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.
Sunday, 30 July 2017
18th - 22nd July. An early start to reach Rechicourt lock by 7.30 am. On to Parroy, Crevic and Saint-Nicolas-de-Port, before reaching Nancy.
Tuesday was our earliest start ever, as we set off at 5.30 am to complete the canal du Sarre.
Back on to the Marne au Rhin (est), this is a really pretty stretch of canal, just past the junction.
It is now sunflower time, as their heads follow the sun.
On to Rechicourt Lock 2 by 7.30. This lock was open at 7 am, but they like boats to share, so we had to wait an hour until 8.30 am, before we could descend the 15.385 metres drop.
The next night we were at Crevic, and were surprised to be on our own here, as it has always been busy here previously.
Hey, you forgot to open the side for me!
Close to, it is even more impressive.
Inside, it is the sheer height which makes it stand out for us.
Two trolleyfulls of food, and lots of diesel later, we continued on into Nancy, mooring opposite the main port. On this side it is free to moor!
We have been lucky with sunsets, haven't we?
This is the mairie, in daylight. It overlooks the famous Stanislas Square in the centre of Nancy.
At night, though, it is brought to life by the Son et Lumière.
Shannon did not like this part though, with everything falling over!
In the Museum-Aquarium de Nancy, this strange fish was the most interesting exhibit, though there were plenty more in second place!
The thunderstorm, which had been forecast, arrived a couple of minutes after I took this photo.