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Welcome to Living Barge Travel Blog!

Welcome to Living Barge Travel Blog!

Welcome to Living Barge – my travel blog which will chronicle my adventures around the world and on my barge, The Rabelo! Feel free to weigh in, ask questions and enjoy the blog!

-Tom Miller

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Why You Should Consider a Travel Agent

For the second half of our Ireland trip, Lisa used a travel agent.  I was a little surprised. I thought with the advent of the Internet, travel agents had been abandon to the scrap heap of useless enterprises along with the milkman, pay telephones, and full service gas stations.  Generally speaking I still believe my assumption to be true.  The good news is that those travel agents that to survive the Internet incursion were the best in their ...

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Journey to Ireland!

We’re off to Ireland. Ireland had never been on my radar, but I have to say both Lisa and I were pleasantly surprised. There were two parts to our trip.  The first was with the Rubicon Theater.  The Rubicon is a small gem that shines so brightly in Ventura County, California.  The auditorium seats less than 200, and yet the Rubicon puts on some of the most amazing, professionally produced, unique productions imaginable.  Many have gone on to ...

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A Tour of Langres, Dijon and Jardin de Silliere

Rabelo has been a very naughty girl. Her pilothouse broke… again. The first time it was one of the eight steel cables that lift the pilot house roof. With some help from my friend Bruce I managed to replace the broken cable.  This time it was a weld on some rollers that the cables run through.  Unfortunately I don’t know how to weld, but I’m seriously thinking of learning.  Fortunately, Kevin our old captain does know how to ...

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Picture Perfect in Honfleur

After an inspiring day of touring the D-Day beaches we escorted our intrepid friends Bruce and Tess to the seaside town of Honfleur.  This beautiful old fishing village was just about picture perfect.  The only problem was that like all beautiful places in France Honfleur was full of tourists.  Every shop and restaurant catered to tourists. The sidewalks were full of tourists. The whole town was nothing but tourists. Despite the crowds we still enjoyed the day.  It was well worth ...

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How to Properly Experience Normandy

We picked up our friends Bruce and Tess at Charles de Gaulle Airport, and we were off to the Normandy Coast.  We stayed in the heart of Normandy in the town of Bayeux.

The last time we were in Bayeux we were looking to buy a barge.  We found Rabelo in La Havre less than fifty miles away.  I have to admit that our last visit to Normandy other than finding Rabelo was not that exciting.  We ...

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La Vie de Voltaire

Rabelo spent the weekend in the village of Froncles.  When it wasn’t raining Lisa and I took some walks along the canal, and had drinks with two couples.  We also went marketing. We’re always marketing.  It never ends!  Fortunately we also found time to do a little sightseeing as well.

We decided to visit Chateau de Cirey where Francois-Marie Arouet lived for fifteen years.  You may not recognize the name Francois-Marie Arouet, but you probably recognize his ...

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Our Own Private Chapel Concert

You never know what the serendipities of life will serve up. One day you get piles of poop on your front lawn, and the next you wake up to the sweet smell of roses wafting through the open window.  Well it turned out that our stay in Joinville was as sweet and delicious as fresh flowers.

The last time we were in Joinville we visited Saint-Anne Chapel. It dates back to 1504, and for a small town ...

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One – Nay – TWO New Crew… and a Scooter

A lot has happened since the last installment of Living Barge.  Kevin is back home helping his wife with the baby, and we already miss him. At least we are still in contact.  His friend Stephan spent a couple of days helping us move Rabelo, and then our new captain arrived.  Despite Rabelo being an unusually large barge for just one couple it is still smaller than our house.  When personalities don’t mix the space on Rabelo no ...

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France Is Flooding! France Is Flooding!

Okay, I give up. We’ve had enough rain.  Lisa and I grew up in Southern California where rain is so rare that it’s something to look forward to.  I am no longer looking forward to more rain.  France has had its wettest May on record, and boy was it wet.

At least there was a silver lining to those awful storm clouds.  Apparently the barge gods were looking after us, or was it dumb luck?  You can ...

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Meeting The World’s Greatest Adventurer

While moored in Chateau Thierry we did some more sightseeing with our friends Marty and Sara.  There is actually very little left of the chateau that the city is named after, but the views from the hill where it use to sit are worth the climb.  We also took them to the American War Memorial, which is located on a hill above the Marne River Valley.

Vaux-le-Vicomte was one of the best chateaus we have been to, ...

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