Posts Tagged 'Rabelo Barge'

Barging – More Than Eating, Drinking and Making Merry

Lisa and I were just talking about our blogs while enjoying a fantastic meal at A la Cote St. Jacques. It is a very special restaurant that has two Michelin stars. Lisa was saying that unless you’ve actually stayed on Rabelo you would think by reading our blogs that all we do is eat, drink and sight-see. Before replying I took another sip from the fabulous Burgundian primer cru we had just ordered, and then a bite of ...

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The True Allure of Life On The River

Life along ariver has always been as different as the current that flows between its banks. It doesn’t matter if it’s the Mississippi, Rhine, Nile, or the Seine. These moving ribbons of liquid are constantly changing, presenting new and different faces at every turn.  Sometimes it is nothing more than a host of bureaucratic rules. At other times it could be a raging current or a huge fuel barge attempting to negotiate a tight turn with it’s massive ...

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A Trip of Our Favorite Spots in Paris

We spent one night in Brussels, and then it was back to Southern California for my nieces wedding. I much prefer Paris to Brussels, but I have to say we enjoyed our quick overnight stay. The old city square was beautiful, and our hotel recommended an excellent restaurant.  If you like chocolate, waffles, or beer then you’ll love Brussels.

After a short trip home we flew back, and met Rabelo in the heart of Paris. Kevin delivered ...

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Bastille Day in Nemours

We said goodbye to Heather and family, and continued on our journey.  Our next stop was Nemours. The town was pleasant, but it was the surrounding villages and cities along with the forest of Fontainebleau that we wanted to see. Chateau Landon was our first stop. The chateau is now a home for the aged, so all we could do was walk the grounds. There was also an ancient church that we popped into for a few minutes.  ...

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A Whole New Side Of Fontainebleau

With Lisa’s niece Heather and family aboard we wanted to make sure her kids were kept busy. Unfortunately we were in the middle of an unusually hot heat wave.  One day it went up to 109, and with the high humidity it felt like 114. At least on the day Heather and family arrived the Loire River was right next to the canal. Heather’s kids Jaida and Hayden went swimming in the river.

The next day we continued down the canal ...

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The One – The Only – The Johanna!

We spent the last night with our friends Bryan and Carrie at Rogny les Sept Ecluse. This is the village with the remnants of seven locks that were started in 1604. A couple of installments ago I talked about how we went through a double lock, where as soon as you exited one lock you entered the next.  At Rogny back in the 1600’s, you had to go through seven locks in the same fashion. It was a ...

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Castle Guedelon, Fontainebleau, Touring Brian and Carrie Too!

We dropped off our friend Steve at the Briare train station, and the following day picked up his brother Bryan, and sister-in-law Carrie. I grew up with Steve and his family, and have known them for over fifty years.

Bryan and Carrie flew in that day from Los Angeles, and took a car straight to Rabelo.  We hit the ground running with a champagne lunch, and a short cruise to Briare.  We happened to be on the ...

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Aubigny and Chateau de la Verrerie

We picked up our friend Steve at the Briare train station, and drove back to Rabelo.  Our mooring in the village of Lere was not the most scenic.  We were next to a grain silo. These imposing structures are found all along the canals.  Some are still in use though many have been abandoned.  They are a constant reminder that the reason for building the extensive canal system in France was to transport commerce. Most of the canals ...

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La Charitesur Loire, Sancerre, and My First and Final Selfie

Rabelo was moored in the village of Herry, but just four kilometers away was La Charitesur Loire.  Kevin had done a little exploring with our car, and found this beautiful medieval town on the banks of the Loire River. The Tourist Information Office even had an art museum attached to it. I particularly liked the hourglass, horny chair, and condom art. We spent the afternoon exploring the ancient ruins surrounding the town center while enjoying the views of ...

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How Did I Ever Survive Without Clafouti? [ Recipe Included ]

Clafouti.  What in the world is clafouti? Up until recently I hadn’t a clue.  Was I ever pleased to find out. In short clafouti is a dessert.  It’s best described as a cross between a cake and a pie, and it may be the best dessert in the entire world, but that’s just my opinion.

So how does one make a clafouti? We started with a wild cherry tree loaded with ripe cherries. Lisa and I picked ...

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