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Our Departure For Namur, Belgium

We will miss the warm friendly Dutch and their beautiful country.  At least we have Wilco.  He has been invaluable, and always a pleasure to be around. Our next stop was Liege, Belgium. I’ve never had any desire to stop there, but that was a mistake.  After dinner we walked around town to find a dynamic metropolitan center full of active, dancing, laughing, smiling people. The square with its huge cathedral and bountiful flowerbeds was amazing. The city had this wondeerful beat, a life of its own that forced you to like it. In a residential area we found a band playing for a couple hundred people in the middle of the street.  Lisa, Ilana and I then went back to Rabelo along the riverfront passing old barges that were now homes, exciting artwork and the Liege Aquarium.

“Liege Cathedral”

“Artwork over the canal just behind us.”

“More artwork.”

“A band we found set up in the middle of the street.”

Once back on Rabelo it was time for dessert. Lisa had made some delicious baked apples. I love the cinnamon and raisins in the center, and of course they needed ice cream.  Remember, one does not go through life without vast quantities of ice cream. After dessert I was going to wash the dishes and found a wonderful surprise just outside the kitchen window. The bridge in front of us was all lit up.  Lisa noted that the bridge behind us was also lit up and changing colors.  It was a Kodak moment not to be missed. I took out the tripod, and got some great long exposure shots.

“The view from our kitchen window without the window.”

“Liege at night.”

From Liege we went to Namur, Belgium where we picked up our friend and fellow Heartbreak Hiking Fool (HHF) Steve. I may not have mentioned that Lisa and I are avid hikers, and members of the not so elite HHF hiking group.  Congratulations to the HHF Whitney team.  Seventeen of our members assaulted Mt Whitney, the tallest mountain in the continental United States, and all seventeen succeeded.

Namur was where I took delivery of a frozen Rabelo in February of this year.  We ended up moored in the exact same spot where our baby was handed over to me.  There have been a lot of changes to our girl since that faithful day along with a lot of wonderful memories, and we’ve just begun our adventure.

“The spot where we were frozen in for two days back in February.”

“Entering Namur.”

After retrieving a worn out Steve we walked back to Rabelo with our exhausted traveler and his luggage in tow. We climbed aboard Rabelo and immediately left for Dinant, Belgium knowing that the locks would close in 1.5 hours.   We would have to find a place to moor along the river, and did we find an incredible place to tie up, but I will have to save the details for my next blog.

-Tom Miller
Author of “The Wave” – 
a Chuck Palmer Adventure novel

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About the Author:

Tom Miller graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science in Geology. He is a consummate adventurer with over 1,000 dives as a recreational scuba diver, and an avid sailor who has traveled 65,000 miles throughout the Pacific including the Hawaiian Islands. Miller has also cruised the canals of Europe on his canal barge and given numerous lectures on cruising the canals of Europe, as well as sailing in the South Pacific. Piloting is also an interest of Miller's, and He has completed over 1,000 hours flying everything from small Cessnas to Lear jets.