Posts Tagged 'Author Tom Miller'

A Day In Our French Slice of Heaven

The other day Lisa and I went for our 10,000-step walk along the canal. We didn’t start until almost 10:00 AM. The temperature was rising fast, and the humidity had already reached stratospheric levels. Remember we’re from Southern California. We don’t know about humidity. By the time we got back it was almost noon, and we were soaked in sweat. We were also hungry. I have to say Lisa is an amazing chef. She consistently makes phenomenal meals. My beautiful ...

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The Road to Chateauneuf

In my last blog I complained about not finding any trails with a vertical challenge. I actually like going up hill. On occasion, if we can find the right deserted road we will abandon the canal paths and head up hill. But the road has to be deserted. There’s nothing worse than walking along a busy French country road. They don’t have sidewalks, gravel paths, or even mow the grass, so you have to walk on the road, and that’s ...

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Things Seen Walking Along The Canals of France

Our journey up the Burgundy Canal continues. We find it difficult to exercise as much as we like. Three times per week for the last ten years we’ve been hiking five to seven miles in the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains. By now we know the terrain, and all the trails. In France we don’t know where the trails are, and can’t seem to find anyone that does. The other problem is they don’t build canals in the mountains for obvious ...

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Vandenesse-en-Auxois by Way of Abbaye de la Bussierie

We continued up the Burgundy Canal towards our ultimate destination of Vandenesse-en-Auxois (Vandenesse).There is a three-kilometer tunnel at the summit of the Burgundy Canal that Rabelo is too big to fit through. Vandenesse is the last village before the tunnel, so that’s where we stop and turnaround.

From Dijon to Vandenesse the Burgundy Canal runs through the Ouche Valley. When on a barge one must remember the journey is as important as the destination. If you ask me it’s more important. ...

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New Friends on the Burgundy Canal

It’s springtime in France. Life’s palate has blossomed, or should I say exploded into a rainbow of colors, musical birds, the smell of fresh cut grass, and so much more to savor. It’s a combination that’s guaranteed to bring joy to our hearts. With the new spring we also met some new friends on an old familiar boat.

We originally met Georgie and Greg six years ago on their boat Zambezi. We’ve stayed in touch, and met on the canals a ...

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Sancerres, Sommeliers and Unwanted Guests of The Burgundy Canal

In my last blog I wrote about building spreader bars to hold Rabelo off the quay in Dijon. The reason for the spreader bars was because we’ve had problems with unwanted visitors. My thought process was that placing six feet of water between the land and Rabelo would be a significant deterrent. As ominous as having uninvited guests may sound it’s been more of an annoyance than a problem. At no time have we ever felt threatened,

On one occasion a ...

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A Week In New York City and Paris – Back on Rabelo!

It’s good to be back! Lisa and I have returned to Rabelo after an amazing week and a half of travel.  Our favorite cites in the world are New York and Paris, and that’s where we’ve been.

We spent almost a week in New York with the Rubicon Theater.  This was our fifth trip with them. Last year we went to Ireland, and enjoyed the Dublin’s theater scene. This year, we saw four great performances in the Big Apple. Our favorites ...

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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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