I am sure you'll enjoy the journey. Certainly what we've seen so far is pretty relaxing and it sure beats battling headwinds.
We're currently around the junction of the Seine / Marne circling around this summer, and here water
levels appear to be around the norm despite others also saying they read somewhere they are low.
I think you made a good decision to carry your mast
- we met a Brit couple back in Le Havre who's freight company lost
theirs somewhere on route!
Just remember there are plenty of free halts to stop at with power and water
, although you'll find the cost of marinas
(ports) very low compared with coastline facilities. There are quite a few photos of places we've visited on our journey on our blog.