Posts Tagged 'The Wave'

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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Returning Home From Another Rabelo Adventure

It’s hard to believe, but our six months on Rabelo has flown by and come to an end.  Lisa and I are still asking, where did the time go?  We had so many wonderful adventures.  Of course the best part was sharing so many of those adventures with friends and family.  This past season we had twenty-six guests on Rabelo, which makes us kind of like a hotel barge except we don’t charge.

Our trip home was ...

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The Amphitheater For No One

After a second visit to Guedelon it was time to head back to Montargis.  On our way we stopped in Montbouy.  The village wasn’t much to look at, but we noticed a sign pointing to a Roman amphitheater.  How exciting! We did a little checking and found out it was just down the road, so we set off along a busy highway without sidewalks or a traffic median.  We walked at least a couple of miles and still ...

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Return to Guedelon – The Newly Constructed Ancient Castle

After a wonderful week we said goodbye to Marty and Sara.  In just a few days our friends Scott and Lovita would be joining us.  We managed to coordinate their trip from Paris to Briar with Wilco so they would be on the same train. After flying six thousand miles our guests are always a little nervous when they get on the train.  After all, they are going to a small town that they have never heard of ...

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No More Paintings! Napoleon’s Tomb & Musee des Arts Decoratifs

We always enjoy Paris, but our last little two-day excursion was unusually special. Lately I’ve been pretty burned out on art museums especially if they have a large collection of religious paintings, and they all do. After all, how many pictures of Baby Jesus and the Virgin do you really need?

Our friends Marty and Sara recommended that we go to the Musee des Arts Decoratifs.  The first exhibit was in a darkened room filled with display ...

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Sainte-Chapelle – A “Must Visit” For Everyone

If you ever have the chance to visit Paris, and you enjoy classical music here is a great tip.  Go see a concert at the church of Sainte-Chapelle. It is located on the Ile de la Cite close to the Notre Dame Cathedral. Depending on the time of year you may want to buy your tickets a few days in advance. They most likely sell out during the height of the tourist season.  We bought our tickets across ...

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