Okay, so it is very easy to lose track of the days and even harder to try and find time to write this! We have been sailing since 1.00 pm and are currently going through probably the last lock before we reach our destination of Tournon shortly. SO as I sit in the room writing this the boat is dropping rapidly as the water goes out of the lock to take us down to the new water level. Quite ingenious things they are and fun to watch. It's like going down in a very slow elevator!
Early this morning we left Lyon for Vienne. Had a walking tour around Vienne and then walked around the Saturday market that is sort of a Vic market but all through the little streets and laneways. Great fresh produce and the usual clothes, bags, kids stuff etc that you would expect to find. We then set sail during lunch for Tournon and spent the afternoon out on deck watching the French countryside go by. They shut down the main sun deck leaving just the front one on top and the one below. We had fun watching the bridge lower and raise itself to make sure we fit under some of the bridges. I have to say it is not too much of a hardship sitting and watching the French countryside roll by.
Typically I have taken a walking tour of the city we are in. Have to say that Lyon was VERY crowded. There were several boats in dock (we had to walk through another one to get to shore) and I have to say ours always looks the best. In Lyon we were not only bombarded by other tour groups but also by busloads of school children. Clearly the year is about to end and they are all out on class trips trying to fill in the time. Shudder!!!! The last night docked there was very noisy as France beat Switzerland in the world cup. Car horns being honked, spontaneous fireworks being let off and copious shouting was the lullaby sending us off to dreamland!
In a recent development I actually won a French speaking competition on the boat. The tour director gave a French class to those interested. see photo with us practising the correct way to purse your lips! I had to recite a French tongue twister (without reading from the page) both first thing in the morning the next day and at our daily port talk that tells everyone what the timing for the next day is. The tongue twister in English is: The hunter who hunts without his dog is a good hunter. I will happily recite to anyone who wishes to hear the French version when I return!!!!! Anyway I was the only one who even bothered to try (yes I am a little competitive and knew my family would never believe me!!!). And the end result was winning a box of macaron from one of the best producers in Lyon. Desperately needed of course because it is impossible to get fed on this trip (NOT!!!!).
Last night we dined in the up market restaurant on the boat (we each get one booking). The staff here are brilliant and we had heaps of fun with them. They were photo bombing our snaps, served me an empty bowl at one point (it was later filled with soup) and did synchronised serving / removing of plates. We had a great laugh all night as did they.
Tonight we also dined at the even snootier table being one where a degustation menu is served along with paired wines. So all spelling, typo's etc are down to that! Oooh, plus we just lost power for a few minutes and were plunged into darkness!!!! And it's about 10.45 pm so it is finally dark here. ANyway, I digress. Woops - anther power loss. If this blog doesn' publish you will hear my anguished cry form there!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fabulous meal and wine tonight but everyone is glad we have a later start tomorrow than normal. ON our side of the boat things are not being helped by the start of a jazz festival that runs across the country starting tonight. We are on the town side of the boat rather than the river side. Could be interesting.
ANyway a fabulous time is being had b us both, los of fantastic sights, plenty of yummy food and wine but also a minimum of 12,00 stpes each day (alhtogh tragedy struck today when my pedometer reset itself late in the day after I had achieved my 12,500 steps. AAAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHH!. A lot of people recognise me as the lady doing laps of the sun deck!
Anyway. Bye for now and looj out for some new photo's being postex.