Posts Tagged 'France'

A Brief History on French Crystal

Our friends Sal and Edy joined us on Rabelo.  They are ardent foodies, and wanted to savor the gourmet food France is famous for. We decided to visit the Chateau de la Verrerie in Le Creusot on Sunday, which was about a fifteen-minute drive from where we were moored.  Before our visit to La Verrerie Sal and Edysaid they wanted to enjoy the gourmet delights of Le Creusot.  Lisa took out her IPhone and went to work searching ...

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Always Agree To An Aperitif

We’re back on the Canal du Centre. I was hoping that heading in the opposite direction would be a little easier.  Unfortunately… it wasn’t.  There were just as many tight turns coming out of the locks or after the bridges that were impossible to negotiate without touching the sides of the canal.  The area between Digoin and St. Leger sur Dhune at one time was a rich mining area with large deposits of coal, iron, lead, and clay.  ...

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Aground But Never Discouraged

We continued on our journey down the Canal Roanne a’ Digoin.  Half the time I was cursing that infernal canal while the rest of the time praising the incredible scenery.  The people running the canal didn’t know how to equalize the flow of water through the locks at night.  Some of the reaches between locks were full while others were down more than a foot.  It was a nightmare if we happen to be on a reach that ...

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Enjoying The Leisurely Life Along the Loire

Lisa’s brother and sister-in-law met us in Roanne.  This was their sixth time on Rabelo in the five seasons we’ve owned our big girl. In the past, when coming to Rabelo, we’ve always advised our guests to take the train.  Unfortunately this year the trains have been on strike.  The strike has been intermittent, but we haven’t been able to rely on them.  We’ve been telling our friends to rent a car.  I never realized the layer of ...

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Old Habits Die Hard — Unless You’re In France

People love their daily routines. They may not want to admit it, but trying to get a person to change can be an arduous task, to say the least.  One of the things Lisa and I love about barging is that in many ways we don’t have a routine. Sure, we wake up, get out of bed, have breakfast, and brush our teeth.  But I’m talking about the big stuff.  We’re never in the same place for very long, so ...

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The Sweet Simplicity of Santenay

We are now on the Canal du Centre. In the past five years we’ve been on this canal three times.  Does the repetition make it boring? Of course not!  We might remember some of the villages or towns, but the scenery is constantly changing.  There are so many different places for Rabelo to moor we could do this canal a dozen times and never tie up in the same place.

The Canal du Centre is beautiful yet ...

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Picture Perfect in Honfleur

After an inspiring day of touring the D-Day beaches we escorted our intrepid friends Bruce and Tess to the seaside town of Honfleur.  This beautiful old fishing village was just about picture perfect.  The only problem was that like all beautiful places in France Honfleur was full of tourists.  Every shop and restaurant catered to tourists. The sidewalks were full of tourists. The whole town was nothing but tourists. Despite the crowds we still enjoyed the day.  It was well worth ...

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How to Properly Experience Normandy

We picked up our friends Bruce and Tess at Charles de Gaulle Airport, and we were off to the Normandy Coast.  We stayed in the heart of Normandy in the town of Bayeux.

The last time we were in Bayeux we were looking to buy a barge.  We found Rabelo in La Havre less than fifty miles away.  I have to admit that our last visit to Normandy other than finding Rabelo was not that exciting.  We ...

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La Vie de Voltaire

Rabelo spent the weekend in the village of Froncles.  When it wasn’t raining Lisa and I took some walks along the canal, and had drinks with two couples.  We also went marketing. We’re always marketing.  It never ends!  Fortunately we also found time to do a little sightseeing as well.

We decided to visit Chateau de Cirey where Francois-Marie Arouet lived for fifteen years.  You may not recognize the name Francois-Marie Arouet, but you probably recognize his ...

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Our Own Private Chapel Concert

You never know what the serendipities of life will serve up. One day you get piles of poop on your front lawn, and the next you wake up to the sweet smell of roses wafting through the open window.  Well it turned out that our stay in Joinville was as sweet and delicious as fresh flowers.

The last time we were in Joinville we visited Saint-Anne Chapel. It dates back to 1504, and for a small town ...

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