Posts Tagged 'Rabelo Barge'

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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One Cleat Will Nevers Do – And That’s No Typo

With Rabelo’s new itinerary there was now time to enjoy the sights. What was I thinking? When barging there’s no excuse for rushing except when you really need one. With our new schedule there was now time to smell the cow manure, corn, hay, and of course the roses.

We had passed a small sign next to the canal advertising goat cheese and honey for sale. The next morning we went looking for the farm. We ended ...

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Paris to Champagne at 20 Miles A Day

After a fun five days and nights we dropped off Lisa’s brother Jerry and his wife Arlene at the train station.  It was time to put the petal to the metal, and start covering some real distance.  I’m talking about moving Rabelo over thirty kilometers a day, or around twenty miles. I know what you’re thinking. Well, no matter how slow Rabelo is, she’s faster than any hotel you have ever stayed in. We needed to be outside ...

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Adventures in Chateau de Santenay

After our amazing visit to the open market in Louhans it was time to start moving.  The Canal du Centre was originally built for thirty-meter barges (100 ft.). Back in the early 1900’s the French Government decided to modify the locks so that 38.5-meter barges could use the canal.  Rabelo is actually 38.95-meters (128 ft.), so we are stretching the limits a bit.  When inside the locks it can get a little tight. Remember this is France, so ...

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The Madhouse Market City of Louhans

Lisa’s brother Jerry and wife Arlene were back for the fifth time on Rabelo in four years. That’s a record for us.  I guess they like our floating home. They are some of our easiest guests, and we always enjoy having them. Of course we had to start off with a champagne welcome consisting of fine French cheeses, a baguette, pate, sausage and a bottle of champagne or two, or was it three?

The next day we ...

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The Foul Fowl of Rabelo

I know we’re going to leave Saint Jean de Losne (SJL) some day, and if we’re lucky it could be Monday.  We have met some lovely people here, especially our neighbors Bobby and Linda, and their wonder dog Wilson, but it’s time to leave. The reality is that there is not much to do in SJL.  The restaurants are not very good.  The market sucks, but at least the bolangerie is pretty good, which isn’t helping our waistline.

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Visiting An Old Friend on the Meuse River | Queen Fabiola’s Chateau

Nine years ago on Tigre Rose, Lisa and I saw the most beautiful chateau on the Meuse River.  It wasn’t one of the grandiose structures we saw in the Lorie Valley, but much more modest in size. The setting, gardens, architecture and overall balance were what made it so special.  Its beautiful reflection on the mirror smooth water didn’t hurt. While we never forgot our favorite chateau we couldn’t remember exactly where it was. Imagine our delight as ...

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Our Departure For Namur, Belgium

We will miss the warm friendly Dutch and their beautiful country.  At least we have Wilco.  He has been invaluable, and always a pleasure to be around. Our next stop was Liege, Belgium. I’ve never had any desire to stop there, but that was a mistake.  After dinner we walked around town to find a dynamic metropolitan center full of active, dancing, laughing, smiling people. The square with its huge cathedral and bountiful flowerbeds was amazing. The city ...

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Rabelo Goes Topless In The Maastricht Marina!

With so much excitement I’m going to need a vacation!  We are tied up in our favorite harbor in Holland, but once again they weren’t thinking of Rabelo when they built the Maastricht Marina. No matter, we somehow managed to squeeze our big girl in.  When Wilco called the harbormaster he refused to let us in.  He said we were too damn big.  Just because the harbormaster said no doesn’t mean we gave up. Wilco had a friend staying on ...

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A Weekend In Helmond | Biking For The First Time In 10 Years

June 18, 2012

Today Lisa and I along with Rabelo reached another milestone. We managed to enter, tie-up, and then exit a lock without any help from Wilco.  I steered and took care of the stern line while Lisa handled the bow line. Rabelo was a good girl and did precisely what I told her to do. At 127 feet and 150 tons our big baby is a lot of boat for two people to handle, and ...

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