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.
Thursday, 29 May 2014
24th - 25th May. The city of Utrecht.
The lower street level, beside the canal, is full of cafes.
In the evening light, the great tower of the Dom looks very impressive. At 112 metres, this is the tallest church tower in the Netherlands.
Early on Sunday, we set off to cruise round the Singel, a circular route round the edge of the inner city.
Access to the Singel is restricted by the height of the bridges.
The bridges just get lower!
Back on the main canal, going through the centre of the city, there are very few boats about this morning. The canal here is much wider.
The street lies up there above us, behind the cycles, with the houses towering even higher.
At one point, the canal goes right under the street. There is a wide bridge above us at this point.
On the way back, we found this narrow street. No space wasted here!