“Dream Boat” Vacation

Need a little bit of rest and relaxation?  Take a spin on the Dream Boat!  Bruce and Kathy had really made themselves comfortable aboard Detour during their visit with us.  They had been busy bees back in Pennsylvania just prior to this vacation, and now it was their time for a bit of refreshment far removed…

The Hotel Dieu

We first visited a Hotel Dieu during our stopover in Belleville, as we travelled through Burgundy we visited several of these interesting historical sites.  In Belleville the interior of the Hotel Dieu was immaculately clean and the decor stunning, however this is not the type of hotel we’d choose for an overnight stay.  The first…

Fort St. Andre

Across the river at Villeneuve lez Avignon a curious castle beckoned our attention.  The Avignon Office of Tourism told us which bus route would take us across the river.We began by taking a stroll through Villeneuve lez Avignon in order to locate the Moulin a Huile; an olive oil mill and shop located in the former stables of…

Palais de Papes

The rain poured down as we climbed the stairs up the back wall of the Popes’ Palace.  Up, and up, and up, the popes sure must have enjoyed their view overlooking the Rhone River.  Brian and I weren’t going to let a bit of rain spoil our parade.  We put on our rain jackets (over…

Launching Into Spring

I’d say we’re a bit overdue for a new story…so here is a quick recap of the previous four months.  After exploring Barcelona, Spain we continued a southwesterly drive along the Spanish coastline.  It was Thanksgiving, and we went to Murcia, Spain to visit my cousin for the holiday.  I must thank Robert, Paco, and…

Our First Road Trip Is Detoured!

Brian and I had decided to add a little adventure to our daily boatyard routine; we’d planned a road trip!  It was an exciting morning at the apartment on the day of our departure; we’d packed a duffel bag, downloaded maps onto the iPad, and armed ourselves with unhealthy snacks.  We hopped into the Panda…

Look What the Wind Blew In

Welcome to Port Napoleon! This boat yard offers only the finest French scenery and food, and exquisite working space to meet all of our European touring…I mean boat refit needs. On the day we arrived, a mistral was howling through town. A mistral is a violent, cold, north-northwest wind that blows from southern France into…

Our Attempt at Landlubbing

Port St Louis du Rhone, France is located at the mouth of the Rhone River. The Office of Tourism tells us that this town “…is one of the three gateways to the wild Camargue.” I am anxious to learn more about this area! For the moment, however, Brian and I have just relocated ourselves to…