Posts Tagged 'Barge Adventure'

The Elephants are Coming! Xigera and Duma Tau

There were many things that impressed me about the trip to Africa that Town and Country Travel (T&C) booked for us.  One thing that impressed me most was how well everything was coordinated.  There was never a wasted minute. When it was time to leave the Xigera camp and fly to Duma Tau we didn’t miss a beat. We went on the morning animal drive, got back in time for brunch, flew to Duma Tau, and then went ...

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Adventures in the Okavango River Delta

When I think of deltas, I think of the Mississippi, the Amazon, and being from California the Sacramento Delta. But the Okavango is different.  It is an inland delta rather than the sea level terminus of a major river. The source of water for the delta is the Okavango River with its head waters in the Angolan highlands. The river flows out on to the Kalahari Desert where it eventually disappears into the sand.  This unique wetland is ...

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Welcome to Africa!

Dubai is a place I’ve always wanted to see, but figured I would never get there. The architecture was amazing.  With unlimited funds available it’s a place where architects build their dreams. Our first stop was the Burj Khalifa. At 828 meters (2,715 ft.) it is the tallest building in the world.  They only let the public up to the 148th floor of its 160 floors. It’s pretty amazing being surrounded by 60 story buildings that look like ...

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We’ll Blow It Up If We Have To!

 We were less than three miles from Clamecy. The weather was perfect for our grand arrival. Okay, our arrival may not have been all that exciting for anyone else, but it was big deal for us. We continued up the Canal du Nivernais, but came to a lifting bridge where we had to stop. Usually there is a VNF employee on hand to operate this type of bridge, but this one was different. I maneuvered Rabelo over to ...

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Clamecy or Bust – Come Hell or High Water!

Before leaving Les Rochers du Saussois we decided to go for a drive. The first stop was a cave with ancient petroglyphs.  They didn’t allow photographs, so you’ll have to excuse the quality of the pictures. I couldn’t use the flash for fear of being caught. At times Lisa gets a little claustrophobic. She was allowed to go inside the cave for a few minutes to see how she would react.  It didn’t go well, so I had to do ...

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A Brief History of Vermenton – The Logging Town of France

We continued on our journey up the Canal du Nirvernais. Kevin said the village of Vermenton should not be missed even though it was three miles off the main canal on an even smaller side canal. I checked the chart, and once again the bridges were too low for us to pass, but that hadn’t stopped us yet.

We were in the heart of the Morvan region, at one time a vast area covered by forest.  Beginning ...

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What Would You Do With 9 Million Bottles of Wine?

We made it under the Pont Paul Bert without a hitch.  The charts must list bridge clearance when the river is just below flood level because according to the chart there was no way we would fit.  I know that rivers go up and down depending on the season, but what about the canals?  Canals are pretty much kept at the same level no matter what the weather conditions.  Would we end up at a bridge where we ...

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The Sights, Smells and Tastes of Joigny and Auxerre

Lisa and I enjoyed our time in Joigny. We loved its world-class restaurant A la Cote St. Jacques, the beautiful vineyards that surround the city, and its steep narrow streets with wonderful views.  The covered market built in 1884 was great, and we even bought some mussels that Kevin insisted on making for us. We didn’t know what a great chef he was!

Our last stop on the Yonne River was Auxerre.  The Canal du Nivernais starts ...

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The Sweet Simplicity of The Yonne River

We have left the Seine and are now on the Yonne River. The Yonne is smaller than the Seine, but the easiest way to tell we are on a new liquid highway is the locks.  The locks on the Yonne have slopped sides and are absolutely miserable to use. We enter the lock.  Throw a line to the lock keeper, and he places it on a bollard. I’m not sure why we bother, as the line remains completely ...

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Just the Seine Life for Me Please

I have to admit that I enjoy being on the Seine River.  The scenery is beautiful.  The wide-open river allows us to travel faster. The locks are much further apart, and much larger. We were just in a lock with six barges. It was a little scary, though in the end everything worked out okay. The towns have been a little larger than I like. I suspect that as we get further from Paris they will shrink in ...

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