Archive for May, 2014

To Brugge, To Market!

Rabelo is starting to come together.  We even hung a picture that our friend Lovita painted for us.  It is a reproduction of a famous painting done by Van Gogh of boats on the sand. As a child it was my favorite painting.  My Grandmother had a print displayed prominently in her home.

Upon arrival in Brugge our first task was to find a market.  We no longer have a car on Rabelo, and don’t plan on buying one ...

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We Are BACK In Europe! The New And Improved Rabelo

We’re back!  Lisa and I landed at 7:15 in the morning at Brussels Airport in Belgium.  Fortunately, as we had been visiting friends in Virginia, it was a relatively short flight.  Unfortunately I didn’t sleep at all.

We are excited to see our big baby.  We’ve made many changes to Rabelo over the winter, with the biggest being Julian.  He’s our new captain.  We also have a new kitchen and added an extra water tank.  When it ...

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Clearing of the Armistice – The Site That Ends Wars

Of all the historical sites that I have visited the site known as the Clearing of the Armistice may be the most memorable.  This nondescript patch of gravel in the middle of the Compiegne Forest where King Louis XV enjoyed hunting is neither beautiful, impressive nor majestic.  It’s what took place there on November 11, 1918 and June 22, 1940 that makes it so important.

In 1918 the clearing did not exist.  In fact the forest was ...

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Traveling Alongside Enguerrand de Coucy

There are a lot of great books out there, though few as good as my new book, When Stones Speak. If you haven’t downloaded it on Amazon you really need to. While you’re enjoying When Stones Speak you might want to take a look at Barbara Tuchman’s, A Distant Mirror.  It is a marvelous historical novel about Europe during the tumultuous 14th century.  This two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author brings to life history like no one else can.  ...

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