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We went through most locks without any problems even though the river was running fast (previous days rain is now adding to the normal river rises for this time of year). At 1 lock it accepted our signal from the remote and changed to red and green lights (which means get ready), but nothing happened and we could see that the lock was empty ready for us. We went back and zapped the sensor again and sure enough it opened the gates and all ...
... closed again shortly so that is why he left now. All the rain coming off the hills is making the river flow fast again and we nearly have to go full speed to get through narrow bridges. We were told the canal Ardennes is open so that helped us with our decision as to which way to go at Pont á Bar.
When we got back to ST the rain had stopped and it had cleared up a bit so ...
... interior was minimalistic, although the exterior was more appealing. Some of the monastic buildings were very modern in style resembling a 1970's school. The older buildings were from the 1800s.
It felt a bit odd to be whipping the camera out and so there aren't many photos. And none of the monks. Not even the one that looked a bit like a benevolent father christmas.
... it was way too early for the glitz and glamour of the whurlitzer and the spinning teacups. We couldn't see much of the fortifications either.
The church was large and formidable with big grey stone blocks; inside there were painted walls and some of the columns still had blue and gold painted stripes too.
... listed as having water in Catillon-sur-Sambre. It's no longer free but the 5 euro charge wasn't collected. It does have, however, water! And electricity and grey/black waste disposal points. Hurrah!
We celebrated with washing up and a wash. For the latter, Laura splashed out with 4 litres of water to get her head in the sink for a good scrub! It's usually half a litre each and a flannel.
The service point filled up quickly and by 6pm there was no room at the inn.