Archive for November, 2016

She Did A Bad, Bad Thing

Rabelo has been a bad girl. We were headed to Dijon to meet our friends Tom and Ilana who were joining us in just a few days.  From St. Jean de Losne it’s a two-day trip on the Burgundy Canal that includes 22 locks on the least scenic portion of the canal. With that said it’s still rather picturesque in some places. I was approaching a lock and placed the gearshift in neutral to slow Rabelo down. Something wasn’t right.  ...

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Navigating The Foggy Canal du Centre

Our last stop on the Canal du Centre was the town of Fragnes.  The mooring is nice, but most important it’s close to the big city of Chalon en sur Saone, but only if you have a car.  There’s easy shopping, and we needed to pickup a few parts for Rabelo.

Lisa and I went for a morning walk, and found a chicken farm next to the canal.  The chickens were obviously free range as they were ...

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Exploring the Secluded Charm of Santenay

Lisa and I love the village of Santenay.  There are a couple of fine restaurants, along with a number of excellent wineries.  We especially enjoy visiting the Domaine Chateau de Santenay.  One of the things that makes stopping in Santenay so special is the anchorage.  Surrounded by trees the mooring at Santenay looks out over the village, as the canal at this point is above the valley floor.  It can only hold a few boats, but we seem ...

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The High Price of Private Chateau Ownership

Our friends Sal and Edy wanted to see a chateau so being the good hosts that we are a chateau was what they got.  In 1380 Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy bought the fortress of Germolles for his wife Margaret of Flanders.  Margaret, with the help of the finest artists in Burgundy turned the fortress into a luxurious home.  Not far from Beaune, which is considered the heart of Burgundy, Chateau de Germolles is the best-preserved country ...

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A Brief History on French Crystal

Our friends Sal and Edy joined us on Rabelo.  They are ardent foodies, and wanted to savor the gourmet food France is famous for. We decided to visit the Chateau de la Verrerie in Le Creusot on Sunday, which was about a fifteen-minute drive from where we were moored.  Before our visit to La Verrerie Sal and Edysaid they wanted to enjoy the gourmet delights of Le Creusot.  Lisa took out her IPhone and went to work searching ...

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