After leaving Saint Florentin on the 19th of April we did some eleven(!) locks that day. The time we need to negociate a lock is duly written down in our logbook, mostly not a lot more than 10 minutes. This particular lock is named 'Villiers-Vineux', charmingly situated in the middle of nowhere. We arrived at 11:45AM and left 1:00PM - so we needed one hour and a quarter! Well, the (friendly) lock keeper let us in, filled the lock, opened the upper gates and asked us not to leave for one hour. He had three reasons, being (1) he is entiteled to have a lunch break from noon till 1:00PM, (2) if we should leave the lock a boat just behind us could get the impression that he would be serviced (which of course absolutely had to be avoided under the circumstances) and (3) the next, nearby, lock would not be serviced anyway, as it was his duty too - but not between noon and 1:00PM. He convinced us thouroughly, the lunch break is sacrosanct in France. So we sat on a bench next to the lock, enjoyed the pleasant weather and noticed that the lock keeper has built a little shed using no bricks but instead pieces of wood that are normally used, at least by us, to burn the stove during the winter.
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Dankjewel, Tineke! Tot gauw 😍.
En dan nog even en Amersfoort in zicht
De laatste foto: ongelooflijk!!!!!
Dank je wel, Tineke! We zien mekaar hopelijk snel in A'foort.
Jaja, 't schiet op. Maar rustig aan, want de Nijkerkersluis is nog een paar dagen geblokkeerd. (En een 'Vollenhove' zal ik -als ik er aan toe kom- een n toevoegen...)