Posts Tagged 'Chateau'

Sainte-Chapelle – A “Must Visit” For Everyone

If you ever have the chance to visit Paris, and you enjoy classical music here is a great tip.  Go see a concert at the church of Sainte-Chapelle. It is located on the Ile de la Cite close to the Notre Dame Cathedral. Depending on the time of year you may want to buy your tickets a few days in advance. They most likely sell out during the height of the tourist season.  We bought our tickets across ...

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Chateau Saint-Fargeau: A 30-Year Restoration Project

After Guedelon we had to visit Mr. Guyot’s other castle, Saint-Fargeau.  Saint-Fargeau has a long and storied history starting around the year 980 when Heribert, Bishop of Auxerre built a fortified hunting lodge.  Over the next ten centuries the hunting lodge was turned into a castle and probably changed hands a dozen times along with suffering sever damage by two fires.  In 1979 Michel Guyot purchased Saint-Fargeau, and has spent the last 30 years refurbishing it.

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Building A Modern Castle With Medieval Techniques – Chateau de Guedelon

Fontainebleau was incredible. We were on a roll with our friends Marty and Sara, but it was time to dial up the fun factor a notch.  We decided to visit Chateau de Guedelon.

Guedelon is what happens when perfectly sane people do absolutely crazy things.  In 1997 Michel Guyot with the help of Maryline Martin decided to build a medieval castle. After all, Mr. Guyot already owned Chateau de Fargeau.  What fun would it be to just ...

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I Shall Be KING! Touring Fontainebleau

That does it.  There’s no more discussion.  Hey big guy.  That’s right, you up there.When you send me back next time, I’m gonna be the king. You got that?  I don’t want to hear about starving kids in Bangladesh or anything else.  I’m coming back as the king. That’s all there is to it.

Our friends Sara and Marty joined us.  For their first full day on Rabelo we decided to give them a treat and drive ...

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To Market! To Market! Again… and Again…

Life is good on Rabelo.  As the old cliché goes, “Happy wife, happy life.”  Lisa finally has her desk, and I no longer have to listen to her complain about not having a space to work.  Little did I know that her insatiable need to shop was alive and well.

We had gone to the market, and were driving back to Rabelo when she spotted a hand printed sign on the side of the road.  The writing ...

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French Charades and Escapades

Wow! My French must be improving or I’ve become a veritable whiz at charades. Ah, but I digress.  First I must tell you about our latest excursion.

We decided to visit Orleans the city that Joan of Arc saved from the British. Can you imagine bad food and warm beer in the middle of France?  She was another one that had visions and heard voices.  Orleans overlooks the Loire River, and has a spectacular cathedral.  The streets ...

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Stranded for 10 Days?! Plenty of Time for Another Chateau

We’ve always said that flexibility was key to enjoying the barging life, but this is getting ridiculous.  Just after arriving in Montargis we were told the VNF, the agency that runs the canals, might have to close the Seine River 10 more days in addition to the month it has already been closed.  With this latest news we made some changes to our plans, and figured out how to work around the problem.  Well we just threw all ...

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