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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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France Is Flooding! France Is Flooding!

Okay, I give up. We’ve had enough rain.  Lisa and I grew up in Southern California where rain is so rare that it’s something to look forward to.  I am no longer looking forward to more rain.  France has had its wettest May on record, and boy was it wet.

At least there was a silver lining to those awful storm clouds.  Apparently the barge gods were looking after us, or was it dumb luck?  You can ...

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Meeting The World’s Greatest Adventurer

While moored in Chateau Thierry we did some more sightseeing with our friends Marty and Sara.  There is actually very little left of the chateau that the city is named after, but the views from the hill where it use to sit are worth the climb.  We also took them to the American War Memorial, which is located on a hill above the Marne River Valley.

Vaux-le-Vicomte was one of the best chateaus we have been to, ...

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Visiting The First “Versailles”

We had a pleasant stay in Meaux, but it’s not my favorite city in France.  It is only about thirty miles from Paris, which may explain some of my reticence. It doesn’t have the culture or energy of Paris, but it has some of that big city feel.

After crossing the Atlantic on a ship, and then cruising around Europe our friends Marty and Sara joined us in Meaux to spend a week on our little ship.

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O Captain – My Captain! But Where is our Captain?

Kevin just dropped a bomb.  He gave us two weeks notice, and then he is leaving…  We are both sad, and at the same time very upset.  Kevin has a new wife and six month old baby.  While his wife speaks perfect French she is still an immigrant from Senegal living in a small village of 60.  We can imagine it must be very difficult for her.  She told Kevin that she needs him at home to help ...

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We’re Baaaaack – In France

We’re back in France! We spent a crazy six months in Southern California getting together with family and friends while trying to manage our busy lifestyle.  I’m convinced that whoever coined the cliché, “The grass is always greener on the other side,”was thinking of us.  With all that we had going on at home Lisa and I were constantly reminding each other how we couldn’t wait to get back to Rabelo where life’s pace would be a little ...

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A Few Of My Favorite Photos

While we are currently on a bit of a break, I did want to keep the blog up – so I decided to do a short post with a few of my favorite photos over the last few months.

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- Tom

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Returning to a Remodeled Rabelo – Our 2016 Preview!

Lisa and I have been in California for almost six months.  It’s time to pack our bags.  We are heading back to Rabelo!  I can’t tell you how excited we are.  Kevin has worked hard all winter.  He demolished the one large bathroom our two guest staterooms shared, and replaced it with two en-suite bathrooms.  We can’t wait to see how the new bathrooms came out.

Rabelo is currently hauled out of the water at a boatyard ...

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Two Weeks In One of France’s Most Beautiful Villages

Lisa and I thoroughly enjoyed the two weeks we’ve spent in Veneray-les-Laume. Kevin suggested that we visit the medieval town of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, as he thought we might like it. You may remember the delightful film Le Chocolat.  It is about a single mother that moves to a small village in France where she opens a chocolate store.  Much of the film was shot in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain. The film garnered five Academy Award nominations.  Juliette Binoche played the roll of ...

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Birthday Festivities, Times Two!

It was that time of year.  Lisa was about to turn another year younger. We were so excited when our friends Alex and Elizabeth called.  It was also Elizabeth’s birthday, and they suggested a dual birthday celebration. Alex is an expat from the Bronx.  He moved to Dijon, France a number of years ago where he met his beautiful wife Elizabeth who he affectionately calls Babbette.  Among the many things Alex does to stay busy is offer cooking ...

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The Colorful History of Chateau Bussy-Rabutin

Our next adventure took us to the source of the River Seine.  We didn’t know what to expect, but were a bit disappointed when we finally arrived.  I was hoping for a huge artesian spring gushing forth crystal clear water. What we found was a marble statue set in a grotto surrounded by a shallow pond that was half empty.  To say we were disappointed would be an understatement…  At least the green pastures, multi colored leaves, blue ...

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