Posts Tagged 'Author Tom Miller'

Snow-Birding Back to the US

After fifty years with Continental and then United Airlines our friend Scott recently retired.  Needless to say the guy loves airplanes, so we had to take him to Chateau Savigny-les-Beaune.  This is the chateau with the collection of post world War II fighter jets.  Of course they also have a wonderful collection of race cars, the largest private collection of motorcycles in France, and a collection of fire engines. The best part is they make some excellent wines.

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Our Last Trip of the Season – Returning to Saint John de Losne

We have a rule on Rabelo.  We never have more than one couple a month for more than five days. Of course rules are meant to be broken, and on occasion we’ve broken almost all of Rabelo’s Rules.  We said goodbye to our friends Tom and Ilana, and less than a week later our friends Scott, Lovita, Jon, and Cherolyn arrived.  We’ve had both these couples on Rabelo before, and know that they are some of our easiest ...

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Our Private Tasting Tour at Domaine Faiveley

After an amazing tasting at Olivier Leflaive our next stop was the Domaine Faiveley. Lisa and I thought that Tom really pulled a rabbit out of the hat for this one.  Faiveley is not open to the public.  They are famous for producing some of the finest wines in the world.  If you can even find their wines you will pay dearly for them.  I found it interesting that they stored literally hundreds of different wines and vintages in their ...

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If Not By Canal Then By Car – Chateauneuf Here We Come!

We met our friends Tom and Ilana at the Dijon train station. Rabelo’s gearshift and throttle were still not working, but at least we were moored in a safe place, and could use the car to go sightseeing.

Our first stop was the Musee Des Beaux-Arts, or the Museum of Fine Art.  It used to be the Ducs of Burgundy palace.  In a sense it still is as Philip the Bold and John the Fearless along with his wife Margret of ...

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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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Always Agree To An Aperitif

We’re back on the Canal du Centre. I was hoping that heading in the opposite direction would be a little easier.  Unfortunately… it wasn’t.  There were just as many tight turns coming out of the locks or after the bridges that were impossible to negotiate without touching the sides of the canal.  The area between Digoin and St. Leger sur Dhune at one time was a rich mining area with large deposits of coal, iron, lead, and clay.  ...

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Aground But Never Discouraged

We continued on our journey down the Canal Roanne a’ Digoin.  Half the time I was cursing that infernal canal while the rest of the time praising the incredible scenery.  The people running the canal didn’t know how to equalize the flow of water through the locks at night.  Some of the reaches between locks were full while others were down more than a foot.  It was a nightmare if we happen to be on a reach that ...

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