We were slow timing it towards Strasbourg for a DBA Rally, so often we would only do 3 hours a day when travelling. We crossed the border near Givet but didn't see any signs to show it.
We passed through the Revin tunnel at dusk and a fellow bargee let us raft up in the adjacent marina. A good stop as there was a giant Intermarche about 100 metres away. A late start therefore towards Chateau Regnault where we moored to a concrete landing with some Dutch boats - as the largest boat we ended up with another one rafted up. We are going to miss all the English speakers as we move further into darkest France.
Although we are both moderately competent, Angela has dodgy knees for scrambling over the boat and pontoons/banks, add in a a more cautious (aka safe) temperament and we decided that Angela should officially become the Helmswoman/Radio Op and Peter (with a strong right arm) the Deckcrew.
Off through Pont a Bar to Mouzon where we got cut up by a small Dutch boat, who stole our mooring while we were manouvring to reverse in (grump). We found another one but no electricity. An attractive town with a nice Abbey church.
|Mouzon Abbey church|
Carried on south to Duns sur Meuse, where we met Roy and Beryl Ramsay on Vrouwe Catherina for the first time (also en route to Strasbourg). Then off to Verdun where we did the conventional sightseeing - not sure getting a million men chopped up is that Gloire though.
Downhill to Toul - Peter managed to trap a bow rope in one of the ecluses so quickly cut it clear - a splicing job for Angela. Into the marina at Toul - a bit tight - met up with Vrouw Catherina again and a friendly french barge also heading for Strasbourg. Checked out the fortifications and Cathedral and after an idle weekend headed towards Nancy. No moorings en route, so a long flog into the Nancy outskirts (through the grottiest ecluse to date incl dead goat, birds and ?). Found a free mooring close to the centre but no utils.
|Place Stanislaus Nancy|