Wednesday evening Aug 15, Arles

Written by Jack van Ommen on August 15th, 2012

The fuel hose problem has been solved. My search this morning was good excercise but thenĀ I found a very good replacement hose on the boat. I had bought this in Holland for the propane tank to the stove. It fit perfectly and the engine is back in business. It is a scary feeling to be on a boat that has no way to propel it, no mast and a non-working engine. Particular when the boat kept bouncing on the river bottom and I felt the need to move elsewhere. I hope the water stays calm for the nigth otherwise I’ll be bouncing around and tough to sleep through it.

There are at least 10 old magnificent churches in the old city center, not one is used as such. They are turned into museums, art galleries. There are live parishes in the suburbs. Last Sunday in Marseille in this beautiful old church there were just chairs set up for a 100 or so worshippers, a great organ and organist, but the priest had no one to help him with the service. I had hoped that I would be able to experience a procession on the feast of Mary’s Assumption. Not in Arles.

This time I have enough power left for the pictures.


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