Posts Tagged 'Belgium'

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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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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Exploring Reims France & Eisenhower’s WWII Headquarters

We met our friends Sandy and Alain in Reims, the capital of Champagne.  We’ve been there three times now, but always concentrated on the champagne houses.  Of course we visited the cathedral and the Bishops Palace as they are both UNESCO historical sites.  I prefer the Cathedral in Reims to Notre Dame in Paris.  Apparently 25 past kings also agreed with me as they chose Reims for their coronation.

With a little extra time we did some ...

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The 180 Degree Battle & Charleville-Mezieres

We’ve been fighting the current on the Muese River for two weeks.  We spoke to another cruiser, and a few weeks ago he had to wait eight days before continuing on the Meuse River due to flooding.  If we had to go with the current I would have stopped.    It’s one thing to run with the stream on a small boat where you can reverse course and face into the current.  On a vessel the size of Rabelo ...

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Exploring Namur Belgium & The Citadelle Namur

After our harrowing experience we are safely tied up in Namur, Belgium.  The problem was a bad regulator on the main engine generator.  Wilco has gone home for some well deserved R & R.  He took the regulator, generator and four starting batteries that we think were fried due to the bad regulator.  We have our first guests arriving soon, so Rabelo needs to be in shape and start behaving herself.  Wilco will be very busy when he ...

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They Did It! They Called The Cops On Us!

I can’t believe it.  They did it again.  They called the cops on us.  Before you know it our pictures will be hanging in every post office in France.  We were tied up in St. Miheil, a small town of 5,000.  Wilco had driven Marscha home leaving Lisa and me to fend for ourselves.  That evening we found a restaurant that had Wifi, and also served a pretty decent meal.  When we returned there was another boat tied ...

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A Tour of the Past in Verdun

We finally met up with Wilco in Stenay.  More important he brought his lovely 14-year- old daughter Marscha to help look after my two beautiful granddaughters Talia and Zoe.  While I’ve enjoyed being the captain of my own boat having Wilco takes a lot of pressure off of me.

From Stenay our next few stops were Dun-sur-Meuse, Consenvoye and finally Verdun.  At Dun-sur-Meuse we climbed a hill to the remnants of a walled city.  There wasn’t much ...

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Much Ado About Nothing | Mouzon and the Meuse River

From Sedan we headed for Mouzon.  We were still without Wilco, but with every passing day my confidence was building.  We arrived in Mouzon only to find the Port was full.  With six people on board I was concerned about our water situation, and decided to side tie to our friends on Zambezi, fill our tank, and then leave.  As we began to maneuver into the tiny port everyone along the quay came out to watch what they ...

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I Found Nirvana… In A Sandwich

I am excited to announce that I have found Nirvana, and it sure wasn’t where you might expect.  Cruising the canals of France has been spectacular.  They are a magnet for the natural flora and fauna.  You would think that traveling down sybaritic waterways lined with wild mustard and lavender, full of trout and perch with the constant cacophony of birds in the background would be as close to heaven as one could find

Or a horizon ...

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