Thursday, November 20, 2014

We left Franeker via a lift bridge operated for us with a smile by the waitress from the bankside restaurant nearby. It is apparently included in her job description. On to the commercial van Harinxma Canal but quiet today, a public holiday, reaching the portside town of Harlingen just as hundreds of motorbikes did too. The bridgekeeper explained it was a holiday outing that he would have joined in with too if he hadn't been working. He also told us that the cheapest moorings in this popular place were 25euros a night at which point we rapidly decided to push on through to the (free) village of Kimswerd and use Origami to come back and explore. And what a beautiful town it was, graced with so many historic ships, some of which were clearly still used!

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