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After having to delay our departure by two days following the sad loss of the wing mirror and its housing, we headed off to Dover on the first leg of our Italian adventure on Thursday 16th April. The mirror of the newly replaced wing mirror housing took flight somewhere on the M40 so we have improvised with my make-up mirror and ...
We were on the road before 08:30 again this morning - it was a little chilly but it wasn't long before we were climbing out of the Loue valley so that warmed us up. The ride towards Besancon was along a fairly ordinary French 'D' road with moderate levels of traffic until we were a few miles away when we left the beaten track for my devious quiet approach to the busy town. This route worked pretty well bringing us in alongside the river Doubs but there ...
... the mighty river Saone. Three times wider than the Thames even though still 100 miles from the Mediterranean.
Stopped at Pontailler-sur-Saone and at Auxonne before reaching our winter berth at St Jean de Losne in Burgundy.
Our journey home commences by train with stops at Dijon, Troyes and Paris and finally the Eurostar.
Cheers for now!
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We came back down the street and found a nice hotel restaurant for a super lunch. We had a specialty of the region - duck confit inside puff pastry, served on a bed of caramelized onions and apples, with a small salad topped with the local Langres cheese. Delicious!
Then back to the square for more wifi.
Then we walked along other side streets to the one tower that is open to visits. It is the Navarre Tower, one of ...
... much problem. As the lock fills, you slowly rise tip you can see the next vista of countryside, and the higher you get, the more beautiful it is. It is so quiet and remote and peaceful up there, I could have just sat and sat. Off in the distance to the west you can see big wind turbines turning away.
Somewhere along the lock chain, you pass from the Burgundy region in the Champagne-Ardenne region. Once you are through the lock chain, you come ...