We are waiting for my daughter to arrive with her family so I thought it would be a good opportunity to update the blog, I really dont know where the past 10 days have gone!!!
We returned to Lagny from Meaux to await Dominy's arrival, as we werent that impressed with the town moorings there. We have met people who did stay there and they said it was rather noisy and there were several people sleeping rough there. Not really what I want the little ones to see on their holiday.
lundi 21 mai 2012
Thought I would take this opportunity to update the blog as rain has stopped play today.... It was pouring hard when we woke up and it just hasn't stopped, so much as we would like to finish our time on the Seine we have stayed put with hopefully only a day's travel to our adventure on the Marne beginning. The Seine is massive and the nearer we got to Paris the more industrialised it became with our encountering huge giants of boats which don't even seem to see us. I can't say we have enjoyed the Seine which we were both looking forward to so much. It is a full time job just staying alive, the current is so strong and the locks are massive and very unfriendly, give us canals anyday!
The pontoon was a bit small for us but we just managed to fit on it. We thought only for one night but as I said earlier we are here two due to the very wet weather!! I did think I would do the ironing but Patrice tried to put me off the idea.......
mercredi 16 mai 2012
We left Sens nice and early today as wanted to get some Kms under our belt today, but we were held up at the first lock waiting for this massive beast to lock through before we were allowed to enter!! It really made us feel like a toy boat!
The river is still in full flow, not helped by the huge downpour we had yesterday at Sens, cutting short our sight seeing trip. It means that we are making really good time for my daughter's visit to us at the end of the month, which at least means she wont have such a long trip as she had last year!
mardi 15 mai 2012
Well, having left Auxerre as expected on 29th March we took the boat to the boatyard in migennes and returned to the UK for Easter with our respective families. We returned to France 15.04.12 and were unable to unpack the car as we had been put the other side of 2 massive hulks in the boatyard, so we moved around to the basin in Migennes for a couple of days before setting off on our summer travels. Then it rained and rained and rained..... and the River Yonne was shut to all boating as the river was in full flood. we kept asking the eclusier who eventually said that we could go the next day... So we packed up, got into the lock and then were told that the river was still forbidden....... so we had to go backwards out of the lock and returned to our mooring in the basin again. After a further 10 days we were told we could go so finally on the 12th may 2012 we set off on our travels.... I took a few pictures in Migennes so here they are with a brief description of what they are about!!!!
John hanging about by the dustbins with the " dustbin raiders" from left to right, John, Jean, Patrice and Bernard.
Bernard's mum wearing a hat I had thrown out in the bin which Jean (not to be confused with John) had rescued from the bin and given to her!!! They sure take recycling very seriously in Migennes!!