These are the adventures of Andy and Sally Rawnsley on their narrowboat "The Puzzler". We have been living on the boat for over eight 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, returning to Roanne for a second winter.


Thursday, 29 May 2014

24th - 25th May. The city of Utrecht.

The streets of Utrecht are full of bicycles, like all towns in The Netherlands. The main canal can be seen below the road at a lower level.


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.
Having returned to our previous mooring, we then walked across the city, to find the Railway Museum, which was very interesting. There were many old Dutch steam trains there.


On the way back, we found this narrow street. No space wasted here!
We sailed through the centre of the city again, and by mid afternoon the cafes are getting busy. There are several boats about too, making it more interesting through the bridges!
On the way out, we passed through this lock. The whole area shown is one immense lock, dropping us about a foot down to the river below. We sailed on out of the city.

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