Boats and boats and more boats! (part 2)

Here are a few more pics of funny and/or interesting boats we have seen on our boating travels on the inland waterways through Netherlands, Belgium and France.

Antwerp – Willemdok Havenmeester

This was a one off – in Antwerp the Harbour Master, complete with white uniform and stripes meets al…

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Shangri La at Macon-ville

Boats and boats and more boats! (part 1)

So here we are, well into May. Normally by now I would have
done masses of route planning and have our 3 months cruising all set, as well
as wintering possibilities for the end of the year.

But Shangri La has a new owner and we are boatless!

I am a mixture of completely devastated and yet com…

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Paray le Monial just outside the town

2018 Shangri La cruising – Season review

What a season it was! Great from the point that we sold Shangri La to a good home, and that we achieved a reasonable price. Not so good from the cruising point of view.

Map with 2018 cruising route

With regards to the first point – when we bought Shangri La
at the end of 2012, I said that we …

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Gilly wild stop

Shangri La - The Final Episode - Part 2

Thursday 30th August to Monday 24th September

Part 2 – The sale of Shangri La

About a week after we left the boat  in July (see South of France and Sojourn in England), I had a message from the H2O broker that we already had an offer on Shangri La, obviously subject to survey, which I then ac…

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Shangri La with radar arch and aft awning down

Shangri La - The Final Episode

Thursday 30th August to Monday 24th September

Part 1 – The cruising

Shangri La at fuel jetty – St Jean

The final episode on Shangri La was somewhat of a
rollercoaster ride, with loads of mixed emotions – happiness, sadness, relief
and frustration!

I had hoped to have a pleasant three w…

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Sunset in Gray

Sojourn in England

27th Julyto 29th August

Bath

Bath – River Avon

There are several reasons for this month long sojourn in England. The main reason was to do the 2 -week Demuth’s Vegan Cooking Diploma Course in Bath.

As any regular reader will know, we follow a plant-based diet and are always looking for …

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Looe - Cornwall, England

“There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” … as the Water Rat said to the Mole in “Wind in the Willows”. And how right he was! I hope I can share the pleasures of boating by recording the trips myself and my wife Karen have taken on the journey to actually buying our boat, and now on our very own Dutch Steel Motor Cruiser, Shangri-La 2.

This blog is an online journal of my various boating activities that have happened over the last few years, from the numerous boating holidays we have taken, some interesting work related events and the journey to buying our own boat

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Latest Adventures

More interesting boats! (part 2)

Here are a few more pics of funny and/or interesting boats we have seen on our boating travels on the inland waterways through Netherlands, Belgium and France. Antwerp – Willemdok Havenmeester This was a one off – in Antwerp the Harbour Master, complete... read more

Boats and boats and more boats! (part 1)

So here we are, well into May. Normally by now I would have done masses of route planning and have our 3 months cruising all set, as well as wintering possibilities for the end of the year. But Shangri La has a new owner and we are boatless! I am a mixture of... read more

2018 Shangri La cruising – Season review

What a season it was! Great from the point that we sold Shangri La to a good home, and that we achieved a reasonable price. Not so good from the cruising point of view. Map with 2018 cruising route With regards to the first point – when we bought Shangri La at the end... read more

Shangri La – The Final Episode – Part 2

Thursday 30th August to Monday 24th September Part 2 – The sale of Shangri La About a week after we left the boat  in July (see South of France and Sojourn in England), I had a message from the H2O broker that we already had an offer on Shangri La, obviously subject... read more

Shangri La – The Final Episode – Part 1

Thursday 30th August to Monday 24th September Part 1 – The cruising Shangri La at fuel jetty – St Jean The final episode on Shangri La was somewhat of a rollercoaster ride, with loads of mixed emotions – happiness, sadness, relief and frustration! I had hoped to... read more

Sojourn in England

27th Julyto 29th August Bath Bath – River Avon There are several reasons for this month long sojourn in England. The main reason was to do the 2 -week Demuth’s Vegan Cooking Diploma Course in Bath. As any regular reader will know, we follow a plant-based diet... read more

South of France

Monday 16th July to Friday 27th July South of France There are a number of reasons for this little trip – we would have loved to have done it aboard Shangri La, but the trip down the Rhone is not taken lightly, especially if you want to come back up again. Also, down... read more

Chalon-sur-Saone – and on to St Jean-de-Losne

Chalon-sur-Saone Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th July As much as it is wonderful to have friends on board, it is lovely to have the boat all to ourselves. We had three lovely relaxing days in Chalon – a meal at our favourite vegan eatery – La Pierre Vie, shop ups at... read more

Having friends on board

Friday 29 June to Tuesday 3 July St Leger to Chalon-sur-Saone Friday was a catch up with cleaning the boat, shopping and getting ready for Karen’s friend Linda joining us. St Leger is a lovely stopping place. It is a Locaboat hire base so has all the amenities. The... read more

Digoin to St Leger-sur-Dheune

  Monday 25th June – Digoin to Paray-le-Monial Lovely late start to the day. Topped up the water tanks. Last shop up at E LeClerc and a visit to Tourist Office for wifi. Mainly to send emails to H2O in St Jean de Losne to set up meetings for a few repairs we need... read more

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My love of boats goes back to my early years when I went on holiday with my parents to Knysna in the Cape. We stayed at a hotel on stilts, and I played in rowing boats and little motor boats on the lagoon.

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