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, 17 May 2014
11th - 14th May. On to Alkmaar, and then Wormer.
Moving on to Alkmaar on Monday, we found many delightful narrow streets in the old town, with a range of small shops.
The Great St. Lawrence Church is at the end of one of the canals, behind yet another lift bridge.
This tree lined walk around the old town in Alkmaar is known as a singel, which is like a moat, created by the canal.
In Alkmaar we were moored alongside a barge, on the main canal.
The Accijnstoren Tower, seen here behind the catamaran, used to be the old customs house for the working boats.
Baby coots are so cute!