Living large on a living barge–22: A six month per year barge tour of Europe, in installments

By Tom Miller

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 managed to get Rabelo through Arzviller lock – tight squeeze

link times; font-size: 16px;”>From the Arzviller lift lock we entered this incredible steep walled canyon that wrapped us in an alpine environment.  Even the houses were different with their distinct Tyrolean architecture.  All of a sudden the canal had became incredibly twisty following the floor of the canyon as we made our way towards Strasbourg.  Some of the turns were almost impossible to negotiate without coming to a complete stop.  It got a little nerve wracking when the bow and stern were just about touching the edge of the canal, and Rabelo’s side was almost against the canal wall as we went through the turn.

We looked up to find an impressive ruin on one of the high ridges.  The young girl operating the lock said there was a road to it, but she did not know what it was.  We will definitely would have to stop there on our way back. 

 

The ruins we will visit on our way to Paris.

The ruins we will visit on our way to Paris.

Our new friends Jan and Diana Meiser who own the beautiful hotel barge La Novelle Etoile warned us about lock 29.  Their boat is 5.08 meters wide and Rabelo is supposed to be 5.09 meters.  Apparently their boat was too wide and they actually got stuck in the lock, so needless to say we were a little nervous as we entered.  It was tight, but we made it. We probably did not have more than half an inch on each side. Either La Novelle Etoile is not 5.08 meters or we are not 5.09.

Cruising into Strasbourg we past the European Parliament with its impressive glass buildings nestled up against the canal.  We moored at Koe Jac Marina where we definitely hit the big time.  They charged us 50 euro a night to stay there. Fortunately 70% to 80% of the places where we moored were free so I suppose we couldn’t complain.

To get to the city center from the marina we had to walk five or six blocks to pick up a tram.  Lisa didn’t think the neighborhood was very nice.  I’m not sure what her problem was.  I thought the working girls that lined the road were very nice.  At least they were friendly, and kept on inviting me to a party, though I could never figure out where the party was.

Strasbourg’s cathedral was one of the more impressive churches we have ever seen.  The light show was not as good as the one in Nancy, but we preferred the music.  As a retired contractor I couldn’t help but look at those amazing edifices and wonder how man hours they took to construct.  It must have been millions.

The Strasbourg Cathedral, and light show

The Strasbourg Cathedral, and light show

We met our friends Ralph and Penny at the train station in Strasbourg.   While walking around the city center we bumped into a group of Americans from Boston. They had shipped their Austin Healy’s to Bruges, Belgium and were driving them to Como, Italy.  After a long day of driving in their classic miniscule sports cars they looked exhausted.

That night we went out to dinner and picked a restaurant on the main square and sat outside.  Not only did we enjoy the meal and people watching, but also the free concert that was preformed in front of the cathedral.  It was very special evening.

Austin Healy’s that had been shipped over from Boston.

Austin Healy’s that had been shipped over from Boston.

Come back next week for more Living Large on a Living Barge

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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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Previous installments:

https://citizensjournal.us/living-large-on-a-living-barge-21-a-six-month-per-year-barge-tour-of-europe-in-installments/

https://citizensjournal.us/living-large-on-a-living-barge-20-a-six-month-per-year-barge-tour-of-europe-in-installments/

https://citizensjournal.us/living-large-on-a-living-barge-19-a-six-month-per-year-barge-tour-of-europe-in-installments/

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

https://citizensjournal.us/living-large-on-a-living-barge-17-a-six-month-per-year-barge-tour-of-europe-in-installments/

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

https://citizensjournal.us/living-large-on-a-living-barge-15-a-six-month-per-year-barge-tour-of-europe-in-installments/ 

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