Weplayed hookie Saturday from boat work and rode our bikes into Rouen. We visited the Big Ship Chandlery but no luck finding 40A fuses and holder needed for the wind generator. We had a leisurely lunch at our favorite Rouen Restaurant
Le P'tit Bec on Rue de Robec. We've eaten there 3 times and have not been disappointed. Great food and personnel.
France| Rouen | St. Ouen Abbey
France | Rouen | Half timbered houses old town
France|Rouen|The Great Clock
France|Rouen| Notre Dame Cathedral
We walked around Rouen bit. We were able to visit St. Ouen Abbey for the first time. It has always been closed in the past. Beautiful interior and stain glass windows.
We made a stop at Lidl grocery store. Unfortunately our beautiful, sunny day turned into a rainy, extremely rainy, bike ride back to the boat. Of course who would think to bring a raincoat or umbrella on such a lovely day. We sat under an overhang for a half an hour before it let up a little and we braved the elements for home. Very wet but the boat is warm and dry with dehumidifier running.
Sunday we went to mass but that was about it for the day. It was rainy and windy so we stayed on board. Al had some wiring projects in preparation for our masts, we read, listened to music, and caught up on facebook :-)
Monday Christophe decided it was too windy to set the masts maybe Friday! We met some sailers from California on s/y Maggie. We saw them in Finland 2013 as we were entering Tammisaari they were leaving. We waved but never met. Back to the boat for lunch. We decided to try and find somewhere to check out of France in Rouen but after 2 days biking around to 4 different places we gave up. What will be will be. At least the sun shines so we can grill in the evenings.
France | Rouen |Port St. Gervais| Al wiring lights
May 27, 2016
We've been busy in the shop working on the masts since our arrival. Glad we have our bikes to haul things up there and to run back and forth when we've forgotten something. We bought a wind generator (Superwind from Germany) and that took some time to just install the bracket. We had difficulty running wires as our snake was too short. Nothing is a simple job. But it's done. We have all new lights on the main mast and new hailer on the mizzen. Everything was pretty dirty after a winter in the shop so I was busy polishing masts and booms today. We have a few things to finish up in the morning and then we'll be ready to step the masts on Monday morning.
France |Paris | Eiffel tower and Statue of Liberty
May 25, 2016
We said our good-byes on Sunday and left our winter berth at 0800 in the rain. We cleared the locks and headed down the River Seine for Rouen. The rain was steady but visibility was