Author Archives: Ed Mortimer

About Ed Mortimer

I'm a retired school teacher, now living on my Dutch cruiser in France. I'm touring as much of the canals and river systems as I can. This blog describes what I do and where I've been. I did spend 5 years on first a narrowboat, and then this boat, in Britain.

April 20 Happy Easter!

Toul was amazing, and the canal wraps around the city walls, giving a perspective not available except by boat. We carried on and along the Moselle River for a bit, and what a difference! The river is used commercially, with … Continue reading

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April 7, 2019

The first 10 days of cruising has allowed me to really get back into the exploration of France. First with friend Steve C aboard, we headed up the Meuse towards Verdun. This is the section that I explored with Pat … Continue reading

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March 26 2019

Thanks for visiting my site! I know it has been a while, but that is because it has been a while since I moved the boat. I left in October, because my French visa was about to expire, and because … Continue reading

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Oct 21 (retro)

In searching through my photos, I found evidence of more adventures, and learning moments. Along the Meuse, a spectacular rock formation, with climbers enjoying the spectacular setting. Reminds me of when I was an avid climber, always looking for such … Continue reading

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October 13

A month of change for me. I finished up my exploration in France for this year, moving the boat to it’s winter mooring in Pont-a-Bar. I spent the last two weeks of September exploring by car with Pat and Kerry, … Continue reading

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Sept 15

Verdun We travelled further upstream on the Meuse, with many of the river meanders cut-off by canalized sections. The river flow is very slow at this time, so going upstream is not an issue. The river valley alternates between high … Continue reading

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Sept 9

Belgium and then France The Meuse. An historic route from eastern France to the sea, the Meuse is a most interesting waterway. We traveled south, up the Meuse to a spectacular mooring in Dinant, sandwiched in a narrow valley, overlooked … Continue reading

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August 31

Belgium We have toured from our entry at Antoing (Perrones), across the southern part of the province of Wallonie. After the huge locks at Perrones, we moored for the night beside another huge lock on a disused side canal, the … Continue reading

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Aug 26

Yeah! I am now officially on the way to wandering about the continent. My friends, Pat and Kerry joined me in Douai, and we spent a day going to Amiens and exploring there. The cathedral was awesome, and we also … Continue reading

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Aug 19

Hi, After a completely frustrating month and ($$$), I am back being a wandering Canuck!. I’ve left Dunkerque, where they replaced a bunch of stuff in the drive train (stern gland, main thrust bearing) , and am now, hopefully, really … Continue reading

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