Blogs from Valenciennes, Nord-Pas de Calais, France, Europe


Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Valenciennes October 10th 2017

We must be in the Irish region of France as Murphy has been everywhere today. We awoke to find that French public servants had pulled a lightening strike and the lock operators had not turned up for work. Uncertain as to when the strike would be lifted Henry decided that we should head off for our bike ride and check in with Chiel later in the day to see whether we should return to Valenciennes or continue on to Tournai. We were berthed right in the middle of Valenciennes but were just resting against three pillars so poor old Chiel had to manoeuvre the boat to align the offload point with the jetty. This was an exacting task which involved much friendly banter (in Dutch) between Chiel and Jantien (forward deck hand aka chef). After completing ... read more
Gare du Valenciennes
Valenciennes Town Hall facade
Miner's cottages

Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Valenciennes October 9th 2017

Chiel made a terrible mistake today - he said the weather was going to be perfect but cold. He was wrong - it was perfect and warm!! The ride was also extremely enjoyable. 50km of tracks alongside the Canal de St Quentin and across very gently undulating countryside. You will note from my pictures that the land usage has swung from crops to livestock. Henry did superbly today when he took us into Cambrai for morning tea. Some of our group (who should remain nameless, shouldn't they Jenny and Kerrie?) had what the French describe as cappuccinos with lashings of whipped cream on top. Divine!! (so I'm told :-) ) After Cambrai, we continued on the canal tow paths for some time before stopping for lunch near a lock. By this time, the sun was out ... read more
Maureen and the ever-vigilant Jonathan
Swans and Cygnets on the canal
Jenny and her 'small' coffee

Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Valenciennes July 21st 2014

Vannacht sliep ik bijzonder slecht, ik heb levendiger gedroomd dan ik in jaren deed en het was allemaal verschrikkelijk naar. Ik vermoed dat het komt doordat we niet meer blowen, want Taric had het ook. We ontbijten, halen onze stempel in het dorp en eten nog een pizzabroodje, alvorens onze tassen te pakken en naar Valenciennes te reizen, waar we tien over zes voor het 'Information de Tourisme' staan, tien minuten te laat voor een stempel. We besluiten in de McDonalds op internet een hostel in Parijs te zoeken, we zijn helemaal klaar met noord Frankrijk. Als ook nog blijkt dat we een ticket hebben gekocht voor morgen zakt de moed ons pas echt in de schoenen. We gaan zitten op een bankje voor het station en besluiten een hotel op te zoeken. Ik zie een ... read more

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