Archive for July, 2012

Visiting An Old Friend on the Meuse River | Queen Fabiola’s Chateau

Nine years ago on Tigre Rose, Lisa and I saw the most beautiful chateau on the Meuse River.  It wasn’t one of the grandiose structures we saw in the Lorie Valley, but much more modest in size. The setting, gardens, architecture and overall balance were what made it so special.  Its beautiful reflection on the mirror smooth water didn’t hurt. While we never forgot our favorite chateau we couldn’t remember exactly where it was. Imagine our delight as ...

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Our Departure For Namur, Belgium

We will miss the warm friendly Dutch and their beautiful country.  At least we have Wilco.  He has been invaluable, and always a pleasure to be around. Our next stop was Liege, Belgium. I’ve never had any desire to stop there, but that was a mistake.  After dinner we walked around town to find a dynamic metropolitan center full of active, dancing, laughing, smiling people. The square with its huge cathedral and bountiful flowerbeds was amazing. The city ...

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Rabelo Goes Topless In The Maastricht Marina!

With so much excitement I’m going to need a vacation!  We are tied up in our favorite harbor in Holland, but once again they weren’t thinking of Rabelo when they built the Maastricht Marina. No matter, we somehow managed to squeeze our big girl in.  When Wilco called the harbormaster he refused to let us in.  He said we were too damn big.  Just because the harbormaster said no doesn’t mean we gave up. Wilco had a friend staying on ...

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A Weekend In Helmond | Biking For The First Time In 10 Years

June 18, 2012

Today Lisa and I along with Rabelo reached another milestone. We managed to enter, tie-up, and then exit a lock without any help from Wilco.  I steered and took care of the stern line while Lisa handled the bow line. Rabelo was a good girl and did precisely what I told her to do. At 127 feet and 150 tons our big baby is a lot of boat for two people to handle, and ...

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Sailing The Canals of Holland

We’ve had more excitement.  I know they weren’t thinking of Rabelo when they built Tilburg’s inner harbor, but give me a break. The Dutch take a small harbor and cut it in half by placing a fountain or sculpture right in the middle of their marinas.  When it was time to depart we found it impossible, because of that damn sculpture, to turn around under our own power.  The strong wind blowing up our stern didn’t help. Personally I thought the ...

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