Posts Tagged 'Paray-le-Monial'

The High Price of Private Chateau Ownership

Our friends Sal and Edy wanted to see a chateau so being the good hosts that we are a chateau was what they got.  In 1380 Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy bought the fortress of Germolles for his wife Margaret of Flanders.  Margaret, with the help of the finest artists in Burgundy turned the fortress into a luxurious home.  Not far from Beaune, which is considered the heart of Burgundy, Chateau de Germolles is the best-preserved country ...

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A Brief History on French Crystal

Our friends Sal and Edy joined us on Rabelo.  They are ardent foodies, and wanted to savor the gourmet food France is famous for. We decided to visit the Chateau de la Verrerie in Le Creusot on Sunday, which was about a fifteen-minute drive from where we were moored.  Before our visit to La Verrerie Sal and Edysaid they wanted to enjoy the gourmet delights of Le Creusot.  Lisa took out her IPhone and went to work searching ...

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Always Agree To An Aperitif

We’re back on the Canal du Centre. I was hoping that heading in the opposite direction would be a little easier.  Unfortunately… it wasn’t.  There were just as many tight turns coming out of the locks or after the bridges that were impossible to negotiate without touching the sides of the canal.  The area between Digoin and St. Leger sur Dhune at one time was a rich mining area with large deposits of coal, iron, lead, and clay.  ...

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Traversing the Pont Canal de Briare!

Our next stop was Briare.  At one of the locks was a lock-keeper selling regional wines.  We’re always happy to help out the local economy.  Lisa bought two bottles including a very nice Sancerre.  An hour later Lisa said she needed a baguette for lunch, and if we saw a village that had a boulangerie to please stop.  The next town not only had a boulangerie, but it was just off the canal.  We pulled over, Lisa jumped ...

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“Why can’t you cook like Lisa?” I’m a Blessed Man!

Lisa and I have been married since the beginning of time.  Well at least it feels that way.  Other than those first few meals, she has always been an outstanding cook.  I’m talking about the kind of chef that when our friends leave after a dinner party the husband asks the wife, “Why can’t you cook like Lisa?”My beloved has had some interesting conversations with her lady friends following our dinner parties.  Well there must be something about ...

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Paray-le-Monial and the Sacred Heart

We spent a night in Montceau-les-Mines only to leave the next day.  The town looked like it had great potential, but ended up doing little for us.  I have to admit the brand new supermarche´ was impressive, especially with its dock on the canal.

Our next stop was Paray-le-Monial.  We had never heard of this small town, but apparently it is a Christian spiritual center with thousands of pilgrims arriving each year.  Even Pope John Paul II ...

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