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 2015
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Posted by contentedsouls on 14/05/2015

We thought that we would have Thursday and Friday to explore Abbeville – Friday being VE day and a National holiday in France. National holiday = lock closures. We found out through a chance phone call that the locks would actually be open so I had to pack everything into the one day as it was decided to move on on the Friday.

We started by going down through 1 lock, winding and returning through the lock as, unlike Temujin, we were too long to wind above it. The lock was booked for 10 am and we left at 10 to 10. As we left, they rang June (!!!!?) to ask where we were. It took 3 of them to manage that little operation, bless ‘em.

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Winding accomplished, I set off across the road for a fairly major supermarket shop – so major that I had to phone G to come across with the car to help me carry it back. We, finally, managed to understand the (to us) very confusing special offer system and found a good deal on both chicken and beer. Just because you understand the words doesn’t mean that you know how it works! Having dumped the perishables in the fridge we set off into town in search of our poste restante mail. No sign of it at the post office, which is often a problem, as it often turns out to have been there all the time but it would be rude to ask them to look again! This time though the helpful lady suggested we try the other branch at the other end of town. Success.

After trying, and failing, to change our wifi arrangement and getting the new flea and tic collars for the menagerie (found the first tic of the season on Muttley’s nose) I left G to it and went and indulged in a little retail therapy and to have a look around the huge market.

By the time I returned, put the rest of the shopping away, walked the dogs and made a late dinner, Kurt and Bente turned up on their B & B Luxmotor. A quick shuffle of MR (the little French boat had left) and there was room for all. I slept well.

We could have done with 2 more days really; 1 for shopping/exploring and 1 to take the little steam train ride round the coast but we’re starting to have to be a bit careful with the time now as our blacking appointment looms.


2 Responses to “Abbeville”

  1. Kevin TOO said

    What “little steam train ride round the coast” prey tell…


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