SAIL Detour

Anyone else tired of that overhanging mast and accompanying, X-shaped support post getting in the way of all our photographs?  We sure are!  It’s about time we get that out of the way and…RAISE THE MAST! We spent several days at the town of Weesp, on the Vecht River, which had been our staging point…

Fun Facts

We chose to travel the Vecht River thanks to a tip from a Dutch couple who we’d met in Belgium; we’d selected it based on most direct route for our plans, little did we know at the time it is also one of the most scenic canals in Europe. Getting local information is often the best…

Domtouren, Utrecht

The day’s challenge…climb to the top of the tallest tower in the Netherlands, Dom Tower.  Challenge accepted! Just a moment, back up the boat!  One day hiking ’round the Leukermeer and the next climbing a church tower!? Well, yea, that’s the Netherlands!  Lots to see with itty-bitty spaces between.  We’d traveled 77.4nm between the Leukermeer and Utrecht;…

Anchoring, Dutch Style

It’s been over 1-year since we dropped and set an anchor from aboard S/V Rode Trip and now, for the first time along our canal travels, we had an opportunity to anchor Detour.  Just like riding a bicycle, right?  Previously we had a completely manual, fantastic system.  We’d communicated well with one another and used the same technique…

Navigating to Venlo

Traveling the Maas River into the Netherlands we’d entered a very different watery world in comparison to France and Belgium.  The river was wide and the surrounding scenery flat with scatterings of homes, trees, and livestock.  There was much commercial traffic, large locks, and oodles of pleasure boats.  We’d been maintaining a tally of commercial…

Bye, bye Belgium

Our final stop in Belgium was the city of Liege where, rather than go into the port, we found a quiet mooring place about 1-mile walk from downtown.  Liege was a bustling city!  In the photo below, an upstream view of the Meuse with the diver statue on the right marking the entrance to the port.  We…

“Oy!” from Huy, Belgium

From Dinant, we traveled 14.4 nm of the Meuse River and were lowered through six locks to end our second day in Belgium at the city quayside of Namur.  The scenery en-route reminded us of a storybook; quaint towns, cascading willows, half-timbered houses, and castles scattered here and there between.  The citadel overlooking Namur was free…

Welcome to Belgium!

From the bridge, we overlooked Detour at Givet; our last stop in France.  That evening we strolled the streets of Givet, then settled into the cockpit for a celebratory bottle of French wine as the next day’s travel would bring us into a new country.  Hard to believe we’d crossed an entire country prior to crossing an ocean!…

Dames de Meuse

The town of Laifour was simply, adorable!  I’m certain it was the setting for Belle’s “little town” in Beauty and the Beast. Laifour was also one of our most scenic stops, set in the heart of the Ardennes Mountains.  We moored at a quiet, comfortable halte fluvial (3.50-Euros). Small, stone homes with shuttered windows like these in…

Ah, RATS!

It was Saturday night in Verdun, and we were forewarned by fellow cruisers about the summer concert series along the waterfront…it would be LOUD!!  Duh!  It’s a CONCERT!  Verdun’s waterfront was crowded; boats were rafted to one another, including Detour which was rafted to M/Y Zonderzorg all the way at the end of the docks.  But, we…