Posts Tagged 'Heartbreak Hiking Fools'

The ‘Fools’ Visit to France

We have been members of the esteemed hiking group the Heartbreak Hiking Fools for over ten years. When we’re in California we hike three days a week with them, and thus have developed some very close friendships. Jon and Cherolyn are both fools, as in Heartbreak Hiking Fools, and have already been on Rabelo twice. This year was trip number three for them. Our friend Rocky is one of the founding members of our hiking group, and this was her ...

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This Barge Is Not Built for 12!

Our son Randy and his wife Alexis just arrived with our two gorgeous granddaughters.  To help out with the kids Wilco brought his beautiful fifteen-year-old daughter Marscha.  We definitely have a full boat.  Now there is talk that Lisa’s nephew David and his wife Cecile along with their two young boys will also be joining us for a couple of nights.  Yikes, that’s twelve people.  Poor Rabelo was never designed to carry so many, especially rug rats, munchkins ...

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Cistercienne Abbey of Auberive and the Fortified City of Langres

One of the reasons I purchased a giant barge was so that we could carry a car.  Well that, and then there’s my oversized ego that needs feeding.  We’ve always found plenty to see along the canals, but on occasion it’s nice to jump in a car and go sight seeing.

It was a short twenty minutes drive to the 900-year-old Cistercienne Abbey of Auberive, or Abbaye Auberive.  In the mid 19th century the facility was turned ...

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The Heartbreak Hiking Fools Do France

Everyone knows that Lisa and I love to hike, and that we are members of the esteemed hiking group the Heartbreak Hiking Fools (HHF).  Whenever the opportunity presents its self we grab our poles, put on our hiking shoes and off we go.  This past week we were joined by our fellow HHF members Gail and old What’s His Name.  We happened to find a trail close to where we were tied up and decided to do a ...

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Culture Shock! Can’t We Just Stay On The Canals?

After our harrowing experience on the Marne River I was looking forward to the peace and quiet of a sleepy canal.  Once tied up in Meaux, we would almost be done with any more treacherous currents.

Brie cheese was invented in Meaux, so we found a delectable cheese shop on a little side street. Lisa and I lost all control.  We couldn’t help ourselves.  There were hundreds of cheeses to pick from.  The smells were overwhelming, and ...

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Exploring The Aisne-Marne and Le Chateau de la Ferte-Milon

We headed off to our next chateau, but on the way we passed another World War I cemetery. The Aisne-Marne American Cemetery nestles up against the foothills of the Belleau Woods where most of the 2289 American soldiers who are buried there lost their lives.  It is a beautiful, peaceful yet haunting park with its row after row of grave markers.  To see the names of so many American heroes on the stark stone chapel walls brings tears ...

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Exploring the Chateau’s of Champagne

After a wonderful week with our friends we needed to take the champagne tasting down a notch.  Rather than succumbing to a life of decadence and debauchery we decided to seek out the chateau’s hidden throughout the Champagne Region.  Please don’t get me wrong.  I never said we would eliminate the consumption of champagne only reduce it slightly.

Our next stop was Dormans where we parked Rabelo in the same spot we had parked Tigrerose nine years ...

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Chandon, Perignon and Tattinger – Oh My!

The tasting with Michel Gonet was the perfect beginning for our champagne mission.  The next stop was Reims.  I’ve never been a huge fan of large champagne houses.  Vintners like Moet & Chandon, Dom Perignon and Tattinger, in my opinion, don’t offer the value of the smaller producers.  What they do offer is an interesting tour of their massive facilities.  We visited Tattinger with its vast underground caverns originally excavated by the Romans (The French pronounce Tattinger Tah-ta-jay.) ...

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Paying Homage to Dom Perignon | Our Champagne Mission

Our guest had a good nights sleep, and were ready to go.  We were heading out on a champagne mission, but first we needed to eat.  You won’t find any cases of scurvy on the good ship Rabelo.  Lisa made a breakfast of scrambled eggs and cheese; fresh cut melon, coffee and juice, along with toast and pastries from the local patisserie. She offered champagne, but we needed to pace ourselves.  The air was a little brisk, but ...

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We’re Late, We’re Late, For A Very Important Date!

With our rudder fixed, though behind schedule, we were back on the move.  Rushing was something I’ve tried to avoid this entire trip, but there were times when it couldn’t be helped.  Our friends were joining us in less than a week.  I wanted to meet them in the Champagne Region, as I knew it would be a special treat.  We were there nine years ago, and have fond memories.

Vitry-le-Francois was our destination.  We blew through ...

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