Living large on a living barge–25: 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 explored the ruins ofcialis times; font-size: 16px;”> Chateau de Lutzelbourg

medications times;”>After Lutzelbourg we surprised Mike and Tigre with a trip up the Arzviller lift lock, and then through a .8 and 2.4-kilometer tunnel. Shortly after the tunnels Lisa noticed an elderly woman at a lock house knitting on her patio.  Lisa was so excited she had to find out what the woman was knitting.  The nice lady came over and showed us a pair of slippers, and then handed them to Lisa indicating that she should keep them.  The woman didn’t speak a word of English, and all Lisa could say was thank you in French.  The generosity of this lovely lady was something we will never forget.  Often it is those brief interactions with other kind people that are the most memorable.

At the next lock we found an apple tree.  Wilco jump off Rabelo and proceeded to pick buckets of apples.  When life throws apples at Rabel we make apple pie or apple crisp. Lisa made both. That evening we stopped at the village of Xouaxange and went for a walk.  There wasn’t much to see in the village, but we did find some four-legged friends.

Some new friends

Some new friends

 

Another curious friend

Another curious friend

Our next stop was Einville au Jard where we unloaded the car to go sight seeing.  We drove a short distance to the town of Luneville where Leopold I, Duke of Lorraine built Chateau de Rechicourt from 1703 to 1723.  When people speak of chateaus in France it is normally the Chateau’s of the Loire Valley they refer to.  Chateau de Rechicourt is just as grand and beautiful as any chateau in the Loire Valley, and yet if we hadn’t been cruising we never would have known about it.

Tigre, Mike and Lisa at Chateau Rechicourt

Tigre, Mike and Lisa at Chateau Rechicourt

The following day we dropped Tigre and Mike off in Nancy.  The traffic was so bad they almost missed their train. 

On the way back to Rabelo we made a quick side trip to see Basilique Saint Nicolas.  Saint Nicholas is the patron Saint of the Lorraine. This was the basilica we saw from the canal that seemed to be in the middle of nowhere.  It is actually in the center of a small town.  The outside of the church was rather tired, but the interior was in excellent condition.  Normally you would expect a basilica to be located on a grand square or plaza.  We found Saint Nicolas on a back alley.  It was where the town’s people took their dogs to, as our Australian friends say, squeeze them out.  I’ll let you figure out what that really means.

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-24-a-six-month-per-year-barge-tour-of-europe-in-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/

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