Homeward bound

Our final week cruising this season saw us returning from Belgium to the Netherlands to leave the boat for the northern winter. Leaving Liège, after Tommo and Sally left Notre Vie, we decided to take the more scenic route down the Meuse River to Maastricht rather than the Albert Canal. At Monsin lock, the first […]

Going Up!

Peruwelz to Liege Sailing to from Peruwelz to Mons, to meet our final visitors for the season, we were saddened to see an increase in the amount of rubbish – bottles, paper, and even several large full, black rubbish bags – floating in the canal! We had seen very little debris of ‘a man made […]

Down the Leie

The next part of our journey took us from near Nieuwpoort, around Bruges, back towards Ghent and south down the Leie river. Travelling back around Bruges we had to share a semi circular lock with a very large barge – it was so big that the lifting bridge couldn’t close whilst the barge was in […]

Diamonds and Frites

Whilst in the Limburg region, Ragna, an ex exchange student from Germany – now a “second daughter” – drove 5 hours from Hamburg to join us for a weekend. It was good to see her again – the last time was when she joined us in Vanuatu when we were cruising on “Alibi” in 2013. […]

Drama at the Bridge!

There are thousands of opening bridges in the Netherlands, and many in Belgium. A few are swing bridges, usually for the railway tracks, some are “Hefbrugs” where a section of the road is lifted up vertically  – sometimes as high as 24 metres, but most are Bascule Bridges. These are counterweighted bridges and vary from […]

The Amstel and the Vecht

Robert and Ruth – old friends from the UK – joined us in mid June, and we did a 10 day round trip of about 160km with them. On the Oude Rijn river from Zwammerdam to Woerden we passed 2 bridges where we had to pay the ‘clog toll’ or Brug geld. The larger bridges […]