Archive for August, 2012

Chateau Fort Sedan and a Saturday Jousting Match

It looks like a garage door opener, but it’s a lock opener.  I press the transmit button, and the doors to Ecluse 40 part.  Within a matter of minutes we are lifted 10 feet, and on our way.  The river is not much higher than yesterday so maybe there wasn’t as much rain as I thought.  The scenery is not just beautiful, but take your breath away knock your socks off incredible. The canal is also very narrow ...

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An Unexpected Trip Back to the US | A Tribute to Steve Platt

So much has happened since I last wrote.  Lisa and I had to return home on a moments notice to attend the funeral of my brother-in-law Steve Platt.  I don’t have room in this form to go into all his accomplishments or offer up the accolades he deserves.  All I’m going to say is that we’ve lost a very special person, and he will be sorely missed.  Steve’s passing was just another reminder of how much we have ...

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From Fumay to Montherme | Encountering Our First Jerk!

From Ecluse (lock) 53 we motored a short way to the tired little village of Fumay.  The pretty little church on the hill with its broken stained glass windows was just another reminder of how tough times are.

We were fortunate to find a spot on the main quay.  At 127ft Rabelo attracts a lot of attention when we dock.  When we moor between two boats that are 130ft apart everyone notices, especially the boats in front ...

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Dinant, Belgium | A Brief Stop In The Home of the Saxophone

The following morning we waved goodbye to Chateau de Dave and were off to Dinant, Belgium. This beautiful little town was nestled in the Meuse River valley surrounded by rocky cliffs.  From the river you couldn’t miss the citadel that protects the city, and the unusual church spire that appears to be Russian Orthodox but isn’t.  We tied up two blocks from the middle of town, grabbed our laptops, I-pads and I phones and went looking for a ...

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