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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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Delays with New Friends & Those Darn Crazy Cuckoo’s!

There has been a whirlwind of activity on Rabelo getting her ready to leave. There were lots of systems that needed to be checked, plenty of equipment to be oiled or greased and a myriad of other things that have to be taken care of. Captain Kevin takes his job seriously, and wants to know how everything works before we take off.

Of course we did take some time for our infamous truffle hunt. Then there was ...

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Truffle Hunting with an AK-47

Today was our first full day on Rabelo.  It was time to sit back and enjoy the cruising life.  Julian said he was taking his guests from Apres Tout truffle hunting, and suggested we join them.  We had a phone number for the chateau where we should meet, but the driving instructions were not very clear.   Fortunately Kevin volunteered to join us.  All I can say is, it was a good thing he did the navigating. ...

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We are BACK on Rabelo – and the Louis Vuitton Museum

After a hectic winter Lisa and have returned to Rabelo. We were so excited to be back you would think we were a couple of kids. Before heading to Rabelo we spent two nights in Paris recovering from our long flight and a train ride from Brussels to Paris. During our short layover we also celebrated my birthday.  Unfortunately, while rushing to make my birthday dinner I unexpectedly found myself in the middle of an altercation with a ...

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Chapeau Rouge and Farewell to Rabelo

In my last blog I wrote about the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin.  They were the group that purchased Chateau du Clos de Vougeot at the end of WWII.  The chateau is best known for its huge and lavish banquettes.  While surfing the Internet I came across a piece about the 94th conference of the Confrérie des Chevaliers at Chateau du Clos de Vougeot on September 5, 2014.  A jury of 220 wine industry professionals and enlightened amateurs ...

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Chateau du Clos de Vougeot: A Mecca for French Gastronomy

After Chateau de Sauvigny there wasn’t much we could do to top the experience.  Our next stop with Jerry and Arlene was the Chateau du Clos de Vougeot.  It is one of the most famous chateaus in all of Burgundy.  Built in the 12th century by the monks of Citeaux Abbey, it has never received a star, medallion or fork by the many food critics that criss-cross the country.  Yet, it is a Mecca for French gastronomy.  The ...

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The Real Mushroom Kingdom!

It’s fall, and that means mushroom season.  I didn’t even know there was a mushroom season.  Actually it is more accurate to say that it is wild mushroom season.  The French love their mushrooms.  I assume people know that picking mushrooms can be hazardous to your health.  If you pick and then consume the wrong kind they are very poisonous, as in they will kill you.

Julian said that when picking wild mushrooms all you have to ...

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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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