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About khodges2013

Alan and I divide our time between our apartment in Christchurch, New Zealand, and our 11.5m Dutch Cruiser, Silver Fern, on the canals in France. We started out hiring and eventually bought our boat in 2014. The two summers lifestyle is wonderful and we feel very lucky!

Chalons-en-Champagne to Vraincourt. Farewell to vineyards. We’ll miss you…

July 27-August 5, Chalons-en-Champagne. As I mentioned in my last post the Canal Entre Champagne et Bourgogne had a bridge closure, stopping all traffic for about 10 days and so we tied up on one of the pontoons in Chalons … Continue reading

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Mareuil sur Ay to Chalons en Champagne via Reims. 

Saturday July 22nd. It was a long day. We departed Mareuil-sur-Ay early, 8am, in convoy with the Australian boat Le Piglet. We were both heading up the Canal de l’Aisne à la Marne to Sillary. Along this shortish canal the … Continue reading

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La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre to Mareuil-sur-Ay via Epernay. Favourite places revisited. 

Saturday July 15. We departed La Ferté-sous-Jouarre at 8am. It was a pleasant day for cruising, warm but not too hot. We had a couple of locks that weren’t working, the first one of the day and the last. Both … Continue reading

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Paris, au revoir. The return up the Marne to Lagny-sur-Marne and La Ferté-sous-Joyarre

Friday July 7th. Paris. We were loving being in the heart of Paris and sharing it with family. Alan and Georgie took a hop-on hop-off Batobus boat, checking out the sights along the Seine and in the evening we caught … Continue reading

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Lagny-sur-Marne to Paris. We made it!

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La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre to Lagny-sur-Marne. Colds and bad weather? Still France, still fabulous. 

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Cumières to La-Ferte-Sous-Jouarre. Vineyards and heatwaves. 

Monday June 19. Cumières was an excellent stop for us. The beautiful wine village of Hautvillier a highlight of the season so far. But it was time to move on so we cast off and headed downstream. The engine water … Continue reading

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