September 12th, 2012

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Wednesday Sep 12 Namur

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

I made it to Namur by 4 p.m. The locks were extre,ely slow and there was a lot of traffic, pleasure and commerce. They were probably also, like myself, trying to get to eithger side of the “chomage”, the three week closure of this section of the Meuse from Namur to the French border. I put my rain coat on once and it threatened all day. Not good weather for pictures.¬† One notices a diffrence from France into Belgium. There are a lot more older and new villa’s and fancy condos along the water. Belgium has always had a higher standard of living than the neighboring countries, much of it earned in the Congo.

I started with the boat clean up and will have all of tomorrow and Friday to get things organized.

There are two American couples here who keep a power boat here in Europe. A couple from Washington D.C. and Karin and Chris from Orange County.

Etienne came by on a bicycle that had much of the versy same equipment on it as my 1966 Belgian bike that I use to ride all over Gig Harbor and Tacoma and put on the boat in 2005. I dropped it in the water in Bora Bora and that was a real sad parting. He took some photos of it with me but I forgot them in my camera, on the boat. I am sitting here on some cold stairs freezing my buns off. I promise I’ll have the picture tomorrow and you will recognize the head light, the unusual winged¬†chain guard, bell, etc…

The Namur Citade