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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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Life Along The Saone River

All the cables have been replaced, the welds checked, and adjustments made.  Our pilothouse is better than new.  The manufacturer inspected the entire system and either fixed or replaced everything that needed attention.  After almost two weeks in Dijon we are headed back down the Burgundy Canal to the Soane River. Our plan is to go 40 miles down river and make a sharp right turn on to the Canal du Centre.

I hope we have enough ...

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Back To France!

We’re back on our floating home.  Ireland was great.  We will definitely return, and cover all the things we missed.  While we were gone Rabelo was delivered back to her permanent mooring in Saint Jean de Losne with help from Kevin, our captain from last year.  Lisa doesn’t care for Saint Jean de Losne, and wanted to leave as soon as possible.  We spent two days taking care of miscellaneous chores along with a major marketing, and we ...

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Our Foray Into Falconry… and Irish Whiskey

Sheen Falls Lodge had even more excitement to offer after our amazing introduction to falconry.  Lisa has competed for years with her .22 caliber rifle shooting targets, and she’s a pretty darn good shot.  Today we tried our hand at skeet shooting.  Lisa went first and was disappointed in her performance.  I was given the 12-gage shotgun, and managed to hit about half the clay birds.  That’s all it took for Lisa.  On her second round she started ...

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From The Barren Burren to The Garden Garnish Island

If you follow this blog then you know that Lisa and I love to hike.  While we were at Gergan’s Castle our travel agent made arrangements for Lisa and me to go on a 2.5-hour guided walk.  I suspect that when we told our guide Shane how much we enjoyed hiking he changed the plan.  We drove twenty minutes to The Burren, which is an area that was once covered in lush forest, but is now barren.  Shane ...

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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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