• a broken wrist before departing France last spring
• a busy summer at home in Canada
• concentration on physiotherapy on a wrist that healed but a hand that did not and has not fully
• returning to France and low water conditions on our return route to Paris
• a 1500 km detour with much happening along the way
• a dead MacBook Air that has finally been returned to me in working condition this week
• John making 2 trips to Budapest to complete his dental work
• Organizing for hopefully our last court date in Netherlands Dec 6
• Planning around the huge general strike called for Dec 5 until ?
• Arranging to go home for over a month and finding a trustworthy care giver for Oscar and the boat.
There are my excuses. So this blog will be as few words as possible and instead is a series of pictures depicting our last 2 months and 12 days. Arriving at the boat September 18 from Frankfurt Germany until today December 3, 2019.
We are looking forward to Christmas this year at home, first in Toronto with family and friends, then to Delaware for Christmas and New Year with Michelle, Tyler and Ollie. We will stay until mid-January to give them some Ollie care help, then on to Ottawa to see Margie & Dick. We will be spending a few days at our beloved Skootamatta to enjoy home and maybe some cross country skiing, and finally back to Paris January 20.
So here are the pictures, but not all the stories. We will be happy to share some of them over a glass of wine some day
Early morning Departure September 17, Lake Skootamatta
Oscar Re-discovering The Boat
Beautiful Metz on the Mosel
Fountains Were Beneficial this Long Hot Summer in France
Still Dog Days
Rowers at the Club Where Thierry & Corrine Took Care of Forty Roses III
Traveling Down the Mosel toward Koblenz
Well Groomed and Steep
Our Route from Metz to Koblenz
Soft Autumn Colours
We have Enjoyed This River
Every Bend Another Great View Lies Ahead
Many Little Hotels
Larger Hotel and Stunning Restaurant
Best Schnitzel ever with a lovely German trocken riesling
Note the steep vineyards
Signs Delineate the Grower/Producer
So Many Picturesque Buildings
Red Geraniums Along the Wall
Many Rowers & Rowing Clubs on the Mosel
The workers and grapes are pulled up these incredibly steep slopes in baskets and when the work is done grapes and workers are lowered in the same way. See the track on the left
Jerome & John consult the chart route
Jerome's wife at the wheel
Poured Rain the Entire 350 km Trip
Constant Barge Traffic. Many 300 metres long and some as wide as 30metres. We were thankful for the experienced Captain. Blue boarding is prolific because of the current so alert watch is necessary!
The Happy Crew after arriving in Cuijk, Netherlands
Jerome Introduced us to Clever's Ice Cream, Gelato & Frozen Yoghurt. . What a Treat!
Rain Has Stopped after first night on the Maas
Oscar Meets Ramone's Lapdog!
Tree Loaded with ripe Quince
OK Say It
Walking the Dike
Magnificent Wall of Berries
Forty Roses III in the Background at Maasbommel
Hortensia the size of Dinner Plates
In a Window
Celebrating the 75th year of the Allies..Canadians. . returning Netherlands to Dutch hands.
Oscar No Longer a Kitten
A Local Beer . . .last bottle
Joke & Hans with us from Maasbommel to Maastricht
Sculptures such as this are everywhere in Maastricht
Basiliek van Onze Lieve Vrouw Sterre der Zee
Patron of the Market and the Carnival
Entering Belgium on the Meuse accompanied by Pelting Rain. Near Liège October 8
Dutch Style carries over into Belgium
Early October Colour
Stunning Sculpture called Searching for Utopia
Atop the Citadel in Namur October 10
Beautiful City of Namur, Wallonia, Belgium
Rested Here Several Days to Enjoy the Surroundings
Our Excellent Tie Up
Annevoie Castle Gardens
Great Day for a Fall Hike
Portions of the Citadel High Above
When Do We Reach Paris?
Portion of Our Route Through Belgium. The municipality of Charleroi straddles both banks of the river Sambre
No Problems with Low Water Here
Oscar Enjoys a Snooze
We are the only Boat Going Down
Look This Lift Up ; it is Spectacular Engineering
Coming Out at the Bottom. We came Down 10 Stories
Oscar Entering Home Territory: France, near Denain on the L'Escaut
Canal du Nord October 17; one month from our Canadian Departure
La Somme near Péronne is a commune of the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France.
It is close to where the 1916, first 1918 and second 1918 Battles of the Somme took place during the First World War.
Old Walls of Pèrrone
Cat At Large
Another Excellent Tie Up in Pérrone where we stayed several days
Along the Tow Path: These Jolly Dutch Fellows are heading to Marseille at the Invitation of France for a Festival of Antique Boats. No Rush They Say; Life is a Picnic
A Great Story: Man from Italy buys Boat in Netherlands to Take Home to Pisa. Many Adventures Follow
Selfie with our new friend & Neighbour Graziano
Boat, as I write, is still not in Pisa. We encourage Graziano to write a book. He has lots of material!
Flowers of Compiégne
Their Mairie Gardens are Always Colourful
Colours Soft But Lovely
Tie up on the L'Oise at L'Isle Adam
Chateau Conti: First Built in 825 and Rebuilt many times
Rich Autumn Colour
Gentle offshoot of L'Oise river
Magnificent Houses as this has always been a Retreat from Paris
From the Bridge
Interesting Park Sculpture October 29
Tucked into Our Paris L'Hivernage November 1
Sharing the Notre Dame Restoration Progress
Looking Glass of Marie Antoinette
Always A Gallery With Something Interesting. This one Feather Art
Oscar Eying the Fromage
On the green paths, visitors cross the burial places of famous men and women; Honoré de Balzac, Guillaume Apollinaire, Frédéric Chopin, Colette, Jean-François Champollion, Jean de La Fontaine, Molière, Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, Jim Morrison, Alfred de Musset, Edith Piaf, Camille Pissarro and Oscar Wilde are just a few.
A Bite Of Pear
Autobianchi Bianchina Cabriolet-1960
Our Neighbour Built This
Always Great Street Art if One Looks
Work Continues At the Bastille. Massive Crane
So Merry Christmas & a Very Happy New Year as we are off to Canada on the 17th and will return to Paris January 20, 2020