Archive for February, 2014

The Unanticapted Unexpected and Surprising – Everyday

Unanticipated, unexpected, or just plain old surprise – that’s what we face every day while cruising.  Most of the time our surprises are the kind we enjoy, but then there are those that we’d wished had never happened.  Like the day we learned they were keeping the Seine closed for an additional month.  Or the time we lost all power on Rabelo just as we passed under a bridge while heading upstream on a raging river at night.  ...

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How To Get Started Sailing The Canals of Europe

Have you ever asked yourself, ‘Could I actually buy a barge and cruise the rivers and canals of Europe?’  In a word, yes.  In this installment I’ll discuss how I would approach what may seem like an insurmountable array of problems to getting started.

If I knew nothing about boats, cruising or anything to do with floating on water, the first thing I would do is join the Dutch Barge Association (DBA, www.barges.org).  I have been ...

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Returning Home From Another Rabelo Adventure

It’s hard to believe, but our six months on Rabelo has flown by and come to an end.  Lisa and I are still asking, where did the time go?  We had so many wonderful adventures.  Of course the best part was sharing so many of those adventures with friends and family.  This past season we had twenty-six guests on Rabelo, which makes us kind of like a hotel barge except we don’t charge.

Our trip home was ...

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The Amphitheater For No One

After a second visit to Guedelon it was time to head back to Montargis.  On our way we stopped in Montbouy.  The village wasn’t much to look at, but we noticed a sign pointing to a Roman amphitheater.  How exciting! We did a little checking and found out it was just down the road, so we set off along a busy highway without sidewalks or a traffic median.  We walked at least a couple of miles and still ...

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