Archive for July, 2013

Daily Life In A Small European Village

When Rabelo is on the move, we usually end up moored next to a small village. When I say small I’m talking about a town with a population of no more than two or three hundred.  There isn’t even a place to buy a newspaper.  If you want a fresh baguette you have to know when and where the bakery truck stops.  Most cruisers we’ve met complain that there is nothing to these small villages and they all ...

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The Holy Grail of Wine and Tastings Galore!

After the barrel factory our next stop was Edmond Fallot’s mustard factory.  Unlike the cooperage everything was automated.  There wasn’t much to see, but the smell made up for the lack of excitement.  We were separated from the factory by a glass wall, and yet our eyes would not stop tearing.  The few workers they have must be super human as they spend their day in an almost toxic atmosphere without any protection.  After the tour we were ...

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The Heartbreak Hiking Fools Do France

Everyone knows that Lisa and I love to hike, and that we are members of the esteemed hiking group the Heartbreak Hiking Fools (HHF).  Whenever the opportunity presents its self we grab our poles, put on our hiking shoes and off we go.  This past week we were joined by our fellow HHF members Gail and old What’s His Name.  We happened to find a trail close to where we were tied up and decided to do a ...

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Freak Storms and an Archeological Dig

As I sit here typing the latest installment of Living Barge I can still hear the distant roll of thunder.  The last couple of nights and especially this afternoon the storms have been incredible.  Today I watched as a gust of wind picked up our deck table and six chairs and send them flying. With howling wind, the crash of thunder, slashing rain and lighting strikes every second it was an amazing display of nature’s power.  Fortunately we ...

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Exploring Reims France & Eisenhower’s WWII Headquarters

We met our friends Sandy and Alain in Reims, the capital of Champagne.  We’ve been there three times now, but always concentrated on the champagne houses.  Of course we visited the cathedral and the Bishops Palace as they are both UNESCO historical sites.  I prefer the Cathedral in Reims to Notre Dame in Paris.  Apparently 25 past kings also agreed with me as they chose Reims for their coronation.

With a little extra time we did some ...

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