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February 16, 2015

France: Reims


Looking up inside one of towers at Reim's cathedral.

Looking up inside one of towers at Reim’s cathedral.

Eighty miles east-northeast of Paris is the historic city of Reims. Founded before the birth of Christ by the Gauls, Reims later became an important city in the Roman Empire. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Reims rose as a religious center. It’s famous cathedral was the traditional site of the crowning of the kings of France, playing the same role in France as Westminster Abbey does in the United Kingdom. (more…)

England: London, Battersea Power Station


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The Battersea Power Station viewed from the Thames.

An iconic part of the Thames scene is the Battersea Power Station. This Art Deco-style structure dates from the 1930’s. It is the largest brick building in Europe. With its expansive cathedral-style design and 338 ft high smokestacks, Battersea Station commands the view from the Thames. (more…)

France: The Fontinettes Ecluse


Leaving Fontinettes Ecluse

Leaving Fontinettes Ecluse

Locks on Europe’s commercial waterways are generally large. Indeed, the locks on the Grand Gabarit, northern France’s barge superhighway, are designed to fit barges up to 36 feet wide and 469 feet long. Aside from being wide and long, locks on commercial waterways are often deep. Particularly deep is les Fontinettes, an ecluse on the Grand Gabarit near Saint Omer. (more…)

February 5, 2015

France: Tunnel de Chalifert


Inside the Tunnel de Chalifert

Inside the Tunnel de Chalifert

Traveling on our barge Wanderlust, we get to see a few places that tourists rarely see. One of these is the Tunnel de Chalifert is very near Disneyland Paris. (more…)

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