Our stop in Lille was actually at Wambrechies a few kilometers down the canal. A very good stop with all facilities and a very good manager called Alain. As we tied up we realized we were moored up next to the mad Aussies Marc and Georgie.
We said goodbye the following morning and we wished them bon voyage.
It was lovely to enter this quite canal called the Roubaix, no more big commercials for a while.
The first lock where you can give a big sigh and start to really relax
You are accompanied all the way by your own set of lock keepers on this canal, and it has the feel of which is more like an English narrow gauge canal and so different from the large commercial canals we have been on lately.
Almost mystical in parts
You have to set your mind to expect slow progress along this canal, there is a whole series of locks and a variety of lifting bridges.
It took all day from 9 in the morning to 5, to do 20 kilometers , 12 locks and 7 lifting bridges. The lock keepers have their pace of doing things and they are very friendly when they take their time doing so.
We finally arrived at our favorite destination Leers Nord and the Maison du Canal.
What a stop!!
Gladys was quick to really chill, she knows this place well.
A really beautiful spot,with great facilities and a great bar/restaurant on hand , whats not to like/love.
This post was written by Terry Barrett
Photographs by Tes