Posts Tagged 'Barge Travel'

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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Enjoying The Leisurely Life Along the Loire

Lisa’s brother and sister-in-law met us in Roanne.  This was their sixth time on Rabelo in the five seasons we’ve owned our big girl. In the past, when coming to Rabelo, we’ve always advised our guests to take the train.  Unfortunately this year the trains have been on strike.  The strike has been intermittent, but we haven’t been able to rely on them.  We’ve been telling our friends to rent a car.  I never realized the layer of ...

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Old Habits Die Hard — Unless You’re In France

People love their daily routines. They may not want to admit it, but trying to get a person to change can be an arduous task, to say the least.  One of the things Lisa and I love about barging is that in many ways we don’t have a routine. Sure, we wake up, get out of bed, have breakfast, and brush our teeth.  But I’m talking about the big stuff.  We’re never in the same place for very long, so ...

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The Sweet Simplicity of Santenay

We are now on the Canal du Centre. In the past five years we’ve been on this canal three times.  Does the repetition make it boring? Of course not!  We might remember some of the villages or towns, but the scenery is constantly changing.  There are so many different places for Rabelo to moor we could do this canal a dozen times and never tie up in the same place.

The Canal du Centre is beautiful yet ...

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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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