Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The Waal

Ships of Inland Europe. 

This is one afternoons worth from around ten past three onwards. The Waal is a distributary branch of the Rhine leading to Rotterdam. It is an amazing river with amazing traffic. The bridges on many of the ships can raise or lower to allow higher loads, some are fully de-mountable and can push up to six of these huge barges at a time, they carry everything, cars, containers, coal, oil, gas and cruise's. Many have cars parked on the rear deck for the ships crew when they reach their destination, many are sole traders and live aboard.


De-mountable Tug/Push unit

De-mountable unit with four back to back barges attached

Car carrier

Bridge raised

It’s 17.29 as I write. Average a out at one every two minutes. I stopped taking pictures an hour and a half ago.


Now I’m just being lazy with writing. But then so are you if you’ve not been to Luxembourg. We stayed for two nights, the place is beyond belief, and everyone seems to know where it is but no one goes there.

We got accidently trollied with a couple of locals after work (for them) in what could be a pub on any corner in the UK... I think we’re easily led. And during the day before getting rotten we had a marvellous walk, a fabulous lunch and just stood around a lot asking each other `how the F*&^%? do we not know about this place?`

A jewel in the European crown, they love the English they speak it like natives and the ones we met couldn’t have been nicer if we were paying them to be nice. This is one days walking, part ancient walled city, part giant island of rock augmented by masons absolutely stunning.

Enjoy the pictures be amazed.
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