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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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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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Visiting The First “Versailles”

We had a pleasant stay in Meaux, but it’s not my favorite city in France.  It is only about thirty miles from Paris, which may explain some of my reticence. It doesn’t have the culture or energy of Paris, but it has some of that big city feel.

After crossing the Atlantic on a ship, and then cruising around Europe our friends Marty and Sara joined us in Meaux to spend a week on our little ship.

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O Captain – My Captain! But Where is our Captain?

Kevin just dropped a bomb.  He gave us two weeks notice, and then he is leaving…  We are both sad, and at the same time very upset.  Kevin has a new wife and six month old baby.  While his wife speaks perfect French she is still an immigrant from Senegal living in a small village of 60.  We can imagine it must be very difficult for her.  She told Kevin that she needs him at home to help ...

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We’re Baaaaack – In France

We’re back in France! We spent a crazy six months in Southern California getting together with family and friends while trying to manage our busy lifestyle.  I’m convinced that whoever coined the cliché, “The grass is always greener on the other side,”was thinking of us.  With all that we had going on at home Lisa and I were constantly reminding each other how we couldn’t wait to get back to Rabelo where life’s pace would be a little ...

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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.

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- Tom

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