Well after our photo session around the church and castle in Arques I posted about yesterday we decided that we would spend the afternoon on a river cruise.
We joined a river excursion around the Saint-Omer marshes in the Audomarois region. The region boasts 160 kilometres of rivers covering 3400 hectares.
The boat left from the wharf joining Au Bon Accueil a restaurant near the village of Salperwick near Saint-Omer in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France.
The boat we had was a long open-topped river cruiser, with big picture windows through which to view the scenery.
I managed to get a seat at the very front of the boat thus enabling me to take some photos straight forward without any glass in the way.
The views as we journeyed around the waterways were quite stunning.
The banks were lined with birds…
and immaculately presented homes and gardens.
Some of the homes were obviously only holiday homes, though from the looks of this garden they must spend a lot of time here.
Other property along the banks were more like garden summer houses a place to stay whilst fishing the river, from the looks of the keep net on the right of the photograph.
Other homes along the banks were much more substantial. A commonality between them all though was that they all had a waterside letterbox.
Obviously the postman for these home-owners delivers their post by boat.
It had been a great cruise, the weather was great the view superb and the company brilliant. A perfect way to spend an afternoon. Oh and I got to take lots of pictures too gets even better.
Although the commentary for the cruise had only been in French, and my French is terrible at best, that didn’t detract from the enjoyment of the excursion around the waterways of Pas de Calais.Technorati Tags: Calais,France,photo,church,castle,Arques,river,Audomarois,boat,restaurant,Salperwick,scenery,birds,garden,waterside,pictures,marshes,rivers,photos,waterways