I love our time in France but sometimes it can be frustrating. This week we arrived in Nancy and booked into Port St George. It rained all day. It cost €20 per day and Nuala refused to move off the boat in the rain. Then…
I had just moored the boat (very well if I say so myself as I had reversed into a very tight berth) when an English man, who has stayed in the port for six years came up and asked me to move my boat as he was to move his boat into this berth. I politely said no that we would have to ask the Captainaire.
I then went to Captainaire and the door was locked. It magically opened and the Captainaire appeared and said they were closing for lunch and to come back at 2.00 pm (it was 11.55). So I duly went back at 2.15 pm. After a lot of discussion and telling me how they loved Ireland, I got booked in and it cost me € 38.40 for two days (the dearest since Paris) but at least no talk of me having to move berth.
I went back to the boat and Nuala asked about the WIFI connection for the Port (in the guide book it said the port had free WIFI) and arranging a tanker to deliver diesel to the boat. I forgot both, so I trudged back in the rain. Answer; the WIFI does not work anymore ! No reason given, I was told if I want WIFI go to the Tourist Office (15 minutes away by bike!).
Then I asked about getting diesel for the boat. A number was produced for a local oil company they use. I asked could they ring for me as my French is not good. After a lot of shrugs and sighs, the phone was lifted and the number punched in…thumped actually! After a long conversation in French, the phone was put down and I was told in English that the oil company driver is on training and there are no deliveries this week. I asked if there was another oil company ? Shrugs and told there was none. So I left Captainaire with no WIFI and no Diesel.
It was still raining. I went back to the boat and said to myself “I will use my own mobile WIFI and find another oil company in the area”.
Now my own WIFI won’t work! I opened it and water poured out. It got wet on the deck. The rain again! It’s still raining. I gave up and opened a bottle of wine!!