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, 2017 and 2018, returning to Roanne each winter.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

23rd - 27th May. From Huy, up the river Meuse to Namur, then on to Profondeville.

We found free wifi in Huy town square.

While waiting below Ecluse (lock) d'Andenne – Seilles, Shannon is concerned about access to the land!
We found a space among the barges for The Puzzler to moor. In this respect Belgium is easier than Holland, where the barges are kept separate from the Sport, or pleasure boats.

On up the Meuse, which is now lined with picturesque wooded cliffs. This river was used for transportation of goods as early as Roman times.

The city of Namur lies at the confluence of the rivers Meuse and Sambre. The 17th century citadel guards this junction.
The turtle is more modern than the rest of the citadel, but gives the impression of being on guard here.
The view from the top of the citadel looks down on the River Meuse, where it is joined by the Sambre. This confluence is just beyond the car park.

The snail is the symbol of Namur, so Shannon is checking these ones out.

This fine building started by being a meat market, but has had many other uses since then. It is now a town museum.

Going on up the Meuse the cliffs alongside the river are spectacular. Look at the top of the left peak.

There are three climbers near to the top. It is a perfect place for rock climbing.

This was the most impressive house along this stretch of the Meuse, with copper beech trees to both sides of it.

The evening light at Profondeville was lovely.

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