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Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône

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  • Day65

    Tag 43 Port San Louis

    July 19 in France ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Der heutige Tag war mit Dornen gespickt. Und es fing alles so gut an. Detlef und ich hatten Tags zuvor alles vorbereitet um den Mast zu legen. Pünktlich um 10:30 Uhr ging's los. Die Sonne brannte jetz schon erbarmungslos. Nach 15 Minuten lag der Mast in der Horrizontalen. Ich fragte den Hafenmeister, wann er den Mast reisefertig verpacken will, denn der LKW sollte gegen 13:00 Uhr einlaufen. Seine Antwort: Damit habe ich nichts zu tun. HÄÄÄH..., SO STEHT'S ABER NICHT IM ANGEBOT!!! Dieses Angebot hat er nie gemacht, war seine Antwort. Hierfür ist eine im Hafen ansässige Firma zuständig. Mir schwante Übles. Ich los zum Verpacker. Dort erwartete mich eine klare Absage. So kurzfristig hat er keine Zeit dies durchzuführen. Uns blieb nichts übrig, als selbst Hand anzulegen. Zumindest ergatterten wir eine Verpackungsfolie. Über 30 Grad Aussentemperatur liessen jeden Hangriff zur Qual werden. Kein Schatten, immer nur die brennende Sonne. Die Sailinge wurden demontiert und an den Mast gelegt. Nach zwei Stunden und 5 Liter Wasser glich unser Mast einer schwarzen Wurst. Christo und Jeanne Cloude wären stolz auf uns. "White Cloud" erfuhr ihre Verwandlung vom stolzen Schwan zur Laufente. Uns tats schon etwas weh. Um 16:00 trennten sich die Wege vom Mast und "White Cloud". Wir verlegten uns in den Hafen "Port San Louis" direkt vor der ersten Rhoneschleuse und meldeten uns für den nächsten Tag an. Weiter ging's mit den Dornen. Laut meinem Hafenführer gibt's hir eine Tankstelle. Leider nur für Fischer. Da diese unversteuerten Diesel tanken dürfen und er eingefärbt ist, gab's nicht s für uns. Hoffentlich finden wir unterwegs schnell eine. Jetzt nur noch im Hafensupermarkt einkaufen und wir können unser erstes Bier geniessen. Und wieder einen Tritt in den Hintern. Ab 17:00 Uhr geschlossen. Und wir wollten uns so richtig mit Getränken und Lebenmitteln eindecken. Also frag Googel: Wo ist der nächste Supermarkt. Antwort: 1,5 km von hier entfernt! Petra und ich machten uns auf dem Weg. Immer noch brannte der Planet mit über 30 Grad. , 1,5 km hin..., 1,5km zurück..., 1,5km hin Einkaufswagen zurück gebracht...,1,5 km zurück. Nach 6km , zum Glück ohne Steigung, dafür aber mit Kopfsteinpflaster, gab's das ersehnte Bier. Alle Dornen waren für heute beseitigt.Read more

    Dirk Flottau

    OMG, diese Dornen braucht kein Mensch…

    7/20/21Reply
    Hausmutter

    Der Tag war wohl für die Tonne☹. Vergleich "Laufente" wiederum zeigt das du deinen Humor nicht verloren hast😂. Dann wünsche ich euch eine störungsfreie Tuckerfahrt bis an's Ziel. LG 😘

    7/20/21Reply
    Dirty Harry

    Und wenn mich auch das Schicksal auf allen Linien schlägt, bleibt immer noch die Haltung mit der man es erträgt😊

    7/21/21Reply
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  • Day64

    Tag 42 Hafen Napoleon

    July 18 in France ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

    Da bin ich wieder um euch auf den Keks zu gehen. Nun..., was ist in den letzten Tagen geschehen? Detlef und ich hatten den letzten Liegeplatz in Marseille ergattert. Montag und Dienstag waren mit Wäsche waschen und Yacht reinigen ausgefüllt. Am Mittwoch um 18:00 Uhr landeten Gabi und Petra, ergatterten ein Taxi und düsten nach Marseille. Sehnsüchtig erwartetet wir sie. Was war das? Überall Polizei und der komplette Hafen war großräumig abgesperrt. Nachfragen ergaben, dass heute im Hafen ein Feuerwerk auf Grund des Nationalfeiertags gezündet wird. Wie sollen unsere Mädels nun hierhin kommen? Es gab nur eine Chance. Der Taxifahrer lies sie an der äußeren Umrandung aussteigen und sie kamen uns entgegen. Whatsapp macht's möglich und wir trafen uns. Was wir dann nachts von unserer Yacht zu sehen bekamen, war die Superlative eines Feuerwerks. Um uns herum schossen Raketen in die Höhe und verwandelte den Hafen in ein einzigartiges Lichtermeer. Wir mitten drin. Kein Wunder, dass alle Liegeplätze belegt waren. An den darauffolgenden zwei Tagen widmeten wir uns der Sightseeing und wir bestaunten den Dom, die tolle Altstadt sowie die "Notre Dame de la Garde". Am Samstag verlegten wir unsere Yacht auf die vorgelagerte Insel "Frioul". Dieses Felsenmeer musste ich Petra unbedingt zeigen. Am Sonntag ging's bei leichten Wind und einer 10cm Welle, Gabi und Petra haben's gut überlebt, zum "Port Napoleon". Hier werden unserem Schwan am Montag um 10:30Uhr die Flügel genommen.Read more

    Thomas Adolph

    Wir wünschen euch eine schöne Reise. Auch ohne euren Mast😉

    7/18/21Reply
    Hausmutter

    Tolle Bilder. Und das Feuerwerk gratis dazu. Jetzt steht ihr schon vor der Einfahrt der Rhone. Wünsche euch 4 entspannte Fahrt. LG😘

    7/18/21Reply
     
  • Day321

    Short update

    February 8, 2020 in France ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Things are still progressing well with the various projects. John’s oil filters have arrived so he can finish the generator service but we are still waiting to receive the Perspex so he can repair the windscreen.
    I have finished my socks and started on John’s, the cross stitch crab is progressing well. Still haven’t started a project for the variegated blue wool but lots of time for that.
    We have made a few more wombling trips to the beach and actually walked right along the beach to the River mouth. There is so much timber there as well as obviously a lot of beached detritus, mostly plastic with a scary number of flip flops.
    Next week on Wednesday the main mast comes off! To do this we have to motor round to Port Napoleon where DMS will be removing and storing the mast until the transporters pick it up. We have already lubed all the bottle screws, the only unknown is the bolt through the tabernacle, this twists but at the moment we think the mast weight and Stays pressure prevent us removing it. This feels like real progress so now we need to sort out where the mast will go too in Northern France to wait for us. We are thinking either Rouen or Honfleur. We are also going to buy our canal cruising permit so we can benefit for the early purchase discount.
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  • Day275

    Christmas Eve

    December 24, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Hello Everyone, we hope you have enjoyed the Festive buildup and have a great next couple of days.
    Today has been bright and breezy p, this seems to be the most usual weather phenomenon here so as we had done all our food shopping yesterday we decided to go for a ride and this time we headed up the Rhone rather than down it towards the beach. We rode to the Bac Baccarin and took the ferry across the Rhône to Salin de Giraud. The decision to take the ferry was a bit last minute when we realised it was free for us and our bikes. We didn’t have the iPad so I have found some photos from the internet to show what we saw the horse were grazing in the fairly waterlogged field on our way up to the ferry and Bar de Sport is where we stopped for a hot chocolate sitting outside soaking up a bit of sun. We would have explored the town and surrounds a little more but we had no idea when the last ferry was and didn’t want to end up stranded on the wrong side of the river for Christmas.
    We have invited a French friend Nicholas to join us for Christmas lunch and are planning a Festive dip before hand, that we will remember the iPad for with its waterproof cover! So we need to be a bit organised so the poor guy isn’t waiting till 6 for his lunch.
    HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE
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  • Day308

    The joys of live aboard overwintering

    January 26, 2020 in France ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    Well the weather hasn’t been all bad we have had a very mixed bag. Yesterday was sunny and we took a ride to the beach for wombling as well as shopping for Sunday Roast ingredients and doing the washing. The last few days we have been working on various projects.
    John has been focusing on wiring up the various electronics. The radar, radio, compass and GPS were all previously on the Missen mast that is no more so needed to be mounted elsewhere and reconnected. Everything is now complete.
    My jobs were more domestic in nature. I made a big batch of chunky carrot and coriander soup, as it’s nice to have a warm lunch on those cold days and the French believe soup should should be smooth whereas I want to chew my food. Some more carrot cakes to help fatten John up so he doesn’t get so cold. I have also made a cover, by hand, (machine broke) for the new stern tabernacle folding table John is going to build. My DPNs finally arrived, for those of you who are not knitters DPNs are double pointed needles, so I am now knitting my first pair of socks 🧦. The first one is a bit pointy on the toe as I got the cast off instructions a bit confused 🤷‍♀️ but nailed it for the heel section so second sock should be perfect! I am also doing my first ever bit of cross stitch thanks to my birthday present from Michelle and Paul. Took a few stitches to appreciate the need to do all the / before coming back with the \ but it’s going well now and I love the nautical theme. At the moment I am feeling inspired to maybe make a cross stitch Take Five but this enthusiasm may well wear off. I also have some new blue chunky wool that I am looking for a project for, any suggestions anyone?
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  • Day286

    Stray cats

    January 4, 2020 in France ⋅ 🌬 12 °C

    So we have found the local strays they live next to the local cemetery and someone has built them shelters and feeds them. Now we do too! The most we have seen there at any time is 10, most are grey and white, there is one Siamese and some tabby’s. They are all very healthy looking no cat flu which was everywhere in Greece and most look cute, but John says I can’t have any. I have also attached a picture of John holding the homemade lemon cheesecake that I made for New Years Day, it was surprisingly good.
    The final photo is of part of the interior of the bar at Salin de Giraud as promised.
    Our latest scavenging finds well the ones worth mentioning were this McDonalds toy and some stickle bricks who remembers those?
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  • Day335

    Late afternoon stroll

    February 22, 2020 in France ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    After a busy day, well not really who am I kidding, we decided to go for a walk upriver along the Rhône but off the main walking/cycling trail. The scenery was lovely but it was missing the spring flowers that you see in Guernsey. All we found were a few daisies and the May blossom, no bulbs of any description. It was still very pretty and peaceful and the sunshine was magnificent. Each day we are managing to do a bit of boat work, at the moment we are redoing the sikaflex seals between the saloon and the decks as they were getting a bit rusty and we really don’t want that spreading and weakening the top side of the decks.
    Well there is now only a week to go till we leave Port Saint Louis. We won’t be starting the canals straight away but soon 🤞. Yesterday and today have been sunny days and with a lot less wind than predicted.
    We have met another Brit he has bought his boat here for the new owners to collect so won’t be here long but a really interesting guy. About my age I think but has been on boats since he left home at 16 and sailed his 25foot yacht to Portugal. He has all the tickets and now captains all sorts of super yachts both as crew and to relocate. He had some great stories to tell of his adventures over the years. He lived in Majorca for a while and worked with Street Angels the charity that helps drunken Brits get safely back to their hotels I think they are based in Magaluf. We also said goodbye to Nicholas our French Normandy friend as we met him on our way back to townafter going to the Chandlers to buy more paint (ours had ‘gone off’) and his plans keep changing so we might not see him again.
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  • Day280

    More preparations

    December 29, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    So we have had a couple of days of sun and only mild winds which has been very pleasant. Today we decided to finish of the work we had started on our secondhand Bimini and cover. We bought this in early spring this year from some friends in Levkas, they were getting a higher one, The problem we had was that as once the masts had been removed we would have had no shade for the outside steering position. We until now used the Missen boom and various stays to secure a shade cover. But with the frame now cut to size it looks like it will be perfect for keeping the sun off so now we just have to figure out how to keep the mozzies at bay. Would you believe they were out with us today looking for a lunchtime snack.Read more

  • Day265

    Getting settled

    December 14, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Well we have been here over two weeks already and although the weather hasn’t been great it’s been a lot better than in Guernsey. We have put up our Christmas decorations inside and out. We are the only decorated boat in the marina. At the moment we have some more liveaboard boats but not sure if they are just here to avoid the SE Gale/storm we are experiencing, they are all french and we hardly ever we the residents.
    Thank you to those who sent us new Christ decorations, we love them.
    I have also attached a photo of me in the finished pullover thing I knitted. It doesn’t look quite like the pattern photo it’s bigger as I knit very loosely even though I used a smaller size needle and pattern to compensate. In its favour it is lovely and warm.
    Last Friday we headed back to Martigues by bus to go to the DIY store for various things but primarily wood so John could build a folding table around the Missen mast tabernacle. Unfortunately our Martigues luck, or lack of, was holding out as after over an hours journey we got to the store to find out that for technical reasons their wood saw was out of action. At least the trip only cost €4in total, well and lunch of course but a person has to eat. The nearby hypermarket was doing a deal on some GF biscuits so we saved the cost of the trip in biscuits. We also bought some new sheets as ours were a bit grubby and even whitener was no longer making the grade. The other thing we had hoped to buy at the DIY store was Perspex to replace the panel that the wind blew out 2weeks ago, and we thought we had done it until, John double checked his measuring (after we had paid) and realised it was too small to we had to return that at least we hadn’t carried it home.
    A bit of luck we have had is that on one of forays to the beach we saw a long scaffold board and later in the day when John went back a saw it was still there so he reduced the length to 8foot and cycled back with it, carefully.
    There is also a photo of some more scavenging finds. We are still collecting plastic bottles and other rubbish each time we get to the beach to the amazement of the locals.
    John is again back in the engine room doing something semi technical and as I did the washing yesterday I am looking for things to do. I have some sewing projects but am waiting for the market tomorrow to buy some grey thread for the new liner curtain, and for new needles before I tackle the table cover, as material quite strong.
    I have however made my own GF vegetarian mincemeat and then some mince pies using shop bought GF pastry, they aren’t bad, but as no more GF pastry until we return to Martigues I need to try making that as well as have lots of mincemeat left over. It ridiculous what you consider doing if you are bored enough.
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  • Day325

    Take Five without masts

    February 12, 2020 in France ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Well that’s it the boat is now ready, it is mastless. The de-stepping was quick and painless and DMS are dumping the old missen mast for us. They are now removing the spars and wrapping it all ready for collection and transport to Rouen. No rush we don’t anticipate getting there before June.
    The morning of potentially our final open water sojourn until the English channel was not great. We awoke to find a catamaran sinking alongside the quay where it appeared to have been towed by the local lifeboat crew. We don’t know what happened but it was definitely entertaining and I now know that my aerobic instructor is a fireman. Thankfully after about three hours of pumping three pumps both hills were again afloat and it has been moved to an official mooring for now. The pretty pink picture shows storm Ciara on its way to Guernsey.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhone, Lo Pòrt dArle, Pòrt Sant Loís, 13230, Пор-Сен-Луи-дю-Рон, Пор-Сен-Луї-дю-Рон, 圣卢伊斯-迪龙港