Wonderful Wales – part one

Hello everyone and welcome to the latest blog on the Olivia Rose Diaries on September 17th 2021. This week we have been on the coast in west Wales, staying in a small campsite with friends just outside the charming, immaculate, expensive and very touristy village-come-small-town of Newport. We arrived on a grey and wet dayContinue reading “Wonderful Wales – part one”

Getting to grips with travelling

It is 7.30am and I am standing on the deck of the Brittany Ferries ship ‘Cap Finistere’ as she sails across the Bay of Biscay from Bilbao to Portsmouth. The sea is like a mill pond, black and sluggish below the grey skies of early morning. There is an orange glow on the horizon thatContinue reading “Getting to grips with travelling”

A religious experience

Hello and welcome to the latest blog on September 3rd 2021. This has been a momentous week for us as our trip back to the UK is now booked and feels like it might actually happen. We depart from Bilbao on September 7th on the overnight crossing to Portsmouth. We usually take the Eurotunnel butContinue reading “A religious experience”

Back to Le Shack and a sense of déjà-vu

Hello and welcome to the latest blog on August 27th 2021 We arrived back at Le Shack on Tuesday afternoon. We’ve only been gone two months but it doesn’t take nature long to re-establish itself. For those of you who have followed us as we gradually reclaimed this wilderness since we moved in late lastContinue reading “Back to Le Shack and a sense of déjà-vu”

Drama on the quayside and the end of the season

Hello and welcome to the latest blog on August 20th 2021 Because we spend so much of our boating life on the move we have less opportunity to make relationships with people than we did when we led a more settled life. There simply isn’t the time to get to know each other, but thatContinue reading “Drama on the quayside and the end of the season”

A bargain at half the price

Hello and welcome to the latest blog on August 13th 2021. I thought I would begin this blog by talking briefly about money and to give you an idea of what it costs to cruise the French waterways. We have been cruising for 42 days, or six weeks, a nice round number to analyse. ThereContinue reading “A bargain at half the price”

Besancon -old memories, new memories.

Hello and welcome to the latest blog on 6th August 2021 as we explore Besançon and head on back down the Doubs. We visited Besançon around ten years ago on one of our tours in our beloved old Hymer motorhome. It’s not a place you forget. The old town is contained within a loop ofContinue reading “Besancon -old memories, new memories.”

Tranquility – a state of mind or a function of place?

Hello everyone and welcome to the latest blog on July 30th 2021. This week we left the River Saône and turned onto the Canal du Rhône au Rhin. This takes us in a north easterly direction, the opposite way that we want to go to reach our winter port, but we have some spare timeContinue reading “Tranquility – a state of mind or a function of place?”

River wide, river deep

Hello and welcome to the latest blog on the Olivia Rose Diaries on July 23rd 2021. My blog last week ended in Fontenoy, close to the southern end of the Canal des Vosges, where we waited for the canal to be cleared of fallen trees. The next stage of our journey would be back ontoContinue reading “River wide, river deep”

Haven’t I been here before?

Hello and welcome to the latest blog on July 16th 2021. We began our week moored up in Epinal on the Canal des Vosges. This will be our fifth year of cruising and in that time we have visited so many towns and villages and stayed in so many ports and rural moorings, that IContinue reading “Haven’t I been here before?”