Hotel du Parc
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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 ...
Woken up by loud hooting, turned out to be the travelling bread van on a Sunday morning!
Not a lot in Vouecourt, a fountain house and a very old church.
Our Next stop was Langres, it is a fortified hill town. Walk part of the walls.
We went through the longest tunnel on our journey, 4.8km through the canal summit between the Marne and the Saone rivers.
Very rural journey for three days ...
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 ...
... the rest of the cycle. They move the blue rods from one side of the lock to the other, randomly, with no pattern you find until you get there - which ever side was easiest to run the electrics I imagine. Since we only have locking ropes for one side of the boat - front and back - there is often a last minute scramble to move the ropes from the left to the right or the right to the left. I am making notes as we go on our canal maps so the next time ...
... me by name." As it happens, the guy owns practically all the properties on one of the nearby side streets, which probably accounts for his general vagueness. I met Pascal on the street and he turned out to be a really nice guy. His main business is as a vigneron and so I got to hear about winemaking and I visited his cellars located underneath where I would sleep. The accommodation was extremely basic. My bed and ...