Posts Tagged 'France'

Ponderings Before Starting Your Own Barge Adventure

After Toul our next big town was Bar-Le-Duc, but first we had to pass through the 5-kilometer Tunnel de Mauvages.  A VNF employee warned us that the water level in the tunnel was low.  When we told him we only drew 80 centimeters (31 inches) he thought we would be okay.

After 12 locks and 12 kilometers of canal we made it to the summit pond and tunnel.  The canal water was amazingly clear as we watched ...

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Touring Through Toul France

We spent just one night in Nancy and then headed for Toul.  This was a town we passed and did not want to miss when we turned around. With the temperature dropping most of the cruising boats were back home in their slips.  The local Port de Plaisance was relatively empty, so despite the port being rather small we had no problem finding a place to park.

People have been living in Toul for over 2,500 years.  ...

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Could Champagne Change Our Course?

We dropped off Penny and Ralph after a short, but delightful stay, and picked up our friends Mike and Tigre the next day.  Strasbourg was the furthest we had planned on going this summer.  It was time to turn around and head back to Holland except we are having so much fun we’ve decided to make a quick detour to the Champagne region and Paris.  With all these difficult decisions to make barging can be very stressful.

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Colmar, Grunewald, Schongauer, Wine and Cheese – This Is Living!

While in Strasbourg we took a short 40-minute train ride to Colmar. The town was very picturesque, but also very touristy. We especially enjoyed the Unterlinden museum.  The collection was not large, but well displayed and very diverse.  Make sure you go upstairs as we almost missed the best part of the museum. The Unterlinden is home to Grunewald’s stunning Isenheim Alter.  In the Dominican Church next door we saw Schongauer’s masterpiece Virgin in the Rosebush. For a ...

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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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