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.
Monday, 31 July 2017
23rd - 31st July 2017. From Nancy via the Moselle to Toul, then on to Pargny-sur-Meuse.
Further out of town, the French really make use of the hillside, giving these houses a splendid view.
The Moselle brings commercial barges alongside The Puzzler.
This is a huge river.
This castle is bigger than it looks at first!
This fortified gateway was built at the same time as the canal, thus adding to the town fortifications.
St Etienne cathedral was built between the 13th and 16th centuries, and is dominated by its octagonal towers, which are 66 metres high.
This piggie waterspout was to be found in the cathedral cloisters.
The other large church in Toul is Saint-Genoult, which also has an interesting tower.
The gardens of this church lie within its cloisters, and are very tranquil.
As we leave Toul, having moored below the marina this time, our flowers are still in good heart.
The mooring at Pargny-sur-Meuse is very pleasant. This is normally a busy place, but not today.
The only view of the church in Pargny-sur-Meuse is from the other side of the village, from the canal, as it closely surrounded by houses.
Inside, it is much simpler than the large churches in Toul, but is very peaceful.
On the walls are many carved reliefs of the story of the crucifixion of Jesus.