May 2010 started with a voyage through North Holland and Friesland. We sailed to Alkmaar, across the Ijsselmeer to Harlingen, Leeuwarden, Dokkum, Groeningen, Grou, Sneek, then back across the Ijsselmeer to Medemblik, Alkmaar and back to Zaandam
Medieval costumes in a parade in Alkmaar
One of the many windmills in Dokkum on the magical route from Harlingen to Groeningen.
The Medemblik tram runs to Hoorn through the countryside and over many level crossings.
After drydocking, pressure wash below waterline and antifoul we sailed Eastwards, Lelystad, Blokzijl, Geethoorn, Meppel and on to Arnhem and Nijmegen.
Blokzijl quayside in Summer sunshine.
The unique memorial to Allied paratroops in Arnhem.
Nijmegen street scene.
After leaving Maastricht we sailed through Belgium in a bit of a hurry to get to Paris for Fleur’s 21st birthday. The yacht harbour in Arsenal is a wonderful experience, berthed beside the Bastille in the middle of a beautiful city.
Strepy boat lift, 240ft high and allows 1350 ton barges to travel between the Meuse and Schelde rivers.
Cergy, “Le Weekend” for Paris.
The view of Arsenal harbour from Cimarron, the Bastille in the distance.
Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses, a charming stop followed by all those locks!