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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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The Whirlwind Tour Continues

Our tour of Provence continued with a visit to the hill top village of Grasse.  The Cathedrale Notre-Dane-du-Puy has a number of paintings by Rubens and some impressive pieces of silver.  It is one of the most ornate Cathedrals we have ever visited.

From Grasse Neil and Louise took us to the island of Porquerolles just a fifteen-minute boat ride from the mainland.  We went for a short hike and found a fort and old windmill or ...

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Aix-en-Provence, La Verne, and Cannes

Our dear friends Neil and Louise arranged for a home exchange in Provence, and invited us to join them.  For only 12 Euros each we boarded the TGV in Dijon, and in two hours we were in Aix-en-Provence.  Neil and Louise met us at the train station and we were off on a whirlwind tour.  We started with a quick walk around Aix-en-Provence where we discovered an antique car show in the middle of the square.  Then we ...

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Experiencing France in the Fall

While in Vandenesse, we found plenty of things to do.  The hike to the village of Chateauneuf took us just thirty minutes, and yet the uphill portion provided some aerobic exercise.  Of course, we found a great crepe restaurant at the top of the hill to reward ourselves for the short hike to the castle.  So it goes for every calorie out, there are always two more that go back in. For dessert we picked wild blackberries along ...

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Our Last Stops On The Burgundy Canal

From Bussierie-sur-Ouche to our next stop at Pont d’Ouche was just a short three-hour cruise.  We had been told to call ahead to make reservations, as the marina tends to fill up.  When we arrived the place Sonia, the owner of the marina, had reserved for us required me to back Rabelo into a very tight spot with boats crowding the channel.  Maneuvering our big baby in reverse always makes me nervous, especially when there are boats near ...

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The Beauty of Abbaye de la Bussiere

We bid a fond farewell to our friends.  Larry and Patty were off to Italy while Bob and Kathi were headed for Spain.  Lisa and I are going toVandanesse en Auxois, just another twenty kilometers up the Burgundy Canal.  We were told that before we leave Bussiere we should not miss the Abbaye de la Bussiere, which wasclose to where we were moored.

Lisa made reservation to have lunch there the next day.  The Abbaye was nothing ...

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A Fond Farewell to Friends

I’m not sure we will ever top the day that ended with a wine tasting at DomaineGros, but we were going to do our best.  Friday started out with a trip to the Dijon covered market where we bought 5 kilos, or over ten pounds, of fresh mussels.   We then made a quick stop at McDonalds to steal their Wifi and catch up with friends, family, and business.

For lunch we drove to the village of Fixin ...

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Wine, Cheese, and Excellent Company!

After our Fat Bike tour of the Versailles grounds and Palace we wanted to see what else Paris had to offer.  Wouldn’t you know, Bob insisted on going to Galleries Lafayette. I told him they had a huge selection of women’s underwear, but I didn’t think any would fit him.

For lunch we went to the Montmartre District.  Just walking the streets where Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir and Van Gough used to hang out was exciting.  This was especially ...

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The Extravagance and Glory of Versailles

We’re off to Paris to meet our friends Bob and Kathi.  I love the French train system.  It’s just a shortone hour and forty minuteride from Dijon on the TGV, and you’re in the heart of Paris.  When we are in Paris I never take a taxi.  The Metro system is so much faster, cheaper and it’s easy to use.  If you are going to Paris I highly recommend you take the time to figure out how to ...

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Our Taste of French Cusine; From Behind the Apron!

It’s Friday and we’re off to our cooking class.  We met Chef Alex Miles at his favorite coffee shop. Some of his local friends stopped by to say hello.  Christine, a young lady from San Diego joined us, as she was also taking the class.  Alex had brought croissants from his favorite bakery for everyone to enjoy along with their coffee or tea.

After coffee we walked a short distance to Dijon’s covered market.  Alex took us ...

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No, It Isn’t Just Food: It’s FRENCH Food!

While we’re in France food is always important.  Actually it’s important no matter where we are.  But it’s more important in France.  Lisa is a great chef, and one of the reasons is because she loves to cook.  Of course she also loves to eat so that doesn’t hurt. Part of her love of cooking has evolved from taking cooking classes.  We thought we were going to have a chef on board for five nights giving Lisa private ...

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