These are the adventures of Andy and Sally Rawnsley on their narrowboat "The Puzzler". We have been living on the boat for over nine years now and are still loving it. Our Ulster born Shih Tzu, Shannon, has grown up, and has taken over the boat! After three wonderful years in Ireland, we transported The Puzzler to The Netherlands, and spent a year there. In 2015 we went southwards, to reach the north of France by June. After glorious weather throughout the summer, we arrived in Roanne in late October, and enjoyed our winter in this friendly port. We cruised extensively in France in 2016 and 2017, returning to Roanne each winter.
Saturday, 26 April 2014
25th - 26th April. On past Hillegom and Halfweg to go through Amsterdam on King' Day, crossing the North Sea Canal.
This large hotel boat pulled in, briefly, in front of us to eject about 20 cyclists, who set off for Keukenhof, as fast as they could go.
Here is a car showroom with a difference!
On the waterway approaching Amsterdam, we were following this large barge, Adato, and wondering if we would fit into the lock with him.
Once in the lock he does not look quite so big!
The lock was big enough for this fleet of smaller boats behind us too.
There were certainly over 40 people on this boat, all having a great time.
Even the windmills are decorated with flags and orange bunting today.
These houses have the traditional Dutch shape.
The Monnickendam - Edam canal, to the north of Amsterdam, is a lovely contrast to the North Sea Canal.