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Everywhere in NL, BE, FR
All Year: All year.
Area (ha): 39 x 5 M // 357 tonnes
Persons: 1
Category: Boat
Host ID: 14999
Country: France

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Last Updated: March 20, 2018

Hello, I'm traveling by inland river barge through Europe, especially France, Belgium and Holland. The barge is an original Dutch built peniche and made for the old French channels. I still transport cargo and I am the third generation of a shipper family from both sides of my parents. I live and work alone on the barge sometimes accompanied by my girlfriend.

There is a simple separate -little- room (see photo..)for guests in the front of the barge which is not suite. (no sanitation, but there is a chemical toilet and lavabo) Also a heating system, fridge/freezer and micro-wave.

The work to do depends on the person, maybe some cleaning, housekeeping work, shopping and cooking??? And serving the aperitif of the skipper of course at 18h00 exactly..LOL.

My intention is to make contact with other people and have an exchange of cultures.

Kind regards,

Program next months (for find and now more of the places and channels look Google):

Plans for 2018 are still more unknown and unsure as usual :

Last minute : I took à trip with the barge, loading right-now (next week) in Rotterdam NL bauxite (minerals) for the destination Nogent-sur-Seine in France (between Paris and Auxerre). Need somebody for the housekeeping work ! (?? Between about 13 and 26 of mars ??) After maybe loading gravel back to Paris. And after plans unknown.

* The barge will be in the Netherlands, a part from the time mooring up in Rotterdam and in my home-town Geertruidenberg.

* Maybe I go transport again with the barge in 2018 but unsure, in this case we loading cargo in NL for France and after inland trips in France about 200 KM in and around Paris.

* I have 2 pleasure-boats –for sale- mooring up 25 km Southern of Paris, this boats have to be cleaned and need maintenance regularly.

* Also I have mooring up 4 pleasure-boats –for sale- in Bourgogne near Auxerre, also this boats need maintenance and be cleaned regularly.

So I travel –offen by car- to keep this 8 boats in NL (barge an buy boats), Paris and Bourgogne (maintenance, clean and sell boats). Sometimes I bring a pleasure boat from NL to FR in this case I need help also.

Notes :

* Plans can suddenly completely change !!!!!!!! In fact plans change every day....So don't ask my what go happen in future : I really don't know (however I always can explain how to come/travel to the boat and I will pay the local ticket). One thing is sure : There happen always something ! It can be everywhere city, village or countryside...NL, BE and FR.

* After 30 years traveling on the barge I set up a new trade : I buy boats in Holland and sale the boats in French. It is interesting also, I see a lot of nice places and different people. The work for the "Helper" is a bit the same.

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