Posts Tagged 'Medieval Castle'

Our Favorite Region of France

Of all the regions we have visited in France I think the Dordogne Region is my favorite.  I would love to cruise the Dordogne River, but to get there Rabelo would have to venture out into the Atlantic, and then travel along the coast for about 300 miles.  That’s not going to happen.  We could cross the English Channel on a calm day, but a 300-mile voyage, no way.

If you haven’t heard about the Dordogne Region ...

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The Unanticapted Unexpected and Surprising – Everyday

Unanticipated, unexpected, or just plain old surprise – that’s what we face every day while cruising.  Most of the time our surprises are the kind we enjoy, but then there are those that we’d wished had never happened.  Like the day we learned they were keeping the Seine closed for an additional month.  Or the time we lost all power on Rabelo just as we passed under a bridge while heading upstream on a raging river at night.  ...

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Returning Home From Another Rabelo Adventure

It’s hard to believe, but our six months on Rabelo has flown by and come to an end.  Lisa and I are still asking, where did the time go?  We had so many wonderful adventures.  Of course the best part was sharing so many of those adventures with friends and family.  This past season we had twenty-six guests on Rabelo, which makes us kind of like a hotel barge except we don’t charge.

Our trip home was ...

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Return to Guedelon – The Newly Constructed Ancient Castle

After a wonderful week we said goodbye to Marty and Sara.  In just a few days our friends Scott and Lovita would be joining us.  We managed to coordinate their trip from Paris to Briar with Wilco so they would be on the same train. After flying six thousand miles our guests are always a little nervous when they get on the train.  After all, they are going to a small town that they have never heard of ...

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Sainte-Chapelle – A “Must Visit” For Everyone

If you ever have the chance to visit Paris, and you enjoy classical music here is a great tip.  Go see a concert at the church of Sainte-Chapelle. It is located on the Ile de la Cite close to the Notre Dame Cathedral. Depending on the time of year you may want to buy your tickets a few days in advance. They most likely sell out during the height of the tourist season.  We bought our tickets across ...

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Chateau Saint-Fargeau: A 30-Year Restoration Project

After Guedelon we had to visit Mr. Guyot’s other castle, Saint-Fargeau.  Saint-Fargeau has a long and storied history starting around the year 980 when Heribert, Bishop of Auxerre built a fortified hunting lodge.  Over the next ten centuries the hunting lodge was turned into a castle and probably changed hands a dozen times along with suffering sever damage by two fires.  In 1979 Michel Guyot purchased Saint-Fargeau, and has spent the last 30 years refurbishing it.

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Building A Modern Castle With Medieval Techniques – Chateau de Guedelon

Fontainebleau was incredible. We were on a roll with our friends Marty and Sara, but it was time to dial up the fun factor a notch.  We decided to visit Chateau de Guedelon.

Guedelon is what happens when perfectly sane people do absolutely crazy things.  In 1997 Michel Guyot with the help of Maryline Martin decided to build a medieval castle. After all, Mr. Guyot already owned Chateau de Fargeau.  What fun would it be to just ...

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