The Thames is undoubtedly one of the most interesting rivers in Europe. In fact, this 346 km waterway deserves the designation “Royal”. I therefore thought it was a real privilege to be able to cruise the Thames in a Linssen Grand Sturdy 34.9 AC. Peter invited Cornel, Paul and me to start from Hobbs of Henley – the base for Linssen Boating Holidays – and explore the scenery where the “Midsomer Murders” are filmed, setting off in October 2013. But I had some reservations: I still always associate the autumn with bleak, rainy weather, so combining that with England seemed to guarantee that I’d get wet. But things turned out completely different.