Posts Tagged 'Barging'

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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If Not By Canal Then By Car – Chateauneuf Here We Come!

We met our friends Tom and Ilana at the Dijon train station. Rabelo’s gearshift and throttle were still not working, but at least we were moored in a safe place, and could use the car to go sightseeing.

Our first stop was the Musee Des Beaux-Arts, or the Museum of Fine Art.  It used to be the Ducs of Burgundy palace.  In a sense it still is as Philip the Bold and John the Fearless along with his wife Margret of ...

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Navigating The Foggy Canal du Centre

Our last stop on the Canal du Centre was the town of Fragnes.  The mooring is nice, but most important it’s close to the big city of Chalon en sur Saone, but only if you have a car.  There’s easy shopping, and we needed to pickup a few parts for Rabelo.

Lisa and I went for a morning walk, and found a chicken farm next to the canal.  The chickens were obviously free range as they were ...

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Exploring the Secluded Charm of Santenay

Lisa and I love the village of Santenay.  There are a couple of fine restaurants, along with a number of excellent wineries.  We especially enjoy visiting the Domaine Chateau de Santenay.  One of the things that makes stopping in Santenay so special is the anchorage.  Surrounded by trees the mooring at Santenay looks out over the village, as the canal at this point is above the valley floor.  It can only hold a few boats, but we seem ...

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The High Price of Private Chateau Ownership

Our friends Sal and Edy wanted to see a chateau so being the good hosts that we are a chateau was what they got.  In 1380 Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy bought the fortress of Germolles for his wife Margaret of Flanders.  Margaret, with the help of the finest artists in Burgundy turned the fortress into a luxurious home.  Not far from Beaune, which is considered the heart of Burgundy, Chateau de Germolles is the best-preserved country ...

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