Posts Tagged 'France'

We’ll Blow It Up If We Have To!

 We were less than three miles from Clamecy. The weather was perfect for our grand arrival. Okay, our arrival may not have been all that exciting for anyone else, but it was big deal for us. We continued up the Canal du Nivernais, but came to a lifting bridge where we had to stop. Usually there is a VNF employee on hand to operate this type of bridge, but this one was different. I maneuvered Rabelo over to ...

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Clamecy or Bust – Come Hell or High Water!

Before leaving Les Rochers du Saussois we decided to go for a drive. The first stop was a cave with ancient petroglyphs.  They didn’t allow photographs, so you’ll have to excuse the quality of the pictures. I couldn’t use the flash for fear of being caught. At times Lisa gets a little claustrophobic. She was allowed to go inside the cave for a few minutes to see how she would react.  It didn’t go well, so I had to do ...

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A Brief History of Vermenton – The Logging Town of France

We continued on our journey up the Canal du Nirvernais. Kevin said the village of Vermenton should not be missed even though it was three miles off the main canal on an even smaller side canal. I checked the chart, and once again the bridges were too low for us to pass, but that hadn’t stopped us yet.

We were in the heart of the Morvan region, at one time a vast area covered by forest.  Beginning ...

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What Would You Do With 9 Million Bottles of Wine?

We made it under the Pont Paul Bert without a hitch.  The charts must list bridge clearance when the river is just below flood level because according to the chart there was no way we would fit.  I know that rivers go up and down depending on the season, but what about the canals?  Canals are pretty much kept at the same level no matter what the weather conditions.  Would we end up at a bridge where we ...

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The Sights, Smells and Tastes of Joigny and Auxerre

Lisa and I enjoyed our time in Joigny. We loved its world-class restaurant A la Cote St. Jacques, the beautiful vineyards that surround the city, and its steep narrow streets with wonderful views.  The covered market built in 1884 was great, and we even bought some mussels that Kevin insisted on making for us. We didn’t know what a great chef he was!

Our last stop on the Yonne River was Auxerre.  The Canal du Nivernais starts ...

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The Sweet Simplicity of The Yonne River

We have left the Seine and are now on the Yonne River. The Yonne is smaller than the Seine, but the easiest way to tell we are on a new liquid highway is the locks.  The locks on the Yonne have slopped sides and are absolutely miserable to use. We enter the lock.  Throw a line to the lock keeper, and he places it on a bollard. I’m not sure why we bother, as the line remains completely ...

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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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