Posts Tagged 'The Wave'

Chateau de Pierrefonds – Lisa’s Hands Down Favorite

Of all the chateaux that we have visited Chateau de Pierrefonds is Lisa’s favorite.  Located not to far from the city of Compiegne this fairytale like castle stands guard over the beautiful little village of Pierrefonds.

Pierrefonds long and storied history begins in the 12th century when a small castle was built on the site.  It wasn’t until King Charles VI in 1392 gave the site to his brother Louis, Duke of Orleans that the magnificent Chateau ...

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Europe Through Lisa’s Eyes

 In my last installment of Living Barge I talked about some of Lisa’s unusual traits, specifically her love of cemeteries.  Well it doesn’t stop there.  My beloved wife is an artist, and she is constantly pointing out things that most people tend to ignore.  For example she likes to take pictures of doors and windows.  Don’t ask me why.  They’re just doors and windows, but she sees beauty in them so we have lots of pictures of Europe’s ...

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Should I Be Concerned About… Lisa?

Lisa and I have been married forever.  Well maybe not forever, but 38 years is a long time. There are those occasions when I still remind her that I’m entitled to an annulment.  You might ask why?  It all comes down to her failure to disclose, prior to our wedding. Clearly disclosure after the wedding does not count.  There are certain facts about her family (that shall remain locked in our vault for an eternity) and then are some of ...

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Navigating Around the French Countryside

Lisa and I cruise the rivers and canals of Europe for a number of reasons.  We love the adventure, challenge, people we meet and of course the changing scenery.  When it comes to scenery the canals and rivers we tend to travel are beautiful.  There are a few exceptions, but 90% of the time the countryside is breathtaking.

After two seasons of cruising I hate to admit it, but we are starting to become a little jaded.  ...

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The Bountiful Gardens of France

When it comes to gardens and flower beds the French do a magnificent job.  I don’t know if it is because we spend so much time in rural France or if the French just love to grow things, but I have never seen so many impressive gardens.

As you would expect gardens come in all different sizes, but typically their size is dictated by the amount of available land. It is not unusual to see a homeowner’s ...

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Going Up! The Gravity Defying Ronquieres Lift Lock

After two seasons of cruising we’ve gone through almost 1,000 locks on Rabelo.  You would think after so many locks our attitude would be “if you’ve seen one lock you’ve seen them all.”  In general I would agree.  Then again each lock is landscaped and or decorated differently.  Some are rather whimsical while others are beautiful.   Most of the locks we go through on the smaller canals are called Frycinet locks named after Charles de Frycinet.

Frycinet ...

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Our Favorite Region of France

Of all the regions we have visited in France I think the Dordogne Region is my favorite.  I would love to cruise the Dordogne River, but to get there Rabelo would have to venture out into the Atlantic, and then travel along the coast for about 300 miles.  That’s not going to happen.  We could cross the English Channel on a calm day, but a 300-mile voyage, no way.

If you haven’t heard about the Dordogne Region ...

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The Unrivaled Grandeur of Chambord

Of all the chateaux in the Loire Valley, Chambord is the largest and most ostentatious.  King Francois I started construction in 1519, and after 28 years it was never completed.  The designer of the chateau is still up for debate though Domenico da Cortona, Philibert Delorme and even Leonardo da Vinci are all possibilities.

Chambord was originally built as a hunting lodge.  It has 440 rooms, 282 fireplaces and 84 staircases.  There is a twenty-mile long wall ...

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The Unanticapted Unexpected and Surprising – Everyday

Unanticipated, unexpected, or just plain old surprise – that’s what we face every day while cruising.  Most of the time our surprises are the kind we enjoy, but then there are those that we’d wished had never happened.  Like the day we learned they were keeping the Seine closed for an additional month.  Or the time we lost all power on Rabelo just as we passed under a bridge while heading upstream on a raging river at night.  ...

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How To Get Started Sailing The Canals of Europe

Have you ever asked yourself, ‘Could I actually buy a barge and cruise the rivers and canals of Europe?’  In a word, yes.  In this installment I’ll discuss how I would approach what may seem like an insurmountable array of problems to getting started.

If I knew nothing about boats, cruising or anything to do with floating on water, the first thing I would do is join the Dutch Barge Association (DBA, www.barges.org).  I have been ...

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