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Faring to France on a Shoe by [Poore, Valerie]
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A travelogue about a dream come true. After seven years of owning their barge, Hennie-Ha, seven years involving catastrophe and crisis, Val and her partner finally go 'faring' to France for the first time. This travelogue is about the places they visit and the people they meet along the canals on their route from the Netherlands, through Belgium and into northern France. It tells a gentle story about how they experience their life on board during the four weeks they spend cruising. Written as a journal, the reader joins them on their travels through rain and shine and reveals how day by day, Val learns to cast aside the stresses and demands of the real world and to appreciate life's simplest of pleasures to the full.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3901 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rivergirl's Books (22 February 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06WWQ1YX4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,928 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I have always had a hankering to travel through some of Europe's canals but so far I have only managed an afternoon on France's Canal du Midi. Faring to France on a Shoe has given me a delightful insight into life on these narrow waterways and the joys and pitfalls involved in navigating through Belgium and Northern France from a home base in The Netherlands.
I'm guessing that as long as I don't mind improvised shower facilities, soaking rain, slippery ladders, and some very deep and scary locks I could also enjoy tranquil waters, secret green inlets, picturesque villages, good wine and food, and the congenial fellowship of the faring life. If you can't manage to cruise the narrow waterways of Europe in your own Hennie-Ha, you could escape into the pages of this book and then treat yourself to the photo gallery which is a perfect addendum for this gentle memoir.
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As an avid reader, I enjoy most of the books I read. Well, this one is unique; I just couldn't put it down.
Val takes the reader on an incredible journey through the canals and waterways of Holland, Belgium and France,
This trip is taken on a Dutch barge called the Hennie-Ha, which she and her partner Koos bought and renovated.
A great series of photos from each stage of the trip brings Val's descriptions to life.
I loved this journey so much, that I have just downloaded the rest of her books.
Needless to say; this book is highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Passing Through those Locks! 19 March 2017
By Lynn M. - Published on
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I will never steer a snik from Rotterdam down to Cambrai, France, but I was able to hop onboard the Hennie-Ha with Val and Koos as I read Faring to France on a Shoe. It was an amazing venture as she gave detailed and colorful descriptions of each town along the way. I could see the grassy hills, the sunrises and sunsets. I could hear the chirping birds along with the voices of the people that they met. I envisioned Val and Koos walking through quaint towns to either eat or buy necessities.
I felt Val’s frustration as she struggled uphill with the bike that continually had a flat tyre; but she was determined to reach her destination. She bravely spoke French as she expressed her needs while visiting France. Though met with torrential rains, heat and sometimes great weather, it was clear that the gods had ordained this dream trip.
The many types of locks presented the biggest challenge for them as they forged ahead. I was able to identify with the stress of the locks because I had had one experience of going through a lock as our sightseeing boat went from the Chicago River out onto Lake Michigan. It was scary as the boat began to rise so I can only imagine what Val and Koos experienced over and over.
Sometimes they got through with ease and on other occasions, they had to wait for a lock-keeper to show up which could take hours or even days. This was a rich, rich experience with a pictorial slideshow as a bonus! A simply magnificent and well-documented trip on The Shoe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A trip to France on the waterways 3 April 2017
By JW - Published on
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Valerie and Koos embark on a faring 'holiday' navigating their way through the waterways from The Netherlands to France. The book recounts day to day adventures they have on the way, including the people they meet, the countryside, the weather and the challenges they face. The accounts of navigating locks and bollards takes a lot of skill from both Val and Koos, as they travel in this most slow and gentle way. Descriptions of French villages, of bike rides in the countryside give insight into a way of life that is peaceful and serene. I would love to experience faring myself after reading Valerie's book, getting away from it all and having the sound of the water send you to sleep. A wonderful insight into a lifestyle that is both adventurous and relaxing. An enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great adventure with Val and Koos 24 March 2017
By Patti Wilson - Published on
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I loved this book. Valerie Poore has a way of writing travelogues that feel more like minute by minute real time adventures with the reader sitting on her shoulder. She's really funny, too. One scene she describes trying to cycle up a steep hill, traffic zooming right next to her while her bike's tire keeps going flat. I laughed so hard my stomach hurt. She engages us with her anxieties while depicting the trials and successes of her lobbing a rope up over a bollard. I even cheered with her when she succeeded. At the end of their vacation travelling along the canals from the Netherlands to Northern France then back home, I also felt the sadness of a lovely journey end mixed with the joy of being back home.
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great life! 6 June 2017
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From previous books I feel as if I know Val and her partner Koos well. They make a great team.
Koos spent his childhood as the son of a bargie so he lived on a working barge. Val, although she has lived on a barge for many years now still seems to be in awe of the lifestyle and you can feel her excitement on every page.

This is a holiday ( they call it going faring) Val has always wanted to take. Koos wasn't too keen as he's probably done this route many times but Val persuaded him and he enjoyed it.
Sailing through the Netherlands, Belguim and France, the names of the towns and villages the Hennie Ha passed through didn't mean much to me but that didn't matter. Every place was different with different challenges. I'm thinking of one day in particular when Val set off in her little folding bike to find somewhere to purchase some food. She ended up on a busy dual carriageway which was also uphill all the way. Sensibly she dumped her bike and walked although not before falling into stinging nettles. She never found a food shop!
There was also her daily battle to have a hot shower with a special bag of water heated by solar power,but what happens when the sun doesn't shine?

I was impressed at the way Val handled the locks they had to pass through. Some were easy and they certainly got easier the further into their journey as she learns from her mistakes but the sheer strength and courage it took to handle some of them made Val a hero of mine.

The book is peppered with Val's sense of humour. If you've read any of her other books including her fiction ones you will understand what I mean. Val's humour is accidental, she doesn't set out to be funny she just gets herself into so many scrapes that you can't help laughing.
I enjoyed reading about their long summer nights sitting on the deck of the barge sipping wine and reading or talking,my kind of night.
They met lots of people on their journey,some were old friends, some they have passed by and waved hello to in the past and some strangers who they still had a good chinwag with.

Val and Koos bought the Hennie Ha because of her size and their desire to sail her through the waterways to Poland. That will be a story I'm looking forward to reading too. I'm hoping they might make that journey this summer.
And why does the title say they sailed on "a shoe" ? You'll have to read the book to find out !
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I traveled along with Val and Koos 15 March 2017
By Rebecca Slack - Published on
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I felt as though I were faring right along with Val and Koos. Valorie Poore has a wonderful way of making you feel like you're right there in the boat with her. She helped me to see just what living aboard a barge would feel like. I thoroughly enjoyed her beautiful descriptions of the canals the scenery and the little villages they stopped at along their way. I would definitely recommend this delightful memoir for anyone who'd like to know what traveling to France on a live aboard barge would feel like. I'm looking forward to any future memoirs from Val, as I love her style of writing.

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