April 2013 Our Return to France

In March after a number of months of negotiating, we reached an agreement with an Australian couple to purchase JoLi’ Folie. Part of the sales contract is contingent upon a survey of the hull of the vessel that requires the barge to be in dry dock. Since there were very few yards that could haul a barge of our weight and size we had made reservations in October of 2102 to be hauled just over the border in Belgium the beginning of June.

The journey north to the yard is about 5 long days; but surprise, surprise the VNF was closing the last lock before the border for regular maintenance just prior to our scheduled haul-out. This necessitated us to leave our home-port of Cergy much earlier than planned so we could get through the lock before it closed. This meant that we would be “hanging at the border” for about 10 days prior to our scheduled date at the yard.

The last few days prior to our departure were filled with eating our final meals at our favorite haunts.

What a treat it was for us not to have masses of baggage to haul over to France.

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That’s all we had!

Our traditional first night meal back onboard JoLi'

Our traditional first night meal back onboard JoLi’

Settled back onboard after a couple of days of grocery shopping.

Settled back onboard after a couple of days of grocery shopping.

Two days after we landed, Lisa was brocanting.
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Lisa was thrilled to be back in France in time for the “mother of all brocantes”… Amiens. 
Patty and Don came in to Paris so that she and Patty could go together. 
Even getting up at 4:30am didn’t dampen their spirits
They had a blast!

After Amiens, it was down to business getting JoLi’ provisioned and prepared for the journey to Belgian yard. Of course, that was only 6 days a week, as Lisa squeezed out a couple more brocantes on Sundays until right before our departure.