Posts Tagged 'Barge Travel'

Exploring The Beauty of Briare

Briare is a small town, but beautiful with plenty of things to see.  It is located on the right bank of the Loire River with many small canals surrounding the city and a marina in the center of town.  Flower planters bursting with color have been placed on all the bridges and even the lock doors were decorated.  The church was unique in that the entire floor was covered in mosaic murals with tiles from the local ceramics ...

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Traversing the Pont Canal de Briare!

Our next stop was Briare.  At one of the locks was a lock-keeper selling regional wines.  We’re always happy to help out the local economy.  Lisa bought two bottles including a very nice Sancerre.  An hour later Lisa said she needed a baguette for lunch, and if we saw a village that had a boulangerie to please stop.  The next town not only had a boulangerie, but it was just off the canal.  We pulled over, Lisa jumped ...

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Harvesting All The Way To Nevers – Barging Has Its Moments

Our next stop was Nevers!  This part of the canal was lined with big juicy black berries.  We had to stop and pick some.  Just around a sharp bend was a peach tree loaded with peaches.  Unfortunately this one caught me by surprise – you don’t stop a 200-ton barge on a dime, so we continued on.  Three locks further there was a peach tree next to the lock so I picked a dozen and off we went. ...

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“Why can’t you cook like Lisa?” I’m a Blessed Man!

Lisa and I have been married since the beginning of time.  Well at least it feels that way.  Other than those first few meals, she has always been an outstanding cook.  I’m talking about the kind of chef that when our friends leave after a dinner party the husband asks the wife, “Why can’t you cook like Lisa?”My beloved has had some interesting conversations with her lady friends following our dinner parties.  Well there must be something about ...

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The Spectacular Chateau-le-Digoine & Chateau de la Roche

From Paray-le-Monial we drove to Chateau-le-Digoine.  When we arrived, the place was covered with young people, old people, kids and dogs.  There were hundreds of them walking along the canal, and up the road to the chateau.  After their walk they gathered in one of the chateaux out buildings where a dinning room had been set up. The only thing we could find out about them was that they were part of an organization that did a lot of walks.  ...

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Paray-le-Monial and the Sacred Heart

We spent a night in Montceau-les-Mines only to leave the next day.  The town looked like it had great potential, but ended up doing little for us.  I have to admit the brand new supermarche´ was impressive, especially with its dock on the canal.

Our next stop was Paray-le-Monial.  We had never heard of this small town, but apparently it is a Christian spiritual center with thousands of pilgrims arriving each year.  Even Pope John Paul II ...

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The Many Chateaux of Burgundy – Sully, Couches and Cormatin

Chateaux, they’re everywhere.  Burgundy must have been infected with a terrible plague of oversized egos.  These epic homes were never built as just a nice place to live in the summer. It was said, “it is the chateau that makes the nobleman.”  It was all about bragging rights. Mine is bigger and better than yours.  Apparently men haven’t changed much.  The only difference is that now when we brag about how big it is.  It’s on a completely ...

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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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