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Bailly Lapierre Wine Cave on the Nivernais

On one of the very hottest days on the Nivernais we were lucky to be close to the Bailly Lapierre “Crémant de Bourgogne” Wine Cave – literally in a cave! (Click here to see maps.) We parked our boat on the bank of the canal and hiked up (yes, UP, UP, and more UP) to the … Continue reading »

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Wine Serving Temperature Chart

Before I started learning about wine and hosting wine tasting classes I used to store my white wines in the refrigerator door and my red wines on top of the fridge. This ensured that my whites were cold and my reds were room temperature. What more did I need to know? My basis for serving … Continue reading »

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Doors of France Part III

This is the last Part of the Doors of France series. If you’ve enjoyed this series “Like” Savvy Nomad to add us to your Facebook Newsfeed.

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Eating Through France on $31 a day?

Looking over the receipts from my trip to France last September I was surprised to find that eating in France wasn’t as expensive as I thought it might be. Three friends and I spent 10 days in France: 2 days in Paris and 8 days along the Canal du Midi on a rented canal boat. … Continue reading »

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Doors of France Part II

We continue the Doors of France series with Part II. Part I got some great suggestions such as signs and windows of France. These are great ideas but I don’t have any pictures of signs or windows. I guess another trip to France is required… The creative credit for this series goes to Carolyn Karsell. … Continue reading »

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One Minute on the Canal du Midi

The holidays are starting and sometimes they can be stressful. The weather in Minnesota has turned cold and grey. The streets and sidewalks are salty but I still manage to slip on an icy patch. I need a reminder of summer.   Today I offer you a respite, a little haven, a minute of peace from the … Continue reading »

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Doors of France Part I

While on our trip to France my friend and co-traveler, Carolyn Karsell, thought it would be fun to take pictures of all the different doors we encountered. Here we present the Doors of France Part I.

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A typical day on the Canal du Midi

What do you do on a canal boat vacation? Here are a few things that fill a typical day on the canal. The mornings in mid September were cool but not cold and the days warmed wonderfully. Only on one day did we have wind, overcast skies and a bit of rain. Cool nights lead … Continue reading »

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Unlocking the Canal du Midi

If you plan on renting a boat on a French canal you’ll have the clear through some locks. Don’t worry it’s easy. Here we clear a double lock on the Canal du Midi in mid September 2011.

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Navigating the Locks on the Canal du Midi

If you rent a canal boat you will, most likely, have to go through a lock. At first this might seem scary. I’m sure most people have never entered a lock on a boat that they are operating. I’m not sure I had even seen a lock in operation before. I knew how they worked … Continue reading »

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