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, 23 October 2014
20th October. Amsterdam, and shipping on the North Sea Canal while going to Zaandam.
At last we have reached Amsterdam, with stylish modern buildings on the approach to the city.
Further on, traditional styles take over.
This city mooring had a waterpoint, which was fortunate, as we were down to 4" in the tank!
Many of the streets are lined with houseboats which are said to be very expensive to purchase.
On the side canals, all of the bridges are this height, which is no problem for The Puzzzler.
Many of the houses in Amsterdam have traditional Dutch Gables.
You can stay on this hotel boat for E44.84 a night. Not a bad deal!
It was a surprise to see a submarine!
In the next dock was a Monrovian freighter.
This seemed to be a cable laying boat. We have enjoyed seeing all these different vessels at close quarters.
In the distance I was not sure whether this was a building or a boat! The barge to its right shows how big it is.
The barges approaching us did not disturb the water a great deal.
However, the swell from a barge passing us can be seen approaching, and will not be very comfortable!
As we left the North Sea canal, going on to the river Zaan, we passed this floating dry dock. The man was photographing us, as I took his picture!
In Wilhelmina lock we were in with two barges. The gravel barge stretched from way behind The Puzzler.
It carried on in front of us, and must have been nearly twice our length. The other barge was small by comparison.