We left Pont Leveque for the larger town of Compiegne, a ride of about 50 km back through picturesque towns and countryside with one segment of busy highway. Our lunch was at La Clariere de Armistice, the clearing and rail car where the WWI Armistice and the 1940 surrender of France to Germany were signed. Several monuments and a museum are on the site and we took the opportunity to visit the museum to see the replica railcar as the original had been moved to Germany and burned near the end of WWII.
2:30 p.m.saw us back at the Elodie early after following the easy paths of the Canal du Nord. After showers and freshening up, everyone went into Compiegne in couples to seek out internet and do some sight-seeing and shopping. I spent the early part of the afternoon writing on the blog/journal before Brenda and I walked into the town, looking for a SIM card for my iPad.
Luckily there was a kind young English-speaking woman customer in the Orange Store who translated for me to get my card…8 Euros for 30 hours. While I was getting my card, Brenda had sat down at a nearby café patio for a glass of wine and WiFi access to clear up her 150 outstanding emails. We made it back to the Elodie in time for a dinner of delicious tomato soup with crème fraiche, Halibut with lobster sauce (tartar sauce for me) and fresh fruit with Greek yogurt for dessert.