Border crossing into France - First stop Givet

Sans Peur
Grete & Fred Vithen
Wed 1 Oct 2014 12:26
50 08 16 N  04 49 71 E

Yesterday, 30 Sept
We leave Namur, Belgium. Less then 50 km to France. We leave at around 11 o’clock from Namur. 10 locks has to be done, 9 in Belgium and one in France. The “shute” is between 1,5 and 3 meters.
Everything went smooth, no problems at all. Lock keepers very friendly although no english is spoken. It’s easy to understand the green light.
Weather is sunny and pleasant. There is almost no traffic at all on the river Meuse now, nether barges or pleasure boats.
Close to six we approach the last lock and it is still open, yes. The first one in France. Time to register and pay toll. One month 165 €.
First time we do so many locks in one day and when you lock upstreams, because of the current, it is always a bit more struggle to control the boat. Gretes arms and hands needs a rest day.
At seven we are perfectly moored in Givet, our first stop in France. Capitainerie, with all facilities, is situated close to us. But it’s closed.
And today it is still closed?!

La Meuse, somewhere in Belgium

First lock in France

This is what you need to cruise the French canals.

Givet, France