Why have you seen a number of times on the blog- Sorry no Blog – No Internet!

To keep in touch with family and friends and to put our blogs online, we need internet and mobile phone coverage on the boat. Thus, we have had to have our own mobile Internet devices. Continue reading

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Berlin family entertains us- our first night in a house in four months

On Friday, Nuala and I set off to visit Heike and her family. Nuala first met Heike thirty seven years ago when they were both au pairs in Paris. Heike reminded Nuala that it was twenty seven years since they last met, when Heike had visited Dublin. Continue reading

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Not sure what to tell you this Friday

We continue to stay at Boothaus Roll on the Zeuthern See and the weather has been very mixed. We have had glorious sunshine one day and thunderstorms and hail stones the next. We have spent the time cleaning the boat and getting ready to go home for “holidays”. Continue reading

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Now that we have reached our Goal can you help us with our nominated Charity SVP?

When we started out on our Gap Year, we felt we were so privileged to have the opportunity to do this type of trip that we would give something back by having a nominated charity on our blog. For us it had to be The Society of St. Vincent de Paul. We set ourselves a target of raising €2000 and so far we have raised €440. Now that we have reached our final goal perhaps you can help us reach our charity goal as well. Continue reading

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The Lakes around Berlin

As Germany won the World Cup last night, you can guess we are in a very happy place today! We got our T.V. out and watched it ourselves. I did not realise before we came to Berlin how many large lakes surround it. We are in a marina called Boothaus Roll on the Zeuthener See (Lake), about 30 minutes by train from Berlin and a beautiful spot. As with many of the things that have happened on this Gap Year, we are here because of people we met on the journey. In Paris we met Dr Angelika & Franz Paulus and they advised us to come here. Continue reading

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We have reached our final destination – Berlin

At 10.00am on Friday 11th July we arrived in Berlin. We entered the Spree River and after passing through the Charlottenburg Lock we moored at a designated place near the city centre. We had reached our final destination having travelled over 2223 km by water! Continue reading

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Our First Impressions of Germany

We have been in Germany nineteen days now and our first impressions are below…. After spending almost three months in France, and with Nuala having such good French, we were worried about moving to Germany. But as I reminded Nuala, the challenge of the Gap Year was to get from Paris to Berlin and we had to get out of our new comfort zone and keep going.

So what are our first impressions! Continue reading

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We are pushing to get to Berlin- six days to go !

The Mittelland Canal is fast, efficient and boring. We are pushing hard to get to our final destination - Berlin. The boat is being run like a proper ship, motoring for 8 to 9 hours and doing up to 80 km per day. Nuala and I are doing one hour on and one hour off at the helm. Continue reading

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Munster City – Cultural Centre of Westphalia Region

We arrived in Munster on Tuesday, intending on staying one night. We took a chance and went into the main town harbour instead of going to the local marina. While it was not an official mooring site, we saw one other boat and decided to stay. There was no electricity or water but it turned out to be an inspired decision. By that night, five other boats had joined us and the place was buzzing as the cafes and bars along the waterfront were filled with people. As I said in a previous blog it was like been in the middle of the IFSC in Dublin (for our non-Irish readers, the Financial Centre in the middle of Dublin – very up market). Continue reading

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We are on the way to Berlin- 15 days to go!

On Sunday we turned off the Rhine and onto the Rhine-Herne- Canal. It now feels like we are actually heading for Berlin as we are only 600 km away. Continue reading

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