Day 7 - First water log
Trip Start May 22, 2011
20Trip End Jun 10, 2011
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We braved yet another train and managed make it to our destination in Chalon, where we caught our bateau (boat). We walked the mile from the train station to the wharf (quai) where the boat was docked and waiting. Once again, we were helped along by the kindness of strangers. We seem to be directionally challenged in these smaller towns. The streets are very winding.
After a, delicious light lunch on board, we took a stroll, crossing the Saone River to a little islet where the locals (they were chatting in fluent French) were having Sunday lunch at one quaint restaurant after another – lots and lots of vin. Ruth has noticed that people tend to start off a meal with a Rose wine (is that to cleanse the palate?), and then they order white or red wine with the meal
We got into our room/cabin about 3:00; we were both pleasantly surprised. The room is very nicely appointed and quite comfortable. This could be really fun!
Bill was reassured that dinner is casual – shorts, even. We didn’t bring anything dressy, so that’s a relief. Speaking of dress, a few people have asked Ruth to keep an eye out for what people are wearing. Linen, linen, linen - even on guys. A white linen shirt on a guy looks tres cool!
The boat appears to be quite sturdy and water-tight. Sitting in the lounge, we look out the window at the river flowing by. The illusion is that the boat is moving, but it really isn’t. So the question is whether the boat will stay docked and the passengers will be fooled into thinking that they have cruised down the river, when, in reality, they stayed docked at the same spot for the whole trip and just got taken to different parts of town each day. We’ll find out tomorrow
We just got back from an excellent dinner on board. The portions are not large, but the food is thoughtfully prepared. We have a French chef. Oui, oui. Many of our fellow passengers are going on to party in the lounge – Bill and I are toast. These people are not young, but they seem to have a lot of staying power.
We are off to tour the wineries in this area tomorrow; we stay in Chalon for the night.
Bill and Ruth