Posts Tagged 'Living Barge'

Birthday Festivities, Times Two!

It was that time of year.  Lisa was about to turn another year younger. We were so excited when our friends Alex and Elizabeth called.  It was also Elizabeth’s birthday, and they suggested a dual birthday celebration. Alex is an expat from the Bronx.  He moved to Dijon, France a number of years ago where he met his beautiful wife Elizabeth who he affectionately calls Babbette.  Among the many things Alex does to stay busy is offer cooking ...

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The Colorful History of Chateau Bussy-Rabutin

Our next adventure took us to the source of the River Seine.  We didn’t know what to expect, but were a bit disappointed when we finally arrived.  I was hoping for a huge artesian spring gushing forth crystal clear water. What we found was a marble statue set in a grotto surrounded by a shallow pond that was half empty.  To say we were disappointed would be an understatement…  At least the green pastures, multi colored leaves, blue ...

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The Roman Ruins of Veringetroix

After touring the Alesia Museum we headed up the hill to where Vercingetroix and his army encamped.  In September of 52 B.C. Caesar laid siege to the hilltop fortress where 80,000 soldiers along with the local population were living.  In three weeks he built 18 kilometers of 15 ft. high revetments and 12 ft. deep ditches trapping Vercingetroix and his men.  Soon they began to run out of food and other necessities.  Eventually they expelled the women and ...

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Rabelo’s Winter Home – The History of Alesia

We’re finally at our winter mooring.  With the canal low on water it took some doing, but we made it.This year we didn’t do an exact calculation of the miles we covered or the number of locks we transited.  My guess would be that Rabelo sailed around 1,000 miles and went through 400 locks. We have never been to Veneray les Laumes, but on our arrival we were pleasantly surprised. The town itself is not much to look ...

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Let the Bow Go Where It May – Season’s End Approaches

After six months of cruising we are almost at our winter mooring in Veneray les Laumes.  Fall is in the air.  The pastures have turned a thousand shades of green. The trees are loosing their leaves while painting the canal in a carpet of gold and red. It is so late in the season that our liquid highway is running low on water.  In fact it is so low we aren’t sure we’ll make it all the way ...

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Ravieres and Rabelo Renovations

Our next stop was the City of Ravieres where we spent four nights.  On the very first day, Lisa found an antique store.  Despite my heroic efforts there was no way she was passing it up.  We ended up finding a nice looking nightstand, and the price was right.  Unfortunately when we got it back to Rabelo we discovered that our new nightstand was full of woodworms.  Lisa insisted we take it back.  Kevin looked at the stand, ...

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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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