contentedsouls

Join us on our travels around Europe aboard our Dutch Tjalk Francoise

  • Jill Budd

    After 6 years aboard our Narrowboat Matilda Rose in the UK, we took the plunge and shipped her across to Europe. After 2 years in Europe we knew we didn't want to return to the UK so took the plunge and purchased a 1902 20 mtr Dutch Tjalk called Francoise and are now continuing our travels of the waterways of Europe in a buxom wench

  • May 2014
    M T W T F S S
    « Apr   Jun »
     1234
    567891011
    12131415161718
    19202122232425
    262728293031  
  • Meta

Our brugs have turned into ponts!

Posted by contentedsouls on 22/05/2014

We’ve crossed from Flanders into Wallonie. Two major differences; the first being that we can understand the signs and have some conversation with the locals as the language of choice is now French. The second is that Tournai is covered in litter and dog poo. Definitely ‘shabby chic’ and ‘faded elegance’ although the people are delightful. We met a lady yesterday who teaches English as a foreign language to mature students and we invited her to bring three of her students round tonight. One of them was so grateful that she came back later with a present of beers and a special glass (the Belgian beer glasses are myriad and lovely) to say thank you! The day started lovely but deteriorated into heavy rain and then ended in sunshine so haven’t seen a great deal of Tournai yet. Again the cathedral is in bandages so can’t take full photos without scafolding included. How the ship ‘Big Ben’ got through the arches I’ll never know!

ImageImageImageImage 

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

 

On our cruise to Tournai I found it fascinating to watch the professional guys being loaded and unloaded

 

ImageImage

 

We pulled over to let this ship go into the lock first and the skipper hopped over the side to take my rope. They had to wait for us to catch up again at the next lock! Made me feel a bit more significant.

 

 

 

Image

 

ImageImage

 

Oudenaarde – looked nice but the only free mooring we could find was against a high wall and that’s WB Avalon coming through and then under the hydraulic bridge – they do have a million ways of lifting bridges; I love the engineering.

 

ImageImage

 

Image

 

Image

 

I love this  letterbox in Gavere.  We went to visit Belgian/English friends of Graham’s there and had dinner with them which was lovely. Our dogs had a good romp in their garden with their two Standard Poodles and we were able to pick up our post. Thanks guys.

Unless you are moored, the big guys don’t mess you up anywhere near as badly as the little ‘fast zone’ stuff

 

Image

 

ImageImageImageImage

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
Indigo Dreaming

The journeys of the Narrowboat Indigo Dream

Aurigny Aperos

…"I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference."

contentedsouls

Join us on our travels around Europe aboard our Dutch Tjalk Francoise

andywindyblog

Never grow up, Grown-ups are boring!

Avalon Abroad

Exploring Europe on W B Avalon

M. B. Willow

Life afloat on the 1935 ex-Severn and Canal Carrying Co. motor, Willow

%d bloggers like this: