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River Scarpe, France, 30th May to 7th June 2008

and 2nd Sept to Spring 2009!

We set of for Arras from Douai and thoroughly enjoyed our journey along this windy (as in curvy), canalised river with its crystal clear water and abundant little grebes.  Saint Laurent Blangy has good moooring privded you don't mind your barge being bumped into by out of control canoeists!  It is a real shame that the navigable section stops at Saint-Laurent-Blangy as the river into Arras town centre is beauitful with plenty of space for moorings.  Good luck Jan and Ian Ferguson with your campaign to try to get it opened again for 2010!!

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John contemplating algae in a lock

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Mooring at St Laurent Blangy

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The Canadian WW1 Monument at Vimy Ridge

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John in a WW1 trench at Vimy

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Grand Place, Arras (our second Wedding Anniversary was spent here!)

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Tourism Office and Town Hall at Arras

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Moorhen and ugly baby (I'm sure his mum doesn't think so!!)

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Painful water jousting moment at Arras

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Carla and Greg with Jane on a sunny day at Saint Laurent Blangy

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Loving on the canal

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Our mooring at Vitry En Artois

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In Arras square waiting for beer to arrive!

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