15.06.2014 - 16.06.2014 25 °C
So day 2 in Paris saw us travelling around on one of the many different HOHO buses. After doing two different routes that took us around central Paris, Champs Elysee, Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Notre Dame and Montparnasse, we hopped off at Notre Dame to get some lunch. Deciding to forgo the tourist ones on the main drag, we headed down a side street and found a cute little restaurant with loads of character. Some wine, some cheese and a snooty waiter made for a perfect afternoon in the sun with the top of Notre Dame just visible above the maintenance workshop we were sitting opposite. We meandered back to the hotel (nothing to do with the mount of wine drunk!) through the back streets of the real Paris. A Pierre Herme macaron shop crossed our path so we had to go and buy some (renowned macaron chef). We still have not had them yet - awaiting the right occasion.
At the very quick tour briefing that evening we were told the trains were still on strike no so fast train to Dijon for us to get to the boat. Instead the much slower bus. So we headed out of Paris at 8.00 am and reached Dijon around 1.00. After a lunch of croissants pilfered at breakfast we wandered the gorgeous streets of Dijon. Such a beautiful centre with the former Dukes of Burgundy building a MASSIVE palace there for themselves. After a couple of hours free time wandering around, we then boarded the bus to the boat. Dawn and I were gobsmacked when we saw the cabin. It is superb. Lots of happy dancing ensued! Our butler came and introduced himself and we played with all the buttons we could find, lowering and raising windows. After not very long it was down to the buffet welcome dinner. Kerrie and Jane avert your gaze now - wine, cheese and bread were my vice. I can easily see how you could put on 10 kgs in 5 minutes in this atmosphere. And the staff encourage you along.
Anyway, it has exceeded expectations and we haven't even done anything yet!!!!
Tomorrow is our first tour to Beaune and a winery. We set sail for Tournou as we dine.