Posts Tagged 'Rabelo Barge'

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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Returning to Rabelo!

Our trip to Africa was amazing, but it was nice to be back on our floating home “Rabelo.” While we were gone Kevin along with a deck hand, or as they call them in France a matelot, moved Rabelo from Clamcey to Migennes at the northern end of the Burgundy canal. After talking to Kevin about his trip it didn’t sound quite as exciting as our trip up the Canal du Niverais, but there was still plenty of ...

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Our Last Day In Africa

For our final full day on the African Continent we headed to the famous Cape Town wine region.  Everyone told us we had to visit this area, and to be honest I wasn’t that excited to go.  After all we’ve spent the last four summers in France.  Because we love wine so much we’ve tended to concentrate on the French wine regions.  If you are looking for beautiful scenery then the French countryside, especially where there are vineyards ...

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Last Stop – Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope

Our last stop in Africa was Cape Town.  Originally we had not planned on going there, but all of our friends that had been said we would be foolish to miss it. Two other couples from our group also decided to extend their trip and go to Cape Town with us.  We hired a guide for two days, and were driven to all the sights.

Our first stop was the Cape of Good Hope.  For all the ...

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Hungry Hungry Hippos – Our Last Animal Drive

We saw a lot of hippos on our trip, but they were always in the water.  They are huge, ugly, and are very territorial.  You don’t want to get too close to a hippo.  They have giant nasty looking tusks, and even though they are herbivores they will use their tusks whenever they feel threatened. Even worse, these great big fat sausage like animal can run faster than you. The bottom line is don’t mess with the hippos.

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Close Encounters of the Elephant Kind

I’ve already said that of all the animals we encountered the elephants were our favorite.  This magnificent species is not only physically imposing, but in our opinion they are the most intelligent of all the animals we saw.  There impressive intelligence was most visibly displayed by their highly evolved matriarchal society.

That fact is these beautiful giants in addition to being smart also have character.  The teenage males, as teenagers tend to be, will often display attitude.  ...

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Royal Malawane – The Best For Last

Jane Lee with Town and Country Travel likes to save the best for last, and that would be the Royal Malawane. Though it was our last safari camp it was not the end of our trip. We had already talked to friends that had stayed there, and they couldn’t say enough. Their guest list includes royalty, Hollywood stars, and Wall Street tycoons. This amazing safari camp is located on a private game reserve bordering Kruger National Park.  Our ...

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Victoria Falls and the African Bushlands

Varumba Plains was fantastic.  Everything about this special safari camp was first class.  Our next stop was Livingston, Zambia and Victoria Falls. We were about to take a break from our 5:30 wakeup calls, and do a little sightseeing.  Town and Country had planned a couple of full days for us, though we wouldn’t be getting up at the crack of dawn.

Apparently tourists use to stay on the Zimbabwe side of the falls before Mugabe came ...

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