Archive for August, 2013

Invasion of the Rug Rats | Escaping to Dijon

The sky may be clear, but Lisa and I are consumed by that eerie feeling of an approaching storm.  What hidden catastrophe lurks just over the horizon?  Is it a hurricane, a tornado or could it be an earthquake?  OMG, it’s worse than I thought.  Cesar’s Roman legions, Napoleon’s Grande Armee, even Richard Simmons and his corpulent ladies would have been less intimidating. Why, it’s a disaster of biblical proportions. We’ve been invaded… by rug rats!

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It’s Time To Hire A Boat! Rules of the Canals

It’s time to crash and burn.  The has weather finally turned warm, and the hire boats are out in force.  For those that want to experience the canals and rivers of France, and you’re not ready to buy a barge, then the hire boat is the way to go.  Hire boats range in size from 28 feet to 50 feet.  They sleep four to twelve, and the best part is you get to be the captain.  In fact ...

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This Barge Is Not Built for 12!

Our son Randy and his wife Alexis just arrived with our two gorgeous granddaughters.  To help out with the kids Wilco brought his beautiful fifteen-year-old daughter Marscha.  We definitely have a full boat.  Now there is talk that Lisa’s nephew David and his wife Cecile along with their two young boys will also be joining us for a couple of nights.  Yikes, that’s twelve people.  Poor Rabelo was never designed to carry so many, especially rug rats, munchkins ...

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Cistercienne Abbey of Auberive and the Fortified City of Langres

One of the reasons I purchased a giant barge was so that we could carry a car.  Well that, and then there’s my oversized ego that needs feeding.  We’ve always found plenty to see along the canals, but on occasion it’s nice to jump in a car and go sight seeing.

It was a short twenty minutes drive to the 900-year-old Cistercienne Abbey of Auberive, or Abbaye Auberive.  In the mid 19th century the facility was turned ...

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