French Inland Waterways

March 8, 2015 TPC-ADMIN

There are many French towns which one would love to visit and enjoy their quaint historic buildings, delightful restaurants, and excellent local wines. Alan Davis gave members a colourful account of the three seasons spent visiting these towns in a talk entitled “ French Inland Waterways ”.

Alan’s first requirement was a boat. Being an experienced sailor and an accomplished engineer, he acquired an old London Port Authority boat and set to work refurbishing it ready for the adventures which lay ahead. The boat was aptly named “Perseverance”.

Alan and his wife set out from Salcombe in June 2006 heading for Cherbourg and on to Honfleur where they joined the inland waterways starting with La Seine. Alan’s talk was generously illustrated with photographs of the many places they visited including Rouen, Caen and the Bayeux Tapestry, Chateau de Fontainebleau, Monet’s lily pond in Giverny and many others. The photographs gave the feeling of the tranquility to be found in these places.

There were numerous anecdotes included in the talk describing their experiences of French canal locks; trying to wake up the lock keeper or climbing up one of the huge lock gates which had jammed. French lock keepers compete to see who can create the most attractive setting using imaginative floral displays, adding to the pleasure of the visit.

David Wixon thanked Alan for his brilliant photography and talk saying “It was great to sail with you”. Probus holds its Annual General Meeting in April following lunch in the Bedford Hotel. Anyone interested in Probus may contact the secretary on 01822 615669.

Anyone interested in joining the Tavistock Probus Club may contact the secretary on 01822 615669.

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