With the new year almost here it seemed like a good time to look back at some of the most memorable moments from this year….so in no particular order:
Harvest time is always fun as we get to duck in and watch the grapes being pressed in traditional wooden presses and taste the juice. But this year was even better as we helped pick the grapes with the guys at Champagne Le Gallais……total respect to the 90,000+ pickers who pick every grape that goes into every bottle of champagne by hand.
In June we had three generations of the Matthews family from Australia onboard, so their bespoke cruise itinerary had some more unusual excursions to suit the younger members of the group. One afternoon we found ourselves swinging through the trees on ziplines and climbing rope ladders on a high ropes course! It scored big grins and thumbs up all round, but I don’t think it will make it onto our standard itinerary!
We started 2019 in Belgium as we were getting some engineering work done to Serenity in Mechelen (Malines). The Belgian canals, and locks, are much wider than in France, meaning that Serenity gets dwarfed by much bigger ships passing us. Definitely a bit daunting at first!
We were happy to finally arrive ‘home’, particularly because we were 3 months late leaving Belgium due to engineering delays. But what made it so memorable was the welcome we received. From the ladies in the supermarket and the bakery to the local dog-walkers, everyone recognised us and asked where we had been etc. It really made us feel part of the community, even though Graeme sometimes struggled to understand what they were asking!
And there was another moment from that journey that’s memorable for all the wrong reasons, when Serenity came to an unexpected halt (luckily quickly resolved), but if you want to hear that story you’ll have to come visit us in person!
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