Or as it' known more common, House boating. Camping has never been a favorite activity of mine, but there are tons of fans out there and this seems to be a great alternative version for a tent on a campground. A decent equipped boat. Some people call them yachts, ehm well, how to say this? They are not. At all. Too much plastic and polyester......
In the early summer month when we walk to school along the river and after the maintenance crews finished cleaning and inspecting the fleet of a local boating company, Isabella and I always get to look at families on their boats, enjoying leisure times on the river.
There is something serene about that scene, they are discussing the day's activities, while enjoying breakfast on deck watching the town wake up. Families look relaxed, they all greet us walking by, their happiness about it all clearly visible. They are on holidays.
That look of content sometimes does turn into worry and concern, especially for first timers when they enter a lock to go up or down stream. Not that hard at all, most locks here along the Charente are operated manually and you are given excellent instructions, but a fun spectacle to watch nevertheless. Usually the head of the family takes control of the boat, while his family is being instructed where to tie up and hold the buoys. And if only one kid or spouse does not perform to the Captain's orders, especially in front of a bunch of know it all locals, it can quickly become entertaining.
There are about 24 locks between Jarnac and Rochefort and after the first or second trial, the families usually become very good at it.
PART OF THE FLEET
THE VIEW WHEN YOU FLOAT
SOMEONE LIVES ON HER
NICE AND EASY SPEED
THINGS TO DO IN JARNAC
L'ECLUSE DE JARNAC
A COUPLE OF METERS ELEVATION DIFFERENCE
SIGHTS ALONG THE RIVER CHARENTE ARE VARIED