Posts Tagged 'Fontainebleau'

Just the Seine Life for Me Please

I have to admit that I enjoy being on the Seine River.  The scenery is beautiful.  The wide-open river allows us to travel faster. The locks are much further apart, and much larger. We were just in a lock with six barges. It was a little scary, though in the end everything worked out okay. The towns have been a little larger than I like. I suspect that as we get further from Paris they will shrink in ...

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Barging – More Than Eating, Drinking and Making Merry

Lisa and I were just talking about our blogs while enjoying a fantastic meal at A la Cote St. Jacques. It is a very special restaurant that has two Michelin stars. Lisa was saying that unless you’ve actually stayed on Rabelo you would think by reading our blogs that all we do is eat, drink and sight-see. Before replying I took another sip from the fabulous Burgundian primer cru we had just ordered, and then a bite of ...

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The True Allure of Life On The River

Life along ariver has always been as different as the current that flows between its banks. It doesn’t matter if it’s the Mississippi, Rhine, Nile, or the Seine. These moving ribbons of liquid are constantly changing, presenting new and different faces at every turn.  Sometimes it is nothing more than a host of bureaucratic rules. At other times it could be a raging current or a huge fuel barge attempting to negotiate a tight turn with it’s massive ...

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A Trip of Our Favorite Spots in Paris

We spent one night in Brussels, and then it was back to Southern California for my nieces wedding. I much prefer Paris to Brussels, but I have to say we enjoyed our quick overnight stay. The old city square was beautiful, and our hotel recommended an excellent restaurant.  If you like chocolate, waffles, or beer then you’ll love Brussels.

After a short trip home we flew back, and met Rabelo in the heart of Paris. Kevin delivered ...

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Bastille Day in Nemours

We said goodbye to Heather and family, and continued on our journey.  Our next stop was Nemours. The town was pleasant, but it was the surrounding villages and cities along with the forest of Fontainebleau that we wanted to see. Chateau Landon was our first stop. The chateau is now a home for the aged, so all we could do was walk the grounds. There was also an ancient church that we popped into for a few minutes.  ...

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A Whole New Side Of Fontainebleau

With Lisa’s niece Heather and family aboard we wanted to make sure her kids were kept busy. Unfortunately we were in the middle of an unusually hot heat wave.  One day it went up to 109, and with the high humidity it felt like 114. At least on the day Heather and family arrived the Loire River was right next to the canal. Heather’s kids Jaida and Hayden went swimming in the river.

The next day we continued down the canal ...

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Our Favorite Region of France

Of all the regions we have visited in France I think the Dordogne Region is my favorite.  I would love to cruise the Dordogne River, but to get there Rabelo would have to venture out into the Atlantic, and then travel along the coast for about 300 miles.  That’s not going to happen.  We could cross the English Channel on a calm day, but a 300-mile voyage, no way.

If you haven’t heard about the Dordogne Region ...

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The Unanticapted Unexpected and Surprising – Everyday

Unanticipated, unexpected, or just plain old surprise – that’s what we face every day while cruising.  Most of the time our surprises are the kind we enjoy, but then there are those that we’d wished had never happened.  Like the day we learned they were keeping the Seine closed for an additional month.  Or the time we lost all power on Rabelo just as we passed under a bridge while heading upstream on a raging river at night.  ...

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Returning Home From Another Rabelo Adventure

It’s hard to believe, but our six months on Rabelo has flown by and come to an end.  Lisa and I are still asking, where did the time go?  We had so many wonderful adventures.  Of course the best part was sharing so many of those adventures with friends and family.  This past season we had twenty-six guests on Rabelo, which makes us kind of like a hotel barge except we don’t charge.

Our trip home was ...

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Return to Guedelon – The Newly Constructed Ancient Castle

After a wonderful week we said goodbye to Marty and Sara.  In just a few days our friends Scott and Lovita would be joining us.  We managed to coordinate their trip from Paris to Briar with Wilco so they would be on the same train. After flying six thousand miles our guests are always a little nervous when they get on the train.  After all, they are going to a small town that they have never heard of ...

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