Posts Tagged 'The Wave'

The ‘Fools’ Visit to France

We have been members of the esteemed hiking group the Heartbreak Hiking Fools for over ten years. When we’re in California we hike three days a week with them, and thus have developed some very close friendships. Jon and Cherolyn are both fools, as in Heartbreak Hiking Fools, and have already been on Rabelo twice. This year was trip number three for them. Our friend Rocky is one of the founding members of our hiking group, and this was her ...

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Head to Head with the Big Boys – Art and Barge!

We waved goodbye to Nancy, and headed off to our next destination the city of Toul. Like Nancy we also visited Toul six years ago.

Because of Rabelo’s size we usually make mooring arrangements in advance especially when were going to a large city. It helps that when making mooring arrangements we talk.  We talk to the VNF employees, we talk to the people in the villages along the canals, and most important we talk to the other cruisers. While we ...

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The Bright Lights of Stanislaus Square

Nancy was our turnaround point. Alas it was time to head back to Saint Jean de Losne for the winter. It had been six years since we had visited Nancy, and we were excited to return. Fortunately the old city, and more important Stanislaus Square were the same. In fact the amazing light show displayed every night in the square was even better than the one we saw six years ago. What had changed was all the development around the ...

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But Wait! Where Did the Canal Go?

The Canal du Vosges has been a challenge with numerous spots where the canal banks had caved in, many tight twists and turns, and in some places the trees had grown so far over the canal there was hardly any place to pass. Now I understand why the VNF employee hadn’t seen a full size barge like Rabelo in two years while working on the Vosges. With all those issues I still wanted to return, as the canal was so ...

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The Epicurean Delight of Epinal

We continued up the Canal du Vosges.  There is a small canal off the Vosges that ends at the city of Epinal. It is rather shallow, and if the canal system is low on water, like it was this year, the VNF closes it. Fortunately we have a car. We moored not far from Epinal, and drove. Peaches cooperated and took us to the old city center. We arrived just in time for lunch, and thus began our search for ...

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Too Close For Comfort, But Captain Joey’s At The Helm!

We continued up the twisted, overgrown and, at times, shallow Canal du Vosges. In the past I’ve commented on how curious people were when they saw Rabelo especially the children. As we were exiting a lock I noticed a woman taking a video of us. When you consider all the pictures taken of Rabelo it was not a big deal. The next day we met Joey. Joey was a typical twelve-year-old, but with an oversized pension for boats.

Before I tell ...

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The Glass Masters of La Rochere & “Peaches Revenge”!

We had come to the end of the navigable portion of the Petit Saone, and entered the Canal du Vosges. Our adventure continued, as this was a new canal for Rablo. The village of Corre was our first stop. There was not much in Corre, but there were plenty of things to see in the area.

La Rochere is the oldest Art Glassworks in France. Founded in 1475 by Simon de Thysac his factory has perpetuated the traditions and knowledge of ...

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Culinary Creations Along The Petit Saone

As we continued up the Petit Saone the scenery just got better and better. There were times when the river was quite broad and other times when it was, well it was rather petit, very narrow. The villages with their red tiled roofs, and ancient stonewalls were as pretty as any we have seen. The pastures were green, and the forests were even greener. There were plenty of cows munching away at the grass as we lazily passed by. On ...

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A Day Along The Petit Saone

We said goodbye to Randy and family. They were headed for Positano, Italy, and it was time for us to continue our voyage up the Petit Saone. We had never been on this part of the river, and I have to say it was without a doubt the prettiest part we have ever seen. In fact so far as rivers go this may be the nicest river we’ve ever been on. What a wonderful discovery as it is just a ...

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Caves, Cheese and Adventure on the High Seas

I forgot to tell you about a particularly exciting event that took place while we were on the Regent Seven Seas Explorer. Apparently a young woman became quite ill, and they had to evacuate her to a hospital. We were in bed and heard a loud noise coming from outside our cabin. Lisa went out to the balcony to see what was going on. There was a helicopter hovering over the ship. We watched as the helicopter first lowered a ...

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