Posts Tagged 'Dijon'

Our First Dutch Barge Association Rally!

This past weekend worked out better than we ever dreamed. Lisa and I have been members of the Dutch Barge Association (DBA) for almost fifteen years. We’ve always wanted to go to their annual rally, but it has never worked out. This year was their 25th anniversary, and their big gala was in Auxerre, France. There was no way we could get Rabelo to Auxerre in time for the rally! To go there via canal would require us to transit ...

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A Day In Our French Slice of Heaven

The other day Lisa and I went for our 10,000-step walk along the canal. We didn’t start until almost 10:00 AM. The temperature was rising fast, and the humidity had already reached stratospheric levels. Remember we’re from Southern California. We don’t know about humidity. By the time we got back it was almost noon, and we were soaked in sweat. We were also hungry. I have to say Lisa is an amazing chef. She consistently makes phenomenal meals. My beautiful ...

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Things Seen Walking Along The Canals of France

Our journey up the Burgundy Canal continues. We find it difficult to exercise as much as we like. Three times per week for the last ten years we’ve been hiking five to seven miles in the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains. By now we know the terrain, and all the trails. In France we don’t know where the trails are, and can’t seem to find anyone that does. The other problem is they don’t build canals in the mountains for obvious ...

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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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Why You Should Consider a Travel Agent

For the second half of our Ireland trip, Lisa used a travel agent.  I was a little surprised. I thought with the advent of the Internet, travel agents had been abandon to the scrap heap of useless enterprises along with the milkman, pay telephones, and full service gas stations.  Generally speaking I still believe my assumption to be true.  The good news is that those travel agents that to survive the Internet incursion were the best in their ...

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Journey to Ireland!

We’re off to Ireland. Ireland had never been on my radar, but I have to say both Lisa and I were pleasantly surprised. There were two parts to our trip.  The first was with the Rubicon Theater.  The Rubicon is a small gem that shines so brightly in Ventura County, California.  The auditorium seats less than 200, and yet the Rubicon puts on some of the most amazing, professionally produced, unique productions imaginable.  Many have gone on to ...

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A Tour of Langres, Dijon and Jardin de Silliere

Rabelo has been a very naughty girl. Her pilothouse broke… again. The first time it was one of the eight steel cables that lift the pilot house roof. With some help from my friend Bruce I managed to replace the broken cable.  This time it was a weld on some rollers that the cables run through.  Unfortunately I don’t know how to weld, but I’m seriously thinking of learning.  Fortunately, Kevin our old captain does know how to ...

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We are BACK on Rabelo – and the Louis Vuitton Museum

After a hectic winter Lisa and have returned to Rabelo. We were so excited to be back you would think we were a couple of kids. Before heading to Rabelo we spent two nights in Paris recovering from our long flight and a train ride from Brussels to Paris. During our short layover we also celebrated my birthday.  Unfortunately, while rushing to make my birthday dinner I unexpectedly found myself in the middle of an altercation with a ...

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