Archive for October, 2013

Traversing the Pont Canal de Briare!

Our next stop was Briare.  At one of the locks was a lock-keeper selling regional wines.  We’re always happy to help out the local economy.  Lisa bought two bottles including a very nice Sancerre.  An hour later Lisa said she needed a baguette for lunch, and if we saw a village that had a boulangerie to please stop.  The next town not only had a boulangerie, but it was just off the canal.  We pulled over, Lisa jumped ...

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Harvesting All The Way To Nevers – Barging Has Its Moments

Our next stop was Nevers!  This part of the canal was lined with big juicy black berries.  We had to stop and pick some.  Just around a sharp bend was a peach tree loaded with peaches.  Unfortunately this one caught me by surprise – you don’t stop a 200-ton barge on a dime, so we continued on.  Three locks further there was a peach tree next to the lock so I picked a dozen and off we went. ...

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“Why can’t you cook like Lisa?” I’m a Blessed Man!

Lisa and I have been married since the beginning of time.  Well at least it feels that way.  Other than those first few meals, she has always been an outstanding cook.  I’m talking about the kind of chef that when our friends leave after a dinner party the husband asks the wife, “Why can’t you cook like Lisa?”My beloved has had some interesting conversations with her lady friends following our dinner parties.  Well there must be something about ...

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The Spectacular Chateau-le-Digoine & Chateau de la Roche

From Paray-le-Monial we drove to Chateau-le-Digoine.  When we arrived, the place was covered with young people, old people, kids and dogs.  There were hundreds of them walking along the canal, and up the road to the chateau.  After their walk they gathered in one of the chateaux out buildings where a dinning room had been set up. The only thing we could find out about them was that they were part of an organization that did a lot of walks.  ...

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Paray-le-Monial and the Sacred Heart

We spent a night in Montceau-les-Mines only to leave the next day.  The town looked like it had great potential, but ended up doing little for us.  I have to admit the brand new supermarche´ was impressive, especially with its dock on the canal.

Our next stop was Paray-le-Monial.  We had never heard of this small town, but apparently it is a Christian spiritual center with thousands of pilgrims arriving each year.  Even Pope John Paul II ...

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