I jumped ahead a wee bit on the last blog because I wanted to get a post up. Here’s a few more pictures of Avalon being lifted in. The travel hoist is an impressive bit of kit. Pictures from Jill’s (Matilda Rose) camera.
Schengen country and some paperwork was needed. This was simply noting details of the boat and was swiftly dealt with. Each party getting copies of the paperwork.
Onward then to Veurne. We had moored about half a mile from the previously mentioned lock gates. On the 17th we started off late morning for Veurne.
Once on the other side the scenery was delightful.
The next bridge was a rail bridge that lifted. Fortunately this was already up as another boat was coming through. No photos as I was busy navigating the bridge and the hire boat.
The bridges here are all controlled by a local control room as traffic has to be stopped to allow passage. This requires a call on the VHF radio to request passage.
Local knowledge informed us that we could moor for free on the other side of the swing bridge. This again involved the radio and traffic being stopped.
Veurne is quite small centred around a town square. It has all the essential local shops, bars and restaurants.