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 November 15th, 2016

Having abandoned our attempt on the summit …….

Posted by contentedsouls on 15/11/2016

From Bray, we continued upstream for Nogents and beyond (see previous blog). By now it had become apparent that Marcilly wasn’t going to happen as it was too shallow to be navigable and, after the debacle at Bazoches lock we called it a day, turned tail and headed back downstream, passed Bray and back to Marolles. We’ve slotted into our winter cruising brains now and are in no rush to go anywhere in particular – only moving if the weather is reasonable and we’re bored with where we are.


Not bored with Marolles and it’s coypu family and it’s surrounds


Totally intrigued by what they are building across the river on the far side of the bridge; not to mention what they left swinging in the air for the entire weekend ….. only in France


From there back to Montereau, where we’ve ended up spending another week. We’d planned to leave Thursday but the weather was evil. Then Friday was the 11th, a bank holiday, and the locks were closed – at that point it made sense to stay for the market on Saturday and stock up with veg; then Sunday is a day of rest!

First, I had to get my swans in a row


Monday morning we are off to pastures new; down the Seine and hang a left onto the river Loing; we have unfinished business there.

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