Posts Tagged 'France'

The Grand Metallurgy of La Grande Forge de Buffon

While we were moored in the town of Montbard, Kevin mentioned that we should go see La Grande Forge de Buffon.  It helps when your captain is an ex-tour guide.  We had never heard of La Grande Forge de Buffon, and consequently didn’t know it was only a couple of miles from where we were tied up.

Started in 1768, Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon started his irons works at age sixty.  Built on the Armacon River, ...

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The Murals of Chateau Ancy-le-France

The Burgundy Canal runs through the delightful little village of Tonnerre.  Its most notable tourist attraction is the natural spring Fosse Dionne.  Kevin told us that Jacques Cousteau once attempted to find the bottom of this spring, but was never able to. I question the accuracy of Kevin’s account. Cousteau’s adventures were surrounded by so many urban legends, and this particular story seemed ripe for a good one.  The circular pool was built in the beginning of the ...

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It’s Hard Work at a Winery!

We couldn’t have our friends Becky and Wilke leave France without going to a few wineries.  Chitry was not far from where we were moored, so we climbed into our car, and off we went.  This small French village in the northern part of Burgundy is best known for its Chablis and Aligote wines.  When it comes to white wine Lisa’s favorites are the Sauvignon Blancs from Sancerre.  We discovered that Aligote has some of the same citrus ...

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In A Bind On The Burgundy

Floating down a tranquil French canal on a barge is one of the more sybaritic experiences on earth, but it isn’t always. In fact there are times when the excitement is just about overwhelming. Our trip up the Burgundy canal was one of those times.

I had lined up our big baby perfectly to enter the next lock.  Rabelo’s bow slid between the moss covered concrete walls of lock number 103 without touching.  The French have a ...

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Returning to Rabelo!

Our trip to Africa was amazing, but it was nice to be back on our floating home “Rabelo.” While we were gone Kevin along with a deck hand, or as they call them in France a matelot, moved Rabelo from Clamcey to Migennes at the northern end of the Burgundy canal. After talking to Kevin about his trip it didn’t sound quite as exciting as our trip up the Canal du Niverais, but there was still plenty of ...

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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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