Experience life on a barge or boat in Netherlands, travelling around France




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    I'm traveling by inland river barge (boat) through Europe, especially Holland, Belgium and France. The barge is an original Dutch built péniche and made for the old French channels. I still transport sometimes 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 and daughter.

    There is a simple separate -little- room for guests in the front of the barge which is not suite. (no sanitaire, but there is a chemical toilet and lavabo) Also a heating system, fridge/freezer and micro-wave. I live on the back of the barge in the skippers logement.

    The work to do depends on the person, 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,



    Plans for 2020 :

    I sold 5 boats in short time so it is logical I will try to find new boats in the Netherlands (Holland), make them ready to move to french in the rest of 2020.

    With periodes I go also by car to French for maintenance on the boats mooring up on different places in French. (Maintenance, cleaning and painting).

    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 in the city, village or countryside...in the Netherlands, Belgium or French.

    * After 30 years traveling and transport 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 tasks for the "Workawayer" are a bit the same.

    * For the question "minimal stay for Workawayers"...complicated to explain : If it fit really well between us a long stay is possible (this will be happen in a mix of countries NL, BE, FR) on the barge and/or pleasure boats. But shorter stays is of cours also possible. Feel free to contact my for short stays, sometimes I can use a Workawayer immediately to move a boat, but this will be always last-minute.

    * Sometimes "People don't show up on last moment so....feel free to contact my if available on last moment.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help around the house
    Language practice
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I see a lot of different places and different areas... It is a quiet special life......sometimes chaotic but not boring. Even in the middle of a city it is or you live on the country site.. I meet a lot of different people.

  • Help


    The tasks to do depends on the person but cleaning (boats), housekeeping work and shopping is the principal work.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent

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  • Accommodation


    There is a simple separate -little- room for guests in the front of the barge which is not suite. (no sanitaire, but there is a chemical toilet and lavabo) Also a heating system, fridge/freezer and micro-wave. (the situation on the pleasure boats is a bit the same as on the barge between very good up to very basic, it depends of the boat)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Offen there is time to visit the area. Somethimes several days off/free for visit and local travel. There is a bike on the barge. For good cooks there is a quit large budget for food and wine, in fact I like good food and meals......

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    I have quite good internet everywhere for normal use.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    4 to 5 hours a days, it is like this on a barge

Loading beton elements..... Note: this kind of work is NOT part for Work-Awayers !
Loading construction on river Marne near Meaux en Brie.
Higest level of 30 years in Paris, 3 juin 2016...
High level of river Seine in Paris 1 juin 2016....
An example of my pleasure boats, my new business..... I buy in Holland and sell in French....
This is the room for the "Work Awayer" in the front of the barge. In the past it was for the sailor....
Loading coils of steel from 25 tonnes each in Rotterdam for the destination ¨Paris....
Entrance of the tunnel on the "St. Quentin" channel, 5,5 km long. The tunnel is constructed under the Imperior Napoleon administration. Even today we are tug by an electric tugboat on a chain.....you go 1 century back in the time......
Somewhere on the old French canal system made by Napoleon...
On the maritime area in (old)Zeeland, a really beautiful region in the Netherlands....
Empty upstream in Paris to go load grain in Auxerre for destination Amsterdam.....

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