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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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She Did A Bad, Bad Thing

Rabelo has been a bad girl. We were headed to Dijon to meet our friends Tom and Ilana who were joining us in just a few days.  From St. Jean de Losne it’s a two-day trip on the Burgundy Canal that includes 22 locks on the least scenic portion of the canal. With that said it’s still rather picturesque in some places. I was approaching a lock and placed the gearshift in neutral to slow Rabelo down. Something wasn’t right.  ...

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Navigating The Foggy Canal du Centre

Our last stop on the Canal du Centre was the town of Fragnes.  The mooring is nice, but most important it’s close to the big city of Chalon en sur Saone, but only if you have a car.  There’s easy shopping, and we needed to pickup a few parts for Rabelo.

Lisa and I went for a morning walk, and found a chicken farm next to the canal.  The chickens were obviously free range as they were ...

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Exploring the Secluded Charm of Santenay

Lisa and I love the village of Santenay.  There are a couple of fine restaurants, along with a number of excellent wineries.  We especially enjoy visiting the Domaine Chateau de Santenay.  One of the things that makes stopping in Santenay so special is the anchorage.  Surrounded by trees the mooring at Santenay looks out over the village, as the canal at this point is above the valley floor.  It can only hold a few boats, but we seem ...

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The High Price of Private Chateau Ownership

Our friends Sal and Edy wanted to see a chateau so being the good hosts that we are a chateau was what they got.  In 1380 Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy bought the fortress of Germolles for his wife Margaret of Flanders.  Margaret, with the help of the finest artists in Burgundy turned the fortress into a luxurious home.  Not far from Beaune, which is considered the heart of Burgundy, Chateau de Germolles is the best-preserved country ...

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A Brief History on French Crystal

Our friends Sal and Edy joined us on Rabelo.  They are ardent foodies, and wanted to savor the gourmet food France is famous for. We decided to visit the Chateau de la Verrerie in Le Creusot on Sunday, which was about a fifteen-minute drive from where we were moored.  Before our visit to La Verrerie Sal and Edysaid they wanted to enjoy the gourmet delights of Le Creusot.  Lisa took out her IPhone and went to work searching ...

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Always Agree To An Aperitif

We’re back on the Canal du Centre. I was hoping that heading in the opposite direction would be a little easier.  Unfortunately… it wasn’t.  There were just as many tight turns coming out of the locks or after the bridges that were impossible to negotiate without touching the sides of the canal.  The area between Digoin and St. Leger sur Dhune at one time was a rich mining area with large deposits of coal, iron, lead, and clay.  ...

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Aground But Never Discouraged

We continued on our journey down the Canal Roanne a’ Digoin.  Half the time I was cursing that infernal canal while the rest of the time praising the incredible scenery.  The people running the canal didn’t know how to equalize the flow of water through the locks at night.  Some of the reaches between locks were full while others were down more than a foot.  It was a nightmare if we happen to be on a reach that ...

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Enjoying The Leisurely Life Along the Loire

Lisa’s brother and sister-in-law met us in Roanne.  This was their sixth time on Rabelo in the five seasons we’ve owned our big girl. In the past, when coming to Rabelo, we’ve always advised our guests to take the train.  Unfortunately this year the trains have been on strike.  The strike has been intermittent, but we haven’t been able to rely on them.  We’ve been telling our friends to rent a car.  I never realized the layer of ...

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Old Habits Die Hard — Unless You’re In France

People love their daily routines. They may not want to admit it, but trying to get a person to change can be an arduous task, to say the least.  One of the things Lisa and I love about barging is that in many ways we don’t have a routine. Sure, we wake up, get out of bed, have breakfast, and brush our teeth.  But I’m talking about the big stuff.  We’re never in the same place for very long, so ...

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The Sweet Simplicity of Santenay

We are now on the Canal du Centre. In the past five years we’ve been on this canal three times.  Does the repetition make it boring? Of course not!  We might remember some of the villages or towns, but the scenery is constantly changing.  There are so many different places for Rabelo to moor we could do this canal a dozen times and never tie up in the same place.

The Canal du Centre is beautiful yet ...

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