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About bargevivante

Owners of Vivante, a 23m Katwijker built in 1911 (the same year as the Titanic). Our U.S. residence is in St. Petersburg, Florida. We are sailors who have covered the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico in our Sabre Intermezzo.

Shadows

Shadows are interesting things.   They are, in a sense, real but then again not.  They exist in a two dimensional world, often misshaped and confusing.   Coming and going as the light that enables them flickers and shifts. Last year, Vivante … Continue reading

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What’s next?

This is the existential question that all bargees begin to wrestle with in about year four or five of their barging life cycle. When that little thought began to creep into the back of our minds, we were reminded of … Continue reading

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What to make of it

Here we sit just over a month away from our return to France and our 8th season across the pond.   To us it seems that we have just finished doing the laundry from our last two years of travel and  … Continue reading

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Life in a Once Time

Well, faithful readers, after a bit of a hiatus, we are back.   Carol and and I just finished dinner in the wheelhouse of Vivante.  We are moving down the Canal du Bourgogne toward our reservation for 3 weeks in Paris.  … Continue reading

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All that Jazz

Jazz is the uniquely American musical genre that emerged from the American South, an offspring of the blues and ragtime music of the African American communities around New Orleans.   Over the years it has become a truly global form … Continue reading

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Renaissance Man

  Definition of a Renaissance Man: “A person with many talents and areas of knowledge” Definition of a new barge owner: “A person who wishes they had many talents and areas of knowledge” Definition of an experienced barge owner: “A … Continue reading

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Change of Watch

As we prepared for our 6th cruising season, our little voice returned and again began whispering to us from the dark recesses of our minds.  In spite of  the grand expectations of cruising to Paris, spending the winter in the … Continue reading

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Paris in the Twilight Zone

One of my favorite Twilight Zone episodes is titled “A Matter of Minutes”.  It explores the concept that time, and our world itself, is an infinite series of movie sets  built by a group of  beings who operated just around … Continue reading

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Paris a go-go

  This year’s cruise in Vivante was about one thing; getting to Paris.   This had been the goal of our barging adventure for a couple of years, but last year, the flooding and delays in the shipyard prevented us from … Continue reading

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Irrational Actors

Ouzouer-sur-Trezee Some 16 years ago, Carol and I began to noodle over two ideas that would totally reshape our lives.   At the time they did not appear to be completely radical or outside the norm of what other people were … Continue reading

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