Archive for April, 2014

Touring Chateau de Compiegne

Eleven years ago we visited Chateau de Compiegne on our first barge Tigre Rose.  We have such fond memories of that visit and the surrounding areas that we plan on returning this year.

Compiegne was built as a royal residence for Louis XV, and was one of the three seats of government for the French kings.  The others were Versailles and Fontainebleau, so you know it had to be over the top.  Compiegne was started in 1374 ...

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Chateau de Pierrefonds – Lisa’s Hands Down Favorite

Of all the chateaux that we have visited Chateau de Pierrefonds is Lisa’s favorite.  Located not to far from the city of Compiegne this fairytale like castle stands guard over the beautiful little village of Pierrefonds.

Pierrefonds long and storied history begins in the 12th century when a small castle was built on the site.  It wasn’t until King Charles VI in 1392 gave the site to his brother Louis, Duke of Orleans that the magnificent Chateau ...

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Europe Through Lisa’s Eyes

 In my last installment of Living Barge I talked about some of Lisa’s unusual traits, specifically her love of cemeteries.  Well it doesn’t stop there.  My beloved wife is an artist, and she is constantly pointing out things that most people tend to ignore.  For example she likes to take pictures of doors and windows.  Don’t ask me why.  They’re just doors and windows, but she sees beauty in them so we have lots of pictures of Europe’s ...

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Should I Be Concerned About… Lisa?

Lisa and I have been married forever.  Well maybe not forever, but 38 years is a long time. There are those occasions when I still remind her that I’m entitled to an annulment.  You might ask why?  It all comes down to her failure to disclose, prior to our wedding. Clearly disclosure after the wedding does not count.  There are certain facts about her family (that shall remain locked in our vault for an eternity) and then are some of ...

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Navigating Around the French Countryside

Lisa and I cruise the rivers and canals of Europe for a number of reasons.  We love the adventure, challenge, people we meet and of course the changing scenery.  When it comes to scenery the canals and rivers we tend to travel are beautiful.  There are a few exceptions, but 90% of the time the countryside is breathtaking.

After two seasons of cruising I hate to admit it, but we are starting to become a little jaded.  ...

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