This blog is hosted at WordPress.com. We have no complaints about WordPress and recommend it highly. It is one of those places on the Internet that actually works, flawlessly so far. It turns out that WordPress can provide statistics about our blog. While we might feel a tad lonely here at times, especially on chilly, drizzly, windy, sunless days, WordPress tells us that thousands of folks in surprising places are joining in this adventure online. Check out these statistics.
- We have had 11,199 visitors to the web site.
- Visitors have come from 57 different countries. Here’s a list (in order of the number of visitors): United States, France, United Kingdom, Canada, Netherlands, Australia, Italy, Switzerland, Panama, United Arab Emirates, Ireland, Germany,South Africa, Brazil, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Spain, India, Sweden, Portugal, Bahamas, Poland, Belgium, Fiji, Czech Republic, Russian Federation, Mexico, Turkey, Ukraine, Greece, Japan, Israel, Thailand, Barbados, Lebanon, Austria, Argentina, Estonia, Singapore, Cayman Islands, Pakistan, Denmark, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Paraguay, Philippines, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, China, Bulgaria, Bahrain, Egypt, Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, Malaysia, Slovenia, Libya, Norway.
- There have been 146 comments posted by visitors.
- The search terms people used to find onabargeinfrance.com ranged from the expected ones, such as on a barge in France, hoop doet leven, and barge france to completely unexpected terms, including church europe with gargoyles, lacrosse shave head, the bags are packed, basque cheese and (our favorite) dijon’s ginormous.
Writing the blog has been great fun. We feel connected with friends and family through sharing our thoughts and experiences. In some ways, we feel like a reverse Alexis de Tocqueville, meandering through France’s villages, towns and cities, absorbing impressions – and bargeloads of food and drink – and sharing impressions of this old and exotic land. What a joy its been. As recently as New Years Eve, sitting at a table for six hours surrounded by 17 people from three French families the two of us leaned together and simultaneously whispered our secret affirmative pass phrase: “One more pinch-me moment.”
Nonetheless, if the seven of you Fijians who checked our site have any interest in a boat swap in February, drop us an email.
Barta Hathaway said:
Happy New Year and (clinking glasses sound) “here’s to more pinch-me moments” thank you for sharing!
Well, calling us Figians is probably about right…at least for me. I’d as soon be able to ‘boat swap’ as move to Figi to live on a catamaran. No-go here, Capitaine. Nice thought, though…ahhhh… Happy New Year to you both!
(P.S. If it’s any consolation, the weather where we live here in the states has been ever so dreary for a couple of weeks now…)
John & Terry Larson said:
Harvey, We have throughly enjoyed reading your travel logs. Also have read your book and have highly recommended it to everyone! (hoping that there will be a sequel!) A great New Year to you both. Terry Larson
Reverse de Tocqueville–Is that a dismount?