Posts Tagged 'Rabelo'

Enjoying The Leisurely Life Along the Loire

Lisa’s brother and sister-in-law met us in Roanne.  This was their sixth time on Rabelo in the five seasons we’ve owned our big girl. In the past, when coming to Rabelo, we’ve always advised our guests to take the train.  Unfortunately this year the trains have been on strike.  The strike has been intermittent, but we haven’t been able to rely on them.  We’ve been telling our friends to rent a car.  I never realized the layer of ...

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Old Habits Die Hard — Unless You’re In France

People love their daily routines. They may not want to admit it, but trying to get a person to change can be an arduous task, to say the least.  One of the things Lisa and I love about barging is that in many ways we don’t have a routine. Sure, we wake up, get out of bed, have breakfast, and brush our teeth.  But I’m talking about the big stuff.  We’re never in the same place for very long, so ...

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The Sweet Simplicity of Santenay

We are now on the Canal du Centre. In the past five years we’ve been on this canal three times.  Does the repetition make it boring? Of course not!  We might remember some of the villages or towns, but the scenery is constantly changing.  There are so many different places for Rabelo to moor we could do this canal a dozen times and never tie up in the same place.

The Canal du Centre is beautiful yet ...

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Life Along The Saone River

All the cables have been replaced, the welds checked, and adjustments made.  Our pilothouse is better than new.  The manufacturer inspected the entire system and either fixed or replaced everything that needed attention.  After almost two weeks in Dijon we are headed back down the Burgundy Canal to the Soane River. Our plan is to go 40 miles down river and make a sharp right turn on to the Canal du Centre.

I hope we have enough ...

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Back To France!

We’re back on our floating home.  Ireland was great.  We will definitely return, and cover all the things we missed.  While we were gone Rabelo was delivered back to her permanent mooring in Saint Jean de Losne with help from Kevin, our captain from last year.  Lisa doesn’t care for Saint Jean de Losne, and wanted to leave as soon as possible.  We spent two days taking care of miscellaneous chores along with a major marketing, and we ...

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Our Foray Into Falconry… and Irish Whiskey

Sheen Falls Lodge had even more excitement to offer after our amazing introduction to falconry.  Lisa has competed for years with her .22 caliber rifle shooting targets, and she’s a pretty darn good shot.  Today we tried our hand at skeet shooting.  Lisa went first and was disappointed in her performance.  I was given the 12-gage shotgun, and managed to hit about half the clay birds.  That’s all it took for Lisa.  On her second round she started ...

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From The Barren Burren to The Garden Garnish Island

If you follow this blog then you know that Lisa and I love to hike.  While we were at Gergan’s Castle our travel agent made arrangements for Lisa and me to go on a 2.5-hour guided walk.  I suspect that when we told our guide Shane how much we enjoyed hiking he changed the plan.  We drove twenty minutes to The Burren, which is an area that was once covered in lush forest, but is now barren.  Shane ...

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Why You Should Consider a Travel Agent

For the second half of our Ireland trip, Lisa used a travel agent.  I was a little surprised. I thought with the advent of the Internet, travel agents had been abandon to the scrap heap of useless enterprises along with the milkman, pay telephones, and full service gas stations.  Generally speaking I still believe my assumption to be true.  The good news is that those travel agents that to survive the Internet incursion were the best in their ...

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Journey to Ireland!

We’re off to Ireland. Ireland had never been on my radar, but I have to say both Lisa and I were pleasantly surprised. There were two parts to our trip.  The first was with the Rubicon Theater.  The Rubicon is a small gem that shines so brightly in Ventura County, California.  The auditorium seats less than 200, and yet the Rubicon puts on some of the most amazing, professionally produced, unique productions imaginable.  Many have gone on to ...

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A Tour of Langres, Dijon and Jardin de Silliere

Rabelo has been a very naughty girl. Her pilothouse broke… again. The first time it was one of the eight steel cables that lift the pilot house roof. With some help from my friend Bruce I managed to replace the broken cable.  This time it was a weld on some rollers that the cables run through.  Unfortunately I don’t know how to weld, but I’m seriously thinking of learning.  Fortunately, Kevin our old captain does know how to ...

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