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... weather kept changing into the evening with torrential downpours and Steve went dancing in it just for the hell of it with Sasha and Ella joining in for a minute or two. They were absolutely soaked!
The evening meal was a risotto cooked by Isi with her bad back but feeling a bit easier, accompanied by more massive thunder and rain storm.
We played Rummikub again and a bit of reading once both cheeky monkeys were in ...
... We had lunch and then were on our way towards the Strepy boat lift which we will do tomorrow. The girls wanted to clean the decks as we went along and made a very good job of them too!
When we arrived at Thieu we could see the Strepy boat lift and through the lock on to the "ancient canal" we could see one of the old boat lifts which reminded us of the Anderton boat lift in Cheshire. We called up the lock on the VHF ...
Friday 1st August 2014
When we woke up John didn't feel too well, weak and tired even though he had a good night’s sleep. He even went without breakfast, just drinking water instead, which is unheard of usually. Isi had a twinge in the back so suggested we stay put for another day and get the washing done and usual catch up chores as well as seeing Mons itself.
Steve, Nanka, Sasha and Ella were in touch this morning ...
Woke up at 7 in the morning, although I slept at 4am. Packed my stuff till quite late, thinking what I need to bring since this trip will last 24 days. After everything is ready, Grace and I left house at 9am, arrive King's Cross St Pancreas at 9.40am. Collected our Eurostar ticket booked online from the ticket machine, and there is still 1.5 hours till our train ...
Today also began very early because we requested a 6:30 wake up call so that the students could have breakfast before boarding our two level bus for Vimy Ridge. Lopuck received his wake up call a little earlier because I was snoring really badly. I woke up a bit stuffy but felt better than yesterday. After breakfast I grabbed a double espresso to help keep me awake. Vimy Ridge is located in the north of France just outside Arras, so it took us about 2 1/2 hours to get there. On the way, ...