Posts Tagged 'Burgundy'

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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Rabelo’s Winter Home – The History of Alesia

We’re finally at our winter mooring.  With the canal low on water it took some doing, but we made it.This year we didn’t do an exact calculation of the miles we covered or the number of locks we transited.  My guess would be that Rabelo sailed around 1,000 miles and went through 400 locks. We have never been to Veneray les Laumes, but on our arrival we were pleasantly surprised. The town itself is not much to look ...

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Let the Bow Go Where It May – Season’s End Approaches

After six months of cruising we are almost at our winter mooring in Veneray les Laumes.  Fall is in the air.  The pastures have turned a thousand shades of green. The trees are loosing their leaves while painting the canal in a carpet of gold and red. It is so late in the season that our liquid highway is running low on water.  In fact it is so low we aren’t sure we’ll make it all the way ...

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Ravieres and Rabelo Renovations

Our next stop was the City of Ravieres where we spent four nights.  On the very first day, Lisa found an antique store.  Despite my heroic efforts there was no way she was passing it up.  We ended up finding a nice looking nightstand, and the price was right.  Unfortunately when we got it back to Rabelo we discovered that our new nightstand was full of woodworms.  Lisa insisted we take it back.  Kevin looked at the stand, ...

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The Grand Metallurgy of La Grande Forge de Buffon

While we were moored in the town of Montbard, Kevin mentioned that we should go see La Grande Forge de Buffon.  It helps when your captain is an ex-tour guide.  We had never heard of La Grande Forge de Buffon, and consequently didn’t know it was only a couple of miles from where we were tied up.

Started in 1768, Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon started his irons works at age sixty.  Built on the Armacon River, ...

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The Murals of Chateau Ancy-le-France

The Burgundy Canal runs through the delightful little village of Tonnerre.  Its most notable tourist attraction is the natural spring Fosse Dionne.  Kevin told us that Jacques Cousteau once attempted to find the bottom of this spring, but was never able to. I question the accuracy of Kevin’s account. Cousteau’s adventures were surrounded by so many urban legends, and this particular story seemed ripe for a good one.  The circular pool was built in the beginning of the ...

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In A Bind On The Burgundy

Floating down a tranquil French canal on a barge is one of the more sybaritic experiences on earth, but it isn’t always. In fact there are times when the excitement is just about overwhelming. Our trip up the Burgundy canal was one of those times.

I had lined up our big baby perfectly to enter the next lock.  Rabelo’s bow slid between the moss covered concrete walls of lock number 103 without touching.  The French have a ...

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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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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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