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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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Laifour

Posted by contentedsouls on 08/05/2017

What a sad decline here since we last passed through just over 3 years ago. Northern France has become an immensely sad place now – so run down that they even have to tie down their telegraph poles.

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The electric bournes at the pretty little Halte Fluviale have been removed and plated over; it would seem that the village is now too poor to provide electric and too poor to pay someone to collect money for said electric/moorings. The shop, butcher, baker and candle stick maker have all gone; even the depot de poste is no more.

The locals still strive to cheer up their run down village though

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VNF are still pouring money into replacing the old, labour intensive, pin wheel weirs with the new automatic ones but the work is being carried out by Belgians

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Whilst out and about avec the Mutts I saw this large barge, flying a red duster, pass us. I took a photo because seeing another boat was unusual and, also, because the name looked vaguely familiar.

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There was nowhere here for Kevin to park his motorhome either, so Sunday morning we retraced our steps to Montherme. This turned out to be a good plan for a number of reasons. Not before I had a final poke around though.

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PS Wi-Fi courtesy of the nearby port at Anserenne

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9 Responses to “Laifour”

  1. how sad although the pictures make it look idyllic

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  2. vallypee said

    That’s what we noticed, Jill. Everything in northern France is in a major state of cut backs and depression. It made me very sad, but the people were still lovely!

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    • When we first came across though Flanders then into Wallonie and northern France, the latter two areas looked so sad compared to Flanders. Now, 3 years later, Wallonie looks so upmarket compared to northern France which has deteriorated even further. Flanders and Holland are going to look positively opulent.
      We also have found lovely people – they seem to be accepting of their fate rather than depressed.

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  3. andywindy said

    Oh dear, the ever present problem of Telegraph and Power poles threatening to turn feral and escape back into the forest! it would seem

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    • andywindy said

      Damned send button! It would seem that simply burying the base of that one in a concrete boot was not enough, it must be a repeat escapee! I wonder what the people in that house next to it are running, that’s some orange flex.

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      • You do make me laugh – I have images of cartoon style telegraph poles with legs charging around the countryside.
        I think the house with the orange flex runs the grid for a 50 mile radius (and probably harvests quite a lot of dope – if they get raided now it will be all your fault).

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      • andywindy said

        Looking at the map of your journey in the near future, you pass by a large Nuclear facility… Maybe that particular power line is a direct one, paid for by the drug barons?

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    • That would explain it!

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