Posts Tagged 'France'

Now Entering The Alpines! The Road to Strasbourg

From the Arzviller lock we entered a beautiful steep walled canyon that engulfed us in an alpine environment.  Even the houses look different.  The canal was incredibly twisty following the floor of the canyon as it meandered towards our final destination of Strasbourg.  Some of the turns were almost impossible to negotiate without coming to a complete stop.

On one of the ridges was an impressive ruin.  The young girl operating the lock said there was a ...

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This Is How Cruising Ought To Be… Right?

We are on the summit pond with no locks for next 30 kilometers.  The scenery is magnificent, and the weather is cooperating.  This kind of cruising should be as relaxing as it gets, but it’s not.  The canal is incredibly narrow.   It is so narrow it is almost impossible to pass boats going the opposite direction, especially if they are rental boats.  You can always tell a rental boat by the serpentine wake it leaves going from one ...

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I Think We Are Becoming French…

I know better than to rush while cruising the idyllic canals of France, but we have friends we’re meeting in Strasbourg.  You have to realize that when I say rushing in France the word takes on a whole new meaning.  In fact we may have spent too much time here, as I think we’re turning French.  Before you know it I’ll be wearing a beret.  Yesterday Lisa said we’re out of bread, and if we happen to see ...

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Nancy – Our Favorite City In France

Wilco had business to take care of back home and would be gone for 5 nights.  We had heard wonderful things about Nancy so we hurried there passing up some beautiful little villages.  We also missed the city of Toul, which looked amazing from the canal.  We will be passing through the same area on our way to Paris so we should be able to see everything we missed.  I just hope we are not going to be ...

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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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Night Sailing With The Rabelo | Adventure Travel Can Get Intense!

It’s been a long day, but we made it to Maastricht.  The fuel dock is empty and waiting for us.  We will have to make a 180-degree turn to dock, but that shouldn’t be a problem.  I slow to a stop, twist the wheel so that the rudder is perpendicular to the direction we were moving, and give the engine a little throttle.  Rabelo easily spins on her own length.  That wasn’t hard at all.  I pull up next ...

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Introducing Rabelo | The Adventure Begins

Holy shit, what have I done?  It’s four in the morning and I just bought a 127ft. barge.  Not only did I just buy a barge, but the damn thing is in France.

It all started about four months ago.  It was early in the morning.  I had gotten up to use the bathroom, and decided to check my e-mail. Had the owners accepted my offer on Rabelo.

 

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