Living large on a living barge–19: A six month per year barge tour of Europe, in installments

viagra sale times; font-size: 16px;”>By Tom Miller

order times; font-size: 16px;”>Tom and family are touring Europe by barge. This is the 18th in his series of reports on what is to be six months per year of cruising the waterways there.

Editors Note: Last week Tom got visited by the police

In less than a week Wilco had to go home to take care of some business.  He planned on being gone for five days.  We had heard wonderful things about Nancy, so we hurried there passing by some beautiful little villages.  We also missed the city of Toul, which looked amazing from the canal with its medieval ramparts and massive cathedral.  We will be returning through the same area on our way to Paris so we should be able to see everything we missed.

The Mosselle River

The Mosselle River

The locks were 5.13 meters wide, leaving Rabelo with less than one inch on either side.  Next year I’m bringing a large jar of Vaseline. We had been dealing with small canals for almost a month.  These liquid highways are so narrow that when we meet another barge going the opposite direction we have to come to an almost complete stop, and move over as far as we can to let them by.

After passing the lock we entered the mighty Mosselle River, and what a welcomed change.  This beautiful broad river with huge locks separated by miles of verdant scenery gave us some desperately needed breathing room.  Unfortunately our grand highway didn’t last for long.  We had to make a hard right onto the Canal de la Marne au Rhin.  The good news was our next stop was Nancy (Nan-cee).

I think of all the cities we have visited Nancy is our favorite.  With its beautiful gardens and parks, wonderful museums, impressive cathedral and incredible architecture it is an extraordinary place.  I’m sure it is a city we will return to many times.  Grande Rue is a street where all the building facades are the same as they were during

Lisa Miller on Grande Ru

Lisa Miller on Grande Ru

the Middle Ages.  What I found most amazing was that his ancient street could be in any large U.S. city, and no one would know the difference.

The light show in the main square, Stanislaus Place was beyond incredible.  During the summer they do it every night starting at 10:00pm. I have never seen anything like it.  The entire square was filled with people absolutely astounded by what they were witnessing.

One of the many beautiful parks in Nancy

One of the many beautiful parks in Nancy

This evening Lisa and I watched a movie.  When it was over around 11:00p.m. I decided to go to my office and finish this installment of Living Barge.  Just as I was sitting down I thought I heard footsteps on deck.  I rushed up to see what was making all the noise.  Just as I got on deck I saw a kid jump off Rabelo, and ride away on one of our bikes.  He had cut the bike lock.  This unfortunate selfish act has certainly burnished the reputation of a wonderful city for us.

 

 

 

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 When Stones Speak by Tom Miller

 

When Stones Speak by Tom Miller

When Stones Speak by Tom Miller

Tom Miller is an adventure writer from Thousand Oaks. His latest novel When Stones Speak Dr. Hannigan sets out to find the historical Jesus of Nazareth, but he soon discovers there are people in high places who will stop at nothing including murder to insure he fails. Mr. Miller has been a contractor and developer, prolific diver, pilot, sailor, and barge captain. When he’s not chasing adrenalin overseas, he hikes with the local “Heartbreak Hiking Fools.” LIVING BARGE is his memory of his recent six month journey through the canals of Europe with his wife Lisa.

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https://citizensjournal.us/living-large-on-a-living-barge-18-a-six-month-per-year-barge-tour-of-europe-in-installments/

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https://citizensjournal.us/living-large-on-a-living-barge-16-a-six-month-per-year-barge-tour-of-europe-in-installments/

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