Europe 2017

MS Freshwater

Welcome to our website. It has been created to update family, friends and those interested in how we are faring with our travels through Europe. This is our forth year cruising the European Waterways. 

In 2012 we first trialled life on a boat by hiring a river cruiser on the Canal du Midi, with the plan that if things work out, to buy a good secondhand cruiser for a total change of life style. Well, we did the Canal du Midi and loved it. So we scoured the Dutch and French dockyards till we found and bought our perfect home away from home, a Dutch river cruiser we renamed "Freshwater", after our home in Sydney Australia.


In 2013 we completed our first year on the French waterways in our own boat and absolutely loved it. Originally we thought it would be like touring the French countryside by caravan, but it turned out to be much more than that. Travelling at just 8 km/h we really got to appreciate the scenery of many beautiful rivers and canals of the Bourgogne and central France, plus making lovely friends on the way.


In 2014, we picked up our boat from its winter mooring in Saint Jean de Losne. From there we cruised up the Canal du Rhoñe au Rhin to Germany (with a short train trip to Switzerland), then down the Rhine to Koblenz. There we change waterways to go up the Moselle River via Luxembourg back into France to our winter berth port of Toul. 

In 2015 we picked up our boat in Toul and travelled along along the Canal de la Meuse into Belgium and cruised into to Holland to get some work on the boat done. Then loop back again via Belgium into France and cruise through the Champagne region to again stay in Toul for next winter.

For 2016 from our winter mooring in Toul, we plan to cruise up the Moselle river to Luxembourg to fill up with fuel. Then cross the border into Germany and turn starboard up the Saar river for the loop back into France again. After a little sojourn in Paris, we’ll head again for Belgium along the Canal du Centre to be elevated 75 metres in the Strépy-Thieu Boat Lift (Europe's largest boat lift). We’ll finish the season in Holland this year, though we haven’t yet figured out where yet. We try never plan too far ahead.

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