Archive for March, 2014

The Bountiful Gardens of France

When it comes to gardens and flower beds the French do a magnificent job.  I don’t know if it is because we spend so much time in rural France or if the French just love to grow things, but I have never seen so many impressive gardens.

As you would expect gardens come in all different sizes, but typically their size is dictated by the amount of available land. It is not unusual to see a homeowner’s ...

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Going Up! The Gravity Defying Ronquieres Lift Lock

After two seasons of cruising we’ve gone through almost 1,000 locks on Rabelo.  You would think after so many locks our attitude would be “if you’ve seen one lock you’ve seen them all.”  In general I would agree.  Then again each lock is landscaped and or decorated differently.  Some are rather whimsical while others are beautiful.   Most of the locks we go through on the smaller canals are called Frycinet locks named after Charles de Frycinet.

Frycinet ...

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Our Favorite Region of France

Of all the regions we have visited in France I think the Dordogne Region is my favorite.  I would love to cruise the Dordogne River, but to get there Rabelo would have to venture out into the Atlantic, and then travel along the coast for about 300 miles.  That’s not going to happen.  We could cross the English Channel on a calm day, but a 300-mile voyage, no way.

If you haven’t heard about the Dordogne Region ...

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Get My New Book ‘When Stones Speak’ FREE!

I am happy to announce the release of my latest book in the Chuck Palmer series “When Stones Speak”! It is now available on Amazon for purchase, however, exclusively for my fans and followers on Friday and Saturday March 14th & 15th – the book will be available on Amazon for FREE!

Giving you a free ...

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The Unrivaled Grandeur of Chambord

Of all the chateaux in the Loire Valley, Chambord is the largest and most ostentatious.  King Francois I started construction in 1519, and after 28 years it was never completed.  The designer of the chateau is still up for debate though Domenico da Cortona, Philibert Delorme and even Leonardo da Vinci are all possibilities.

Chambord was originally built as a hunting lodge.  It has 440 rooms, 282 fireplaces and 84 staircases.  There is a twenty-mile long wall ...

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