The European inner waterways in summary

Numbers are always fun, so here are a few summarizing our trip through the European inner waterways.

We had the mast removed in Breskens on the North Sea coast in the Netherlands on the 15th of July, and had it put up again in Port Napoleon on the Mediterranean coast in Southern France on the 23rd of September. This makes a total of 71 days, but only 35 days of sailing. Continue reading

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Beautiful la Meuse

We had only just arrived in Hasselt, when the harbour master came down to suggest how we could tests the broken gear box – unfortunately we had already made those tests, which had made it clear that the problem was inside the gear box. Which sucked. Because it’s not easy getting it out, and we were gonna need some professional help. Continue reading

Starting the trip on the inland waterways; Antwerp and the Albert Canal

We arrived in Antwerp Sunday night, and had high hopes for an exciting Monday. But it turned out that almost everything is closed in Antwerp on Mondays. We took a walk through the old town anyways, and Mattis soon started asking questions about Jesus. At first we were puzzled about his newfound religiousness, but soon realized that it was due to the many statues of virgin Mary and baby Jesus. Coming direct from Holland, Antwerp really somehow had a very different feel, like we had arrived in southern Europe. Continue reading