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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

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Joined in Verdun by WB Avalon

Posted by contentedsouls on 15/08/2014

Despite leaving Debbie and Kevin in Belgium from where they returned to the UK for 5 weeks – Tuesday they pulled in behind us in time for supper on MR and a good old catch up. It just shows how slowly we’ve been travelling. We all trundled into the centre of Verdun Wednesday to try and sort out some French bank accounts – if we can achieve that then we can get reliable internet at more sensible rates. It took several hours (but Debbie and I managed to pop out to do a little shopping whilst the discussions were going on). Ironically, the post ‘boy’/ gofor man was the only person in the bank who spoke any English – thank goodness he did as our French certainly wasn’t up to it and everyone sitting typing things into I translate makes for a very long process. It lashed it down with rain all day. We managed to get some lunch eventually, but hardly anywhere was open so, what with the weather, everyone was packed in and we had to wait a long while for pretty grotty food although Deb’s and Kevin’s was OK.

I managed to get a few pics, despite the weather.

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Just look at that chocolate work – window shopping here is a delight.

The weather was better yesterday so G and Kevin cycled back into the bank with passports and as much paperwork as they could muster. Kevin succeeded and G partially succeeded with a more limited account which should serve our purpose – our problem (as it was in England) is that we don’t have any utility bills. A few showers yesterday but we copped some storms and heavier rain in the evening. We could see it coming.

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Jill

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