Reutlingen to Zurich and home to Cape Town: Monday 2nd May – Tuesday 3rd May

We woke up early to say goodbye to Mathias.

"waterfall in the black forest"
waterfall in the black forest

We took a lovely drive through the Black Forest and we had lunch along the Rhine in a small village.

"looking into France"
looking into France

After Hockenheim we had a 50km ‘detour’ to the airport. Flew overnight to Johannesburg. Flew back to Cape Town and came home – what a lovely holiday! By far one of the most relaxing ones we have had.

Reutlingen: Sunday 1st May

We had a huge breakfast and then went to Schloss Lichtenstein.

"Schloss Lichtenstein"
Schloss Lichtenstein

We walked a massively steep hill to Ruine Hohenurach.

"view from Ruine Hohenurach"
view from Ruine Hohenurach

We had lunch at the bottom of the hill and then went to Teubingen. We walked through the old city and had a beer on the River Neckar before heading back to Reutlingen.


We walked 7kms today. We had racelette for supper and it was an awesome evening of chatting.


Toulouse to Reutlingen: Saturday 20th April

We woke up early for breakfast and to get to the airport for our flight. The flight to Frankfurt was delayed. We arrived in Frankfurt and drove on the autobahn to Michelle and Mathias. We stopped at a truck stop for lunch. We got up to 200km/h on the autobahn!

"huge white asparagus"
huge white asparagus


We arrived at M&M late afternoon and they have a beautiful home. I went shopping with Michelle. We had soup with flaedle to start and white asparagus with hollandaise sauce and potatoes for supper. Dessert was a chocolate and chilli ice cream with strawberries.

"Michelle's beautiful orchids"
Michelle’s beautiful orchids

Negra to Toulouse: Friday 29th April 2011

We were up bright and early to clean up and pack. Caught a taxi to the station in Villefranche-de-Lauragaus. Good thing we know how to use the ticket machine as the station office is closed until 10h25. We are taking the 09h48 train back to Toulouse.

"the river Garonne"
the river Garonne

We checked back into the hotel and then went shopping for things to bring home. We caught the metro to the other side of the Garonne. We had lunch on the river bank. We had a very long walk and got ice creams for tea. We went for a beer before heading back to the hotel to relax before supper.



We had a fantastic meal at Le Colombier. We walked nearly 10kms today.

Gardouch to Negra: Thursday 28th April

Dave cycled into Gardouch so we could have fresh croissants for breakfast. Had a relaxed morning. Out last lock was a double lock. We are all done going down.

"the last of the locks"
the last of the locks

We tied up at Negra just after 12h00.  Went for a short walk and then had lunch. We took a walk into the closest village. Had beef ravioli with a tomato and cream sauce for supper.

"the end of an amazing journey"
the end of an amazing journey

Renneville to Gardouch and Villefranche: Wednesday 27th April

We had a relaxing morning. The lock gates at Renneville were mechanical.

"relaxing on the Midi Canal"
relaxing on the Midi Canal

We moored at Gardouch and walked into the village to buy a baguette. We then walked into Villefranche-de-Lauragaus. It is a lovely village with a huge supermarket 1km from the lock.

"lock markers"
lock markers

We had crushed potato, tomato and shallots with duck sausage for supper.

"our barge safely moored"
our barge safely moored

Castlenaudary to Renneville: Tuesday 26th April

We woke up at 08h30 and loafed a bit. We did not unplug the electricity before going for breakfast and shopping and the cost for the mooring and the electricity was €8.00. The Spar in France is just as expensive as South Africa.

"breakfast and shopping in Castlenaudary"
breakfast and shopping in Castlenaudary

The lock keeper at the triple lock was very helpful and friendly. We stopped after that for lunch. Our plan of losing the barge in front of us did not work! We went to Mr Not the Potter which was a waste of time. We stopped at La Segala but there was no water and nothing to see.

"looking back from an up lock"
looking back from an up lock

We then went to our first down lock. They are much easier than going up. We moored up and took a walk to Narouze and the obelisk.

"obelisk at Narouze"
obelisk at Narouze


The one lock’s sluice gates had to be opened manually! We waited at the double lock for the barge that was one lock behind us. We walked up a seriously steep hill to Renneville. I did at least 8kms of walking today. We had pasta with shallot, garlic, lardons, tomatoes and marrow for supper.

"pasta with shallot, garlic, lardons, tomatoes and marrow"
pasta with shallot, garlic, lardons, tomatoes and marrow