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May 31, 2018 - Day 11 - Tour Dijon

The head remembered last nights Pinot however we were away at 0830 hrs for a sandwich and pastry breakfast at a Paul’s Boulangerie. A stumble upon find of the office of tourism confirmed that Dijon doesn’t have a hop on/off bus and 3.5 Euro later we departed with a map of the cities’s walking trail which was forecast to take an hour to complete. There is the Owl Trail and three loops. We completed the Owl trail and the Zola Loop at 1530 hrs; somewhat longer than indicated. Highlights of the walks were the Jardin Darcy with it three tiers...

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May 30, 2018 - Day 10 - Dijon

Breakfast in the hotel and we were away at 0930 hrs for our first stop at Chareau de Cormatin. However our first stop had to be north of Lyon for fuel as it is obvious we are burning it faster than diesel and at 1.68 Euro a litre petrol is definitely not cheap in Europe. One toll later we were on a country road passing through the lovely town of Cluny where we spotted a large walled area with corner turrets. We did not stop to look which will be a regret. As we continued north we spotted one large Chateau in the distance to the east and...

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May 25, 2018 - Chamonix-Mont Blanc

Hi. We left Chatillon when we spotted a Globus bus turning the same way. We drove through the high narrow Valee d'Aosta. Little villages and towns dot the mountainsides. Ahead and to the sides, peaks were white. A narrow river flowed in the bottom. High on the mountainsides terraced fields had grape vines growing in them. Then we came to the mountains and the tunnels...8 in all with barely a breath between. And high often white-capped mountains. Narrow valleys went off in all directions. In some tunnels we went down, others we climbed up....

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Jul 4, 2017 - Day 10: 3rd and final day in Dijon

Day 10: In Dijon, exploring. Weather: Warm, sunny, blue skies – YAY!!! Top expected of 24C but I did see 29C at a different pharmacy around 7:00pm. Steps: 15 300 (8.9km). Hopefully, eating up all those calories taken in!!! A sleep in was great this morning, so after rising around 9:00am, I had a small breakfast at a local boulangerie with a lovely fresh croissant and pain au chocolat with some juice. From here I walked to Cathedrale Saint-Benigne (Dijon Cathedral), which was a lovely building. Quite light filled and dignified. Again, some...

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Jul 3, 2017 - Day 9: In Dijon exploring.

Day 9: In Dijon, exploring. Weather: At 6:30pm I saw a sign on the chemist which said 28C, so I presume that is correct. Sunny at various times today. Steps: 14 200 (8km). Hopefully, eating up all those calories taken in!!! I decided to eat breakfast at the hotel and it was very good. They had a wide range of items and they were all of good quality. Even the coffee was quite good!!! After my daily chat with Jane after breakfast, NO BABY NEWS!!!, I headed out for the day. This morning Dijon had come to life after not much action yesterday. I...

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May 4, 2017 - Truffle hunting

May 4, Thursday The morning began with the usual wonderful breakfast and at 9am we started off to Dijon--truffle hunting along the way. While the boat moved to the lock on the canal where we were to meet Maggie for our truffle search, Judi C, Cindy, and I walked along the canal. The colors are so wonderful --all shades of green with bright yellow fields of canola and the lilacs Our drive to the truffle farm was through much of the wonderful wine country we saw yesterday--but high up on the top of the hills. We met Thierry who gave us an...

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May 3, 2017 - Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting Our mornings are started by having coffee with us all wrapped in our luxurious bath robes and then a leisurely breakfast of fresh fruit and fresh pastries from the local boulangerie near where we are docked. This morning after our usual we decided to take advantage of the break in the weather (a little sun attempting to break through) and walk along the canal. Most of the locks are approximately one mile apart, as the barge is in the lock and starting to descend to a lower level it is quite easy to step off the barge and walk...

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May 2, 2017 - A rainy day on the canal

It’s Tuesday and we only have 3 days left until we disembark. We began the day early leaving with Magali for the open air market to shop with Isabelle, our chef, for ingredients for todays lunch and tomorrows dinner. We selected Monkfish, scallops and scampi for lunch and Charolais beef for tomorrows dinner. After visiting 3 fish stalls, a cheese stall and a beef stall, we were finished at the market but not before having fun watch Isabelle interact with the merchants as she negotiated which pieces she wanted. She also was having fun...

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May 1, 2017 - La Bussiere (Lock 25)

After breakfast we started cruising to our next destination. It had rained during the night but stopped by the time we finished breakfast. A little later the sun came out so we got off the barge at the next lock and were able to walk for a while. Unfortunately by the time we walked to the next lock it had started sprinkling so we jumped back on the barge and continued with our rainy day activities--reading, blogging, trying to connect to the wifi, and working on the jigsaw puzzle we started on yesterday. Today is May 1 and it is the Labor...

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Apr 30, 2017 - Chateauneuf

The morning began with wonderful coffee and a beautiful breakfast spread. Fresh fruit, wonderful breads, cheese and ham, yogurt, and whatever you could think you might want. We then had a nice walk through port de Vandenesse, the small village where we had docked for the night. The usual World War I and II memorial stood in front of the village church, the houses were stone and brick with lovely gardens and the occasional barking dog. And the lilacs in full bloom with their perfume in the air. Then we took the van to explore the village and...

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Apr 29, 2017 - Embark on the Magnolia

Today we leave Dijon for our trip either up or down the Canal Bourgogne aboard the barge Magnolia. First we have decided to tour the country side and visit Gaugery Fromagerie - a local cheese factory. After a quick breakfast at Starbucks, we head off to the train station and the car rental agencies to inquire about renting a vehicle for four hours. Hertz agent speaks no English, Sixt wants 300 euro, Europcar quotes 180 euro, Avis 108 euro and finally Enterprise has a small car for 63 euro! The fun begins as the small Opel is a two door,...

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Apr 28, 2017 - Day 1 in Dijon- The "Owl Trail " walking tour

We began the day by heading out of the hotel to go to Starbucks for our caffeine fix. The streets were beautiful and uncrowded in the morning sunshine . We enjoyed our beverages and then strolled to the Tourist Information Office and acquired local maps. Deciding to take the walk through town, called the Owl Walk, we headed off to Darcy Jardin ( garden) to find the first stop on the list. The small garden was lovely and had a small fountain and beautiful flowers. We then began to follow the owl symbols which are inlaid into the walkway and...

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