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.
Tuesday, 20 May 2014
15th - 16th May. Crossing the North Sea Canal and on to Haarlem. Visited Frans Hals Museum.
We were relieved when we were eventually let through.
Further on we were joined by barge Amodo in a lock. He moved very carefully when near to us.
We passed the Adriaan windmill on the way into Haarlem. It is rather different in shape to most windmills that we have seen.
The houses along the waterfront in Haarlem are very distinctive.
Even in the centre of Haarlem, we cannot get away from the big barges!
There is plenty of space in Haarlem for visiting boats. The Great Church of St Bavo's towers over the city.
Next morning we visited the Frans Hals Museum. This museum is housed in the former Haarlem Alms house.
To leave the centre of Haarlem, our route will be under this fine lift bridge.
Most bridges are plain underneath, but this one has real character!