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

  • June 2014
    M T W T F S S
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Namur is going out with a bang

Posted by contentedsouls on 09/06/2014

Have just watched a free professional pyrotechnic display from the side hatch and we’re now watching nature’s own magnificent thunder storm – guess who’s winning!

We trundled back into the city again yesterday and ambled gently about due to the heat (what are our chances on the Canal du Midi?) before stopping for a beer. The church was impressive.




It’s the first time I’ve seen deck chairs and bean bags in a ‘pub’. Then (not quite sure how) we got tangled up in someone’s stag weekend – I blame it on Graham.



Then Yvon and Carina who live on a residential peniche up the road cycled out to see what and who we were which ended up with us popping round for nibbles and a glass of fizzy late morning today. Yvon helped me out with some useful French that I was missing. There really is no English spoken here in Wallonie but Carina is from Flanders so her English is brilliant.

He carries 18 tonnes of water (18,000 litres), and tops up 3 times a year. His 8Kv generator is fed by an 1,800 litre fuel tank. Main engine is a 6 cylinder 225 horse power which uses 12-18 litres per hour.


The blokes doing a boat tour


Yvon writing down and sorting my French out

Then we went to WB Avalon for an excellent Sunday BBQ. It’s nearly 1.00 am but the thunder and lightning is still rattling around and there is no hope of sleep yet. 








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