Posts Tagged 'Nancy France'

Head to Head with the Big Boys – Art and Barge!

We waved goodbye to Nancy, and headed off to our next destination the city of Toul. Like Nancy we also visited Toul six years ago.

Because of Rabelo’s size we usually make mooring arrangements in advance especially when were going to a large city. It helps that when making mooring arrangements we talk.  We talk to the VNF employees, we talk to the people in the villages along the canals, and most important we talk to the other cruisers. While we ...

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The Bright Lights of Stanislaus Square

Nancy was our turnaround point. Alas it was time to head back to Saint Jean de Losne for the winter. It had been six years since we had visited Nancy, and we were excited to return. Fortunately the old city, and more important Stanislaus Square were the same. In fact the amazing light show displayed every night in the square was even better than the one we saw six years ago. What had changed was all the development around the ...

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Colmar, Grunewald, Schongauer, Wine and Cheese – This Is Living!

While in Strasbourg we took a short 40-minute train ride to Colmar. The town was very picturesque, but also very touristy. We especially enjoyed the Unterlinden museum.  The collection was not large, but well displayed and very diverse.  Make sure you go upstairs as we almost missed the best part of the museum. The Unterlinden is home to Grunewald’s stunning Isenheim Alter.  In the Dominican Church next door we saw Schongauer’s masterpiece Virgin in the Rosebush. For a ...

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Now Entering The Alpines! The Road to Strasbourg

From the Arzviller lock we entered a beautiful steep walled canyon that engulfed us in an alpine environment.  Even the houses look different.  The canal was incredibly twisty following the floor of the canyon as it meandered towards our final destination of Strasbourg.  Some of the turns were almost impossible to negotiate without coming to a complete stop.

On one of the ridges was an impressive ruin.  The young girl operating the lock said there was a ...

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This Is How Cruising Ought To Be… Right?

We are on the summit pond with no locks for next 30 kilometers.  The scenery is magnificent, and the weather is cooperating.  This kind of cruising should be as relaxing as it gets, but it’s not.  The canal is incredibly narrow.   It is so narrow it is almost impossible to pass boats going the opposite direction, especially if they are rental boats.  You can always tell a rental boat by the serpentine wake it leaves going from one ...

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I Think We Are Becoming French…

I know better than to rush while cruising the idyllic canals of France, but we have friends we’re meeting in Strasbourg.  You have to realize that when I say rushing in France the word takes on a whole new meaning.  In fact we may have spent too much time here, as I think we’re turning French.  Before you know it I’ll be wearing a beret.  Yesterday Lisa said we’re out of bread, and if we happen to see ...

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Nancy – Our Favorite City In France

Wilco had business to take care of back home and would be gone for 5 nights.  We had heard wonderful things about Nancy so we hurried there passing up some beautiful little villages.  We also missed the city of Toul, which looked amazing from the canal.  We will be passing through the same area on our way to Paris so we should be able to see everything we missed.  I just hope we are not going to be ...

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