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Will write this up as time permits but the highlight for me today was the visit to a little village called Apremont which is very proud of being beautiful and rightly so http://www.apremont-sur-allier.com/the% 20village.html
Before that we went to the city of Nevers.
... budget of York Minister! Pretty decrepit in places. A shame really as it will start to be too dangerous to be in soon.
Off we went again. All in all, 55 kms.
A pear and red wine glazed onion tart with goat's cheese
Home made hmaburger (pattie) with bernaise sauce, coleslaw and potato pompoms
Apricots with a pavlova ...
... with the mosiacs.
No bike shop so Arie suggested a change in plan. That we proceed onto Chatillon-sur-Loire (a town settled in the middle ages) and then along the canal to the barge. This would make the day about 25 km rather than 50. Noone objected to that! It turned about to be a great day, the town being fascinating and the canal track lovely to ride on. We felt we'd had a real french experience with white ducks, one swan, lovely bridges, people ...
... we explored an old railway station house that is now in the middle of nowhere with no rail line to serve.
The wind was pretty fierce. We found out later there were gusts of up to 80kph. There was often a head wind so parts of the day were difficult!
We explored Gien (coffee, patisserie, toilets and bottled water are on the list for any stop). Loved the bridge here.
A really ...
... 7pm. French Onion Soup followed by Pork cooked in honey with a green salad, a cucumber salad and creamy mashed potatoes. Dessert was a plum soaked in rum, custardy tart.
After dinner we took a walk to the seven locks. A distinct lack of any H&S shown again (we have seen this in France). The locks fall several meters and then is no railing or barrier, not even any warning signage! I am glad we did not walk that way in ...