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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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A Few Of My Favorite Photos

While we are currently on a bit of a break, I did want to keep the blog up – so I decided to do a short post with a few of my favorite photos over the last few months.

Enjoy!

- Tom

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Returning to a Remodeled Rabelo – Our 2016 Preview!

Lisa and I have been in California for almost six months.  It’s time to pack our bags.  We are heading back to Rabelo!  I can’t tell you how excited we are.  Kevin has worked hard all winter.  He demolished the one large bathroom our two guest staterooms shared, and replaced it with two en-suite bathrooms.  We can’t wait to see how the new bathrooms came out.

Rabelo is currently hauled out of the water at a boatyard ...

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Two Weeks In One of France’s Most Beautiful Villages

Lisa and I thoroughly enjoyed the two weeks we’ve spent in Veneray-les-Laume. Kevin suggested that we visit the medieval town of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, as he thought we might like it. You may remember the delightful film Le Chocolat.  It is about a single mother that moves to a small village in France where she opens a chocolate store.  Much of the film was shot in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain. The film garnered five Academy Award nominations.  Juliette Binoche played the roll of ...

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Birthday Festivities, Times Two!

It was that time of year.  Lisa was about to turn another year younger. We were so excited when our friends Alex and Elizabeth called.  It was also Elizabeth’s birthday, and they suggested a dual birthday celebration. Alex is an expat from the Bronx.  He moved to Dijon, France a number of years ago where he met his beautiful wife Elizabeth who he affectionately calls Babbette.  Among the many things Alex does to stay busy is offer cooking ...

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The Colorful History of Chateau Bussy-Rabutin

Our next adventure took us to the source of the River Seine.  We didn’t know what to expect, but were a bit disappointed when we finally arrived.  I was hoping for a huge artesian spring gushing forth crystal clear water. What we found was a marble statue set in a grotto surrounded by a shallow pond that was half empty.  To say we were disappointed would be an understatement…  At least the green pastures, multi colored leaves, blue ...

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The Roman Ruins of Veringetroix

After touring the Alesia Museum we headed up the hill to where Vercingetroix and his army encamped.  In September of 52 B.C. Caesar laid siege to the hilltop fortress where 80,000 soldiers along with the local population were living.  In three weeks he built 18 kilometers of 15 ft. high revetments and 12 ft. deep ditches trapping Vercingetroix and his men.  Soon they began to run out of food and other necessities.  Eventually they expelled the women and ...

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Rabelo’s Winter Home – The History of Alesia

We’re finally at our winter mooring.  With the canal low on water it took some doing, but we made it.This year we didn’t do an exact calculation of the miles we covered or the number of locks we transited.  My guess would be that Rabelo sailed around 1,000 miles and went through 400 locks. We have never been to Veneray les Laumes, but on our arrival we were pleasantly surprised. The town itself is not much to look ...

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Let the Bow Go Where It May – Season’s End Approaches

After six months of cruising we are almost at our winter mooring in Veneray les Laumes.  Fall is in the air.  The pastures have turned a thousand shades of green. The trees are loosing their leaves while painting the canal in a carpet of gold and red. It is so late in the season that our liquid highway is running low on water.  In fact it is so low we aren’t sure we’ll make it all the way ...

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Ravieres and Rabelo Renovations

Our next stop was the City of Ravieres where we spent four nights.  On the very first day, Lisa found an antique store.  Despite my heroic efforts there was no way she was passing it up.  We ended up finding a nice looking nightstand, and the price was right.  Unfortunately when we got it back to Rabelo we discovered that our new nightstand was full of woodworms.  Lisa insisted we take it back.  Kevin looked at the stand, ...

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The Grand Metallurgy of La Grande Forge de Buffon

While we were moored in the town of Montbard, Kevin mentioned that we should go see La Grande Forge de Buffon.  It helps when your captain is an ex-tour guide.  We had never heard of La Grande Forge de Buffon, and consequently didn’t know it was only a couple of miles from where we were tied up.

Started in 1768, Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon started his irons works at age sixty.  Built on the Armacon River, ...

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