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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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All Things Fast and Furious

It’s fall and the leaves are changing.  The nights are cold, but fortunately the days are still pleasant.  Jerry and Arlene, Lisa’s brother and sister-in-law have joined us for a third time on Rabelo.  They are always willing to pitch in, are good sports, and easy to get along with.  We look forward to their visits.

I had heard about a chateau with an amazing collection of fire engines, motorcycles, race cars, model cars, and aircraft.  The ...

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Behind the Wheel of Rabelo

In my last blog I wrote about Rabelo being a people magnet, or at least that she draws a lot of attention at a lock.  For this blog I thought I would write about what it takes to drive a 130 ft. barge into a lock that is only four inches wider and three feet longer than Rabelo.

The first thing you have to keep in mind is that Rabelo’s steering station is roughly 100 feet back ...

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Ordinary Magic: In Honor of the Little Things

Recently I have been remiss when it comes to describing life on Rabelo.  Sure, I’ve written about all those exciting moments we’ve experienced.  After all, what could be more riveting than a river of sewage running down the hall of our floating home, a broken pilothouse roof, or picking apples off a grumpy old man’s tree? Then there were the many wonderful meals and special wines we’ve enjoyed, and don’t forget the beautiful scenery.  What I haven’t written ...

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The Black Water Catastrophe & Guedelon

After an incredible tour of Provence it was time to show Louise and Neil what barging was like. Julian met us at the Dijon train station, and with some effort we jammed five people and all of our luggage into our little car for the forty-five minute drive to Vandenesse.

The first thing we did was take Neil and Louise for a little hike up to Chateau Neuf for some crepes.  After our yummy lunch we walked around the little village ...

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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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