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Faring to France on a Shoe by [Poore, Valerie]
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Length: 179 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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: 179 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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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,179 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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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 A trip to France on the waterways 3 April 2017
By JW - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Passing Through those Locks! 19 March 2017
By Lynn M. - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great adventure with Val and Koos 24 March 2017
By Patti Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Gesellig! 23 April 2017
By Frank - Published on Amazon.com
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It was better than I expected. A few years back I enjoyed a bike-and-barge trip in Holland on the Zwaan and this book was just begging for me to read it. Valerie clearly states this is a travel log an it read as such. However I enjoyed it as she could instill the feel of the environment and the moment. Okay, there were a few passages I skimmed as she got a little...wordy. Overall I enjoyed it.
5.0 out of 5 stars I traveled along with Val and Koos 15 March 2017
By Rebecca Slack - Published on Amazon.com
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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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