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The Grand Gabarit: Béthune to Douai

When we started planning our route through France we figured that we’d want to minimize our time major commercial waterways. The commercial routes, we imagined, would be sterile concrete-lined channels choked with massive cargo carrying barges. 560 more words


Glaciers, Geocaching, and Greenland Goals

I thought it silly when my wife suggested to go geocaching with her. She told me it was to hunt for treasures and as a professor of physical ocean science and engineering this was not for me. 818 more words


The Grand Gabarit: Béthune

Just off of the Grand Gabarit in Béthune there’s a single unserviced mooring pontoon for passing pleasure boats at the Port de Plaisance. We were fortunate enough to find this pontoon empty when we arrived and took advantage of the free mooring for the night. 263 more words


Ownership in Wild Dunes on a Budget

Owning a second home or investment property in Wild Dunes may not be as far out of reach as you might think.  Sure, you can spend over $2 million if you choose, but there are also opportunities available to get in for less than $400k. 294 more words

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Canal de Calais and the River Aa: Calais to Watten

Once we had Wanderlust safely tucked into the Calais’ Port de Plaisance we had a number of things to do. Our dog Gigi needed to be liberated from her foster parents in Canterbury England. 709 more words


Waterway Dreams

Finally, a year after she was launched on the Thames, Wanderlust reached France. At her bow was Europe’s network of inland waterways. France alone has over… 264 more words


The Crossing: The Weather and the Wait

Numerous things must be done in order to take a barge such as Wanderlust across the English Channel. As a requirement of the insurance, a qualified skipper must be in charge. 1,332 more words