This report is a bit delayed, because after we left Paris we had a bit to do prior to heading back to Palma for a months work before Christmas and so the kids can enjoy the final month of the year at school.
We motored out of Paris on the 21st November and motored up the Seine to Canal De Loing. We had passed some beautiful country side, and some amazing mansions. We noticed that there are some areas that are dedicated to the rich and famous with mansions on one side of the river and forest lands on the other side of the river. In the forest we could see the other side of society, with a few neat shanty towns and tents pitched amongst the trees.
We arrived in Canal De Loing on the afternoon of the 22nd November and started to clean the boat up and get her ready for some chilly winter days ahead. Our berth is near Emilies fathers boat in Morey Sur Loing near Fontainebleau, about one hours car drive from Paris.
The morning of the 23rd was busy as I had to clean and winterise the entire boat, and while Emilie packed the bags and packed away all the bedding to make sure it would stay 100% dry in our absence. I have never left a boat in a location that has the potential to ice over, so I paid particular attention to draining all the water lines, closing all the sea cocks, and clearing out any moisture or condensation I could find in the pipes and throughout the boat. The forecast was for snow over the next week so we were think we have timed our temporary departure well.
Once the boat was cleaned we visited Phillippe for lunch on his boat then went to the train station. Issy and Max loved the train ride to Paris. I was glad we left early as it was chaos in the Paris train station, but we made it to the airport in plenty of time, and caught the plane back to Palma Mallorca.
Depending on the temperature in January we may head back to the boat for a few weeks after Christmas, otherwise it may have to be after March. Fingers crossed the world has come back to more normality then!
Thanks for reading our blogs, I hope you enjoyed them. Please keep in touch. Rich, Em, Issy, Max.