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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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Archive for January 30th, 2015

Contrisson to Pargny-sur-Sauix

Posted by contentedsouls on 30/01/2015

6 locks, 9 kms

I think we’ve gone stark staring bonkers. Moved again today to get to civilisation for the weekend. Driving snow and reached the first lock – we’re on the, supposed, automatics now – and when we broke the beam the lock didn’t go to ‘set’. At this stage G resembled a snowman. A quick phone call and all was well and we were soon joined by our VNF lady escort. All the locks were against us and, so, she pre-set them to our favour before we arrived at each one. We were a little concerned that the carte said that the moorings at Pargny were for a max of 11 metres (we’re 20), but thought we might get in anyway at this time of the year. We need not have worried – a stonking great peniche and a small cruiser were already on the moorings, so we’re back on gang planks again. This must be something of a record; this is the second consecutive day that I haven’t put a foot off of the boat. I don’t do the skinny gang plank.

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