted to experience. Continue reading

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We have returned to Ireland this week because of my knee.

We flew back to Ireland on Monday evening because I had a follow up appointment with the Consultant. The good news is that today I had another MRI scan on my knee and met with the Consultant afterwards. As I had thought myself, my knee is almost better. The bone has almost repaired itself and if I continue to use the crutches for another month or so, it should be fully repaired. Continue reading

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Metz – A city of helpful People

On our journey up the Moselle we stopped at Metz. It’s a beautiful city full of flowers . The marina was in a perfect location in the middle of the city but more importantly the people were so helpful. Well half of them! Continue reading

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Once again we have landed on our feet! Chalon perfect for the winter

Yesterday was our first day at winter mooring in Chalon sur Saone. It’s perfect! We deserve it as we had to travel for 42 days, motoring 1525 km, go through 171 locks and 3 tunnels to get here! A lot of the time, we were under pressure to get to a point before they closed the canals. Why is Chalon so good? Continue reading

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What a difference a year and eight days make!

Saint Jean de Losne, a small town on the Saone River, won’t mean a lot to you, but it is significant for Nuala and I. We moored in St Jean on Monday night, a year and eight days since we were last here. Continue reading

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Two days to our winter destination in Chalon sur Saone- another coincidence

We are now cruising down the Saone and nearly at the end of our boat travels for this year. This journey has been both a great adventure and a time of personal awareness. We keep having good coincidences, as if we are being somehow nudged, in a certain direction. Continue reading

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A catch up blog- We have lost track of each other.

Over the last few weeks we have changed our plans and moved the boat quite a long way and I realise you might have lost track of us and not know where we are or what we are doing. Continue reading

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The luck of the Irish- How a key ring saved our plans to get to winter mooring in Chalon sur Saone.

Yesterday was a tough day. Sorry no blogs, it has been very busy as we have gone through three countries to get from Cochem on the Moselle to Richardmenil on Canal des Vosges. Yesterday when we arrived at the Liverdun lock (on the Moselle) at 8.30, we found a large 110 metre barge sitting waiting to go through. It turned out he was very important to us. Continue reading

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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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