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 fine. It lifted a bit as we passed the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty so I did snap a couple of pictures.
France|River Seine |Artemis exiting Chatou locks
Fortunately by the time we reached our first lock at Suresnes it was only light sprinkles. But then for the next hour or so it poured. We have about 2kts of current speeding us along at nearly 8kts. Once again as we approached the locks at Chatou the skies brightened an the real rain ended for the day. The lines are much easier to handle when locking down than when we locked up last Fall. The water leaving the locks is gentle while the water filling a lock can be quite turbulent. We had one more lock for the day at Andresy.
France|River Seine|Plaissance d'ilon|bridge
We reached our days end around 1900 Plaissance d'ilon where we tied off the hammerhead. We were here last fall so the entrance was not as scary this time. We left the main river through a narrow entrance that opens into a small pond then after a right hand turn a small bridge appears with 5m clearance. We are use to sailing with our masts up with 19m clearance so approaching this low bridge with Artemis was a bit disconcerting.
France| River Seine | Half timbered houses
France | River Seine| Mantes | Notre Dame
Tuesday May 24
We made such good progress yesterday that we decided to make today's passage a shorter one. Our marina last night was just before Mericourt locks and then we had N. D. de la Garenne locks.
France | Seine River | Les Andelys| 1196 castle
Les Andelys looked inviting with it's churches and castle. Richard the Lionheart built this castle in 1196 in one year.
We decided to go about 82 km today to Poses just above Amfreville locks. Just before our approach to Poses a boat with blue flashing light waved us over. We were a bit confused but it turned out it was VNF patrol (need a vignette to travel canals) He glanced at Artemis and spotted our VNF and waved us on. Later Al noticed I had ordered 3 days for June 23-25 not May. Oops glad the patrol didn't look more closely.
France | River Seine | Artemis moored in Poses
We took a small side channel and moored in front of Tourist Information. Nice to have the sun come out. We went for a walk around town. We stopped into visit Bord de Seine gallery and studio. What a fantastic surprise. The artist Michele Ratel is post impressionist inspired artist. Lovely work www.mratel.fr.
France|River Seine| dam by Amfreville locks
Then we had a nice walk down to the dam and hydro-electric plant. We sure wouldn't want to lose power and get pulled over this dam.
France | River Seine |Al grilling in Poses
We grilled and ate in the cockpit enjoying the birds and our quiet surroundings.
France| River Seine| Rouen|Notre Dame Rouen
Wed. May 25
We locked through our last locks at Amfreville before reaching the tidal portion of the River Seine after breakfast. We continued a fast 45km journey with tidal current to Rouen arriving just before noon.
France| Rouen| Plaissance de Rouen | Artemis
We pulled in alongside between two boats but it was a tight squeeze. So we moved to a berth close to the fuel pontoon.