Archive for March, 2016

Let the Bow Go Where It May – Season’s End Approaches

After six months of cruising we are almost at our winter mooring in Veneray les Laumes.  Fall is in the air.  The pastures have turned a thousand shades of green. The trees are loosing their leaves while painting the canal in a carpet of gold and red. It is so late in the season that our liquid highway is running low on water.  In fact it is so low we aren’t sure we’ll make it all the way ...

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Ravieres and Rabelo Renovations

Our next stop was the City of Ravieres where we spent four nights.  On the very first day, Lisa found an antique store.  Despite my heroic efforts there was no way she was passing it up.  We ended up finding a nice looking nightstand, and the price was right.  Unfortunately when we got it back to Rabelo we discovered that our new nightstand was full of woodworms.  Lisa insisted we take it back.  Kevin looked at the stand, ...

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The Grand Metallurgy of La Grande Forge de Buffon

While we were moored in the town of Montbard, Kevin mentioned that we should go see La Grande Forge de Buffon.  It helps when your captain is an ex-tour guide.  We had never heard of La Grande Forge de Buffon, and consequently didn’t know it was only a couple of miles from where we were tied up.

Started in 1768, Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon started his irons works at age sixty.  Built on the Armacon River, ...

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The Murals of Chateau Ancy-le-France

The Burgundy Canal runs through the delightful little village of Tonnerre.  Its most notable tourist attraction is the natural spring Fosse Dionne.  Kevin told us that Jacques Cousteau once attempted to find the bottom of this spring, but was never able to. I question the accuracy of Kevin’s account. Cousteau’s adventures were surrounded by so many urban legends, and this particular story seemed ripe for a good one.  The circular pool was built in the beginning of the ...

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It’s Hard Work at a Winery!

We couldn’t have our friends Becky and Wilke leave France without going to a few wineries.  Chitry was not far from where we were moored, so we climbed into our car, and off we went.  This small French village in the northern part of Burgundy is best known for its Chablis and Aligote wines.  When it comes to white wine Lisa’s favorites are the Sauvignon Blancs from Sancerre.  We discovered that Aligote has some of the same citrus ...

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