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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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Another encounter with the Gendarmerie

Posted by contentedsouls on 26/01/2015

Well the snow has gone and been replaced by rain. Apart from our visit to the market, we never did get to see Bar le Duc. Never mind – it’s charms await us on another visit.

We went to an out of town shopping area today to fill the jerry cans and pick up a few bits as we’ll not have the car for awhile now. On leaving a shop and returning to the car, we were met by the Gendarmerie who wanted to know if it was our vehicle. We responded with our usual, ‘we’re English, please could you speak slowly’. They immediately made the association that we were the people on the boat it seems we have earned a certain notoriety. It’s not rocket science for them to have worked out we were English – right hand drive car with a GB sticker on – they’d clearly clocked the Red Ensign on the boat and had seen the car parked near it before. Evidently the car had been reported as a ‘suspect vehicle’. I can understand that they’re a bit jumpy at the moment, but I can’t see a terrorist drawing attention to themselves by driving an English car; if you wanted to merge into the background a French motor home would be the ticket. There are still loads of motor homes about.

We paid £0.85p per litre for good, white fuel today. It’s gone up a little but it’s still pretty good.

On the move tomorrow in, I suspect, full wet weather gear looking at the forecast but we do need to be a little mindful of the time now. Hey ho, at least it’s warmer. My apologies for the lack of pictures but the charger for my camera has broken. Sue and Vic are bringing a new one out for me, I’ve dug out the old camera for tomorrow.

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