As a quick update, we left the Netherlands at the very end of Aug, made it down through France into Belgium, the canals were closed and there was no where to stay, so, back up to Belgium, across the bottom of the country. Very very industrialized, and down through France.
We ended up having to go up the Siene and went through Paris completely alone. There are no tourists and there was not another boat in sight. Very odd. Stayed for one night in Arsenal, where we'd like to spend a month next fall if we can. Had to stop for the year early as they were closing up the river we're moored in for an entire month starting the beginning of Oct, so rather more time at the dock this year than we'd hoped for, even by our travel standards, but we've landed in a nice place with super helpful friendly people.
That sais, we're still very isolated, still waiting, likely for quite a while. One striking aspect has been the complete inability to make any kind of plan. We know exactly what we will be doing for the next two and a half months, basically absolutely nothing in one small tiny part of France and then hopefully a very basic van trip down to Catalunya for a week to see youngest, hopefully!!! Then we have no idea at all. None.
Hopefully we can travel around this spring on the boat. Hopefully I will have work this summer. Don't know if we'll make it to Canada or not. Hopefully we'll be able to travel around this fall. Maybe we'll come back here next winter. Hopefully we'll be able to have Christmas together next winter. Hopefully we'll be able to go to Catalunya next winter. Hopefully we'll get the vaccine this spring or fall. Hopefully we'll see some of our family and friends in 2021.
Thank all that is good for my darling sister and her family, at least they're nearby. And we're lucky that the people in the club we're at are so great. Much to be happy for. If they don't lock us down to a 1K+1hr radius again, it'd be better. We'll see.