June 17


the leaning bell tower in Leeuwarden. Started leaning in 1500! Still in use, though somewhat discomfiting, I think!


lake mooring east of Grou. Peaceful and a lovely way to spend an afternoon.


Just another unique boat we’ve seen…

From Dokkum, we moved southwest to Leeuwarden. A lovely city mooring, but with waterlogged lawn to jump onto to tie-up. We explored this city center, and then, after provisioning, returned aboard to move on to a very quiet lake mooring just east of Grou.

The wind changed about 140 degrees through the evening, which put us in the shelter of a few trees on the island we were tied to, and we spent a very quiet night. Kerry helped me install a new windshield wiper motor and control, which works perfectly, and helps the crew stay dry (instead of using a squeegee through an unzipped window!).


Today, we cruised a short way to Sneek (pronounced like the crawly reptile), a town where there are a large number of boat manufacturers, and where the canal through the town is a never-ending parade of all sorts of boats. We’ll stay here overnight, then move along to more cruising on the lakes of this part of Friesland.

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.
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