Living large on a living barge–24: 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 23d in his series of reports on what is to be six months per year of cruising the waterways there.

Editors Note: Last week Tom was visiting the village of Mittelbergheim and stopped in the Albert Seltz winery

pills times; font-size: 16px;”>We dropped off Penny and Ralph after a short, cialis but delightful stay, site and picked up our friends Mike and Tigre the next day.  Strasbourg was our final destination for the season though when barging there are no destinations only the journey.  Even so it was time to turn around and head back to Holland except we’ve been having so much fun we decided to make a quick detour to the Champagne region and Paris.  You can’t imagine the pressure I have to deal with when making such difficult decisions.

The remnants of Chateau de Lutzelbourg

The remnants of Chateau de Lutzelbourg

Our first stop was Lutzelbourg.  This was the town with the ruins standing over it that we saw a few weeks earlier on our way to Strasbourg.

The view from Chateau de Lutzelbourg

The view from Chateau de Lutzelbourg

Lisa and I are avid hikers, and when we are home we hike three times a week with a group called the Heartbreak Hiking Fools (HHF).  Our leader, or as he prefers to be called, the Great Communicator (GC) is the person responsible for coordinating these hikes. The GC has held this esteemed position for over 12 years.  Not once has he provided refreshments for his exhausted compatriots at the top of the hill when they needed them most. Hint. Hint. Hint! 

But I digress. Lisa, Tigre and I decided to hike to the ruins the next morning.  Mike went too the boulangerie to make sure we had fresh baguettes upon our return. Our hike up a steep narrow path through lush pine forest was scenic and yet relatively easy.  We arrived at the remnants of Chateau de Lutzelbourg to find that another group of hikers was expected shortly. But you have to remember that we were in France, and when the French do something, they do it right.  Not only was there hot coffee and orange juice waiting for the hikers, but also fresh croissants both regular and chocolate.  To add insult to injury, even though it was only 8:30 in the morning, they also had a wine tasting set up.  I say insult to injury because the GC is in the wine business.  Has he ever had a wine tasting waiting for the HHF at the top of the hill?  Of course not, but then he’s not French, and they know what civilized hiking is all about.  But wait just one minute. Something was missing. What happened to the cheese?

What about some wine after we summit one of those heartbreaking mountains you pick?

What about some wine after we summit one of those heartbreaking mountains you pick?

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-23-a-six-month-per-year-barge-tour-of-europe-in-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/ 

https://citizensjournal.us/living-large-on-a-living-barge-14-a-six-month-per-year-barge-tour-of-europe-in-installments/

https://citizensjournal.us/living-large-on-a-living-barge-13-a-six-month-per-year-barge-tour-of-europe-in-installments/

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