Two Americans on the canals of France

It started as a compromise, splitting the difference between sailing around the world and settling into a cozy flat in London. Instead, we bought a 21 meter 1926 steel Dutch canal barge, rented out our house in Ipswich, Massachusetts for two years and set off for whatever happens. That was ten years ago. After nine summers on the boat, on the canals, we decided it was time for the next phase of our lives. Of course, covid played a role, too.

Now, our old barge, Hoop Doet Leven is sold and we’ve moved on to whatever leaps our way. We’ll keep this blog active for a while. Feel free to skip around or to start from the beginning at

Harvey Schwartz and Sandra Hamilton


11 thoughts on “Two Americans on the canals of France”

  1. I look forward to reading about your adventures.

  2. Barbara Gayle said:

    This is fantastic! I can’t wait for updates.

  3. Well, this is a nice feature! It will be great to keep up with both of you on this new adventure! 🙂

  4. claudia hunter said:

    I just read about this in an article in the National Law Journal. I am curious to see how you do. I am looking forward to your updates.

  5. So fun to hear about your adventures…tres amusant!

    love, Kim & Tom

  6. Sounds like everything is going well! Good luck with French Ikea.

  7. We really loved meeting you both i Toul last week and being there when you started your French adventures! We were really sorry to leave so soon and can’t wait to hear how your adventures progress … do keep in touch and we’ll meet up again very soon. Betty sends big licks to her new best friends,

  8. Hi both, we met briefly at Ravieres a few days ago – we’re on the klipper with the baby and crazy dog! I’ve got a lovely photo of your barge to send to you, if you reply to my email address I’ll forward it to you! All the best, Jane (Vrouwe Antje)

  9. Just heard about your adventures from our favorite Brooklin colorist (TC). What an adventure!

  10. J’aime les histoires amusant. C’est tres interessant de les adventures des peniches.
    Maintenant je fait et mange le choucroute a mon maison de Ipswich. Sais-tu le mot “Le petit chou”?. It was nice to read about the paragliders as well (mon mari a une photo de paraglider a Suisse aussi). Hope you’re able to understand mon francais 🙂
    Bruce (merci boucoup)

  11. Kerry Mackin said:

    Hi Sandra and Harvey, I stumbled upon this blog and am so curious to hear how this is working out. It sounds wonderful! Hope all is well with you, and Happy New Year.

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