Archive for September, 2014

The Extravagance and Glory of Versailles

We’re off to Paris to meet our friends Bob and Kathi.  I love the French train system.  It’s just a shortone hour and forty minuteride from Dijon on the TGV, and you’re in the heart of Paris.  When we are in Paris I never take a taxi.  The Metro system is so much faster, cheaper and it’s easy to use.  If you are going to Paris I highly recommend you take the time to figure out how to ...

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Our Taste of French Cusine; From Behind the Apron!

It’s Friday and we’re off to our cooking class.  We met Chef Alex Miles at his favorite coffee shop. Some of his local friends stopped by to say hello.  Christine, a young lady from San Diego joined us, as she was also taking the class.  Alex had brought croissants from his favorite bakery for everyone to enjoy along with their coffee or tea.

After coffee we walked a short distance to Dijon’s covered market.  Alex took us ...

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No, It Isn’t Just Food: It’s FRENCH Food!

While we’re in France food is always important.  Actually it’s important no matter where we are.  But it’s more important in France.  Lisa is a great chef, and one of the reasons is because she loves to cook.  Of course she also loves to eat so that doesn’t hurt. Part of her love of cooking has evolved from taking cooking classes.  We thought we were going to have a chef on board for five nights giving Lisa private ...

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Captainless in Dijon: The Adventures Continue

There’s no rest for the weary.  Even though we’ve been tied up in Dijon for almost two weeks we’ve had plenty to do.  To begin with Julian’s father has been very ill.  Julian had to rush back to the U.K. to help his mum, and see how dad was doing.  At one point we weren’t sure if Capt. Julian would be returning this season.  Fortunately his father has rallied, and is doing better.  Capt. Julian has booked his ...

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No Schedules, No Deadlines, No problem: Barging as it Should Be!

Rushing, pressure, schedules and deadlines!  Well, forget about it. There’s no more running back to Holland, or having to worry about a river or canal closing.  Life, with our new mooring in the center of France, has just been simplified.  We can pickup and go whenever we want.  If we feel like sitting someplace for weeks at time it’s no longer a problem.  This is how cruising is supposed to be, and it was the one thing missing ...

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