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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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Bastille Day in Nemours

We said goodbye to Heather and family, and continued on our journey.  Our next stop was Nemours. The town was pleasant, but it was the surrounding villages and cities along with the forest of Fontainebleau that we wanted to see. Chateau Landon was our first stop. The chateau is now a home for the aged, so all we could do was walk the grounds. There was also an ancient church that we popped into for a few minutes.  ...

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A Whole New Side Of Fontainebleau

With Lisa’s niece Heather and family aboard we wanted to make sure her kids were kept busy. Unfortunately we were in the middle of an unusually hot heat wave.  One day it went up to 109, and with the high humidity it felt like 114. At least on the day Heather and family arrived the Loire River was right next to the canal. Heather’s kids Jaida and Hayden went swimming in the river.

The next day we continued down the canal ...

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The One – The Only – The Johanna!

We spent the last night with our friends Bryan and Carrie at Rogny les Sept Ecluse. This is the village with the remnants of seven locks that were started in 1604. A couple of installments ago I talked about how we went through a double lock, where as soon as you exited one lock you entered the next.  At Rogny back in the 1600’s, you had to go through seven locks in the same fashion. It was a ...

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Castle Guedelon, Fontainebleau, Touring Brian and Carrie Too!

We dropped off our friend Steve at the Briare train station, and the following day picked up his brother Bryan, and sister-in-law Carrie. I grew up with Steve and his family, and have known them for over fifty years.

Bryan and Carrie flew in that day from Los Angeles, and took a car straight to Rabelo.  We hit the ground running with a champagne lunch, and a short cruise to Briare.  We happened to be on the ...

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Aubigny and Chateau de la Verrerie

We picked up our friend Steve at the Briare train station, and drove back to Rabelo.  Our mooring in the village of Lere was not the most scenic.  We were next to a grain silo. These imposing structures are found all along the canals.  Some are still in use though many have been abandoned.  They are a constant reminder that the reason for building the extensive canal system in France was to transport commerce. Most of the canals ...

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La Charitesur Loire, Sancerre, and My First and Final Selfie

Rabelo was moored in the village of Herry, but just four kilometers away was La Charitesur Loire.  Kevin had done a little exploring with our car, and found this beautiful medieval town on the banks of the Loire River. The Tourist Information Office even had an art museum attached to it. I particularly liked the hourglass, horny chair, and condom art. We spent the afternoon exploring the ancient ruins surrounding the town center while enjoying the views of ...

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How Did I Ever Survive Without Clafouti? [ Recipe Included ]

Clafouti.  What in the world is clafouti? Up until recently I hadn’t a clue.  Was I ever pleased to find out. In short clafouti is a dessert.  It’s best described as a cross between a cake and a pie, and it may be the best dessert in the entire world, but that’s just my opinion.

So how does one make a clafouti? We started with a wild cherry tree loaded with ripe cherries. Lisa and I picked ...

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One Cleat Will Nevers Do – And That’s No Typo

With Rabelo’s new itinerary there was now time to enjoy the sights. What was I thinking? When barging there’s no excuse for rushing except when you really need one. With our new schedule there was now time to smell the cow manure, corn, hay, and of course the roses.

We had passed a small sign next to the canal advertising goat cheese and honey for sale. The next morning we went looking for the farm. We ended ...

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Paris to Champagne at 20 Miles A Day

After a fun five days and nights we dropped off Lisa’s brother Jerry and his wife Arlene at the train station.  It was time to put the petal to the metal, and start covering some real distance.  I’m talking about moving Rabelo over thirty kilometers a day, or around twenty miles. I know what you’re thinking. Well, no matter how slow Rabelo is, she’s faster than any hotel you have ever stayed in. We needed to be outside ...

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Adventures in Chateau de Santenay

After our amazing visit to the open market in Louhans it was time to start moving.  The Canal du Centre was originally built for thirty-meter barges (100 ft.). Back in the early 1900’s the French Government decided to modify the locks so that 38.5-meter barges could use the canal.  Rabelo is actually 38.95-meters (128 ft.), so we are stretching the limits a bit.  When inside the locks it can get a little tight. Remember this is France, so ...

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