Archive for June, 2016

France Is Flooding! France Is Flooding!

Okay, I give up. We’ve had enough rain.  Lisa and I grew up in Southern California where rain is so rare that it’s something to look forward to.  I am no longer looking forward to more rain.  France has had its wettest May on record, and boy was it wet.

At least there was a silver lining to those awful storm clouds.  Apparently the barge gods were looking after us, or was it dumb luck?  You can ...

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Meeting The World’s Greatest Adventurer

While moored in Chateau Thierry we did some more sightseeing with our friends Marty and Sara.  There is actually very little left of the chateau that the city is named after, but the views from the hill where it use to sit are worth the climb.  We also took them to the American War Memorial, which is located on a hill above the Marne River Valley.

Vaux-le-Vicomte was one of the best chateaus we have been to, ...

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Visiting The First “Versailles”

We had a pleasant stay in Meaux, but it’s not my favorite city in France.  It is only about thirty miles from Paris, which may explain some of my reticence. It doesn’t have the culture or energy of Paris, but it has some of that big city feel.

After crossing the Atlantic on a ship, and then cruising around Europe our friends Marty and Sara joined us in Meaux to spend a week on our little ship.

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O Captain – My Captain! But Where is our Captain?

Kevin just dropped a bomb.  He gave us two weeks notice, and then he is leaving…  We are both sad, and at the same time very upset.  Kevin has a new wife and six month old baby.  While his wife speaks perfect French she is still an immigrant from Senegal living in a small village of 60.  We can imagine it must be very difficult for her.  She told Kevin that she needs him at home to help ...

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We’re Baaaaack – In France

We’re back in France! We spent a crazy six months in Southern California getting together with family and friends while trying to manage our busy lifestyle.  I’m convinced that whoever coined the cliché, “The grass is always greener on the other side,”was thinking of us.  With all that we had going on at home Lisa and I were constantly reminding each other how we couldn’t wait to get back to Rabelo where life’s pace would be a little ...

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