Posts Tagged 'Barge Travel'

Chateau de Rully by The Man Who Knows It Best

Lisa’s brother Jerry and his wife Arlene joined us after their exciting cruise down the Danube River.  Rabelo may be comfortable, but we’ll have a tough time competing with the services on a 500 ft. ship.

Burgundy may be best known for it’s wine and mustard, but there are also plenty of chateaus to see.  We first decided to visit Chateau de Rully.  What a treat!  If you happen to be close to Beaune you should call ...

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The Gem of Dole, France

An eerie silence has moved onto Rabelo.  The hordes are gone, and Lisa and I have been left to our own devices.  Our big baby seems sad without the chatter and screams of laughing children. David, Cecile and family took off yesterday, and our son is driving his family to Geneva, Switzerland to fly home.  Randy decided to abandon the highways in favor of the back roads. They stopped in the little town of Dole, and sent us ...

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Chateau de La Rochepot

If Paris is the heart of France then Dijon is the heart of Burgundy.  It is a little known fact that snails were first baked with butter, garlic and parsley and devoured right here in this fabled region.  And if there is one thing the French like more than a frog’s leg it’s a delectable snail.  Just the other day I saw a Frenchman in traditional snail hunting garb seeking out his prey.  He was wearing yellow track ...

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Invasion of the Rug Rats | Escaping to Dijon

The sky may be clear, but Lisa and I are consumed by that eerie feeling of an approaching storm.  What hidden catastrophe lurks just over the horizon?  Is it a hurricane, a tornado or could it be an earthquake?  OMG, it’s worse than I thought.  Cesar’s Roman legions, Napoleon’s Grande Armee, even Richard Simmons and his corpulent ladies would have been less intimidating. Why, it’s a disaster of biblical proportions. We’ve been invaded… by rug rats!

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It’s Time To Hire A Boat! Rules of the Canals

It’s time to crash and burn.  The has weather finally turned warm, and the hire boats are out in force.  For those that want to experience the canals and rivers of France, and you’re not ready to buy a barge, then the hire boat is the way to go.  Hire boats range in size from 28 feet to 50 feet.  They sleep four to twelve, and the best part is you get to be the captain.  In fact ...

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This Barge Is Not Built for 12!

Our son Randy and his wife Alexis just arrived with our two gorgeous granddaughters.  To help out with the kids Wilco brought his beautiful fifteen-year-old daughter Marscha.  We definitely have a full boat.  Now there is talk that Lisa’s nephew David and his wife Cecile along with their two young boys will also be joining us for a couple of nights.  Yikes, that’s twelve people.  Poor Rabelo was never designed to carry so many, especially rug rats, munchkins ...

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Cistercienne Abbey of Auberive and the Fortified City of Langres

One of the reasons I purchased a giant barge was so that we could carry a car.  Well that, and then there’s my oversized ego that needs feeding.  We’ve always found plenty to see along the canals, but on occasion it’s nice to jump in a car and go sight seeing.

It was a short twenty minutes drive to the 900-year-old Cistercienne Abbey of Auberive, or Abbaye Auberive.  In the mid 19th century the facility was turned ...

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Daily Life In A Small European Village

When Rabelo is on the move, we usually end up moored next to a small village. When I say small I’m talking about a town with a population of no more than two or three hundred.  There isn’t even a place to buy a newspaper.  If you want a fresh baguette you have to know when and where the bakery truck stops.  Most cruisers we’ve met complain that there is nothing to these small villages and they all ...

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The Holy Grail of Wine and Tastings Galore!

After the barrel factory our next stop was Edmond Fallot’s mustard factory.  Unlike the cooperage everything was automated.  There wasn’t much to see, but the smell made up for the lack of excitement.  We were separated from the factory by a glass wall, and yet our eyes would not stop tearing.  The few workers they have must be super human as they spend their day in an almost toxic atmosphere without any protection.  After the tour we were ...

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The Heartbreak Hiking Fools Do France

Everyone knows that Lisa and I love to hike, and that we are members of the esteemed hiking group the Heartbreak Hiking Fools (HHF).  Whenever the opportunity presents its self we grab our poles, put on our hiking shoes and off we go.  This past week we were joined by our fellow HHF members Gail and old What’s His Name.  We happened to find a trail close to where we were tied up and decided to do a ...

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