Chateau, Truffles, Wine Tastings......
17.06.2014 - 18.06.2014 25 °C
So if this comes across a little muddled that 's because we are sitting on the balcony (window closed as it has just started raining) sipping French champagne (yes that is champagne and not sparkling!). Dinner is in about 45 minutes and in about 30 we go to our daily briefing of the events for tomorrow. I tell you, there is always something going on . We have actually blown off a 45 minute talk on Burgundy region to grab a few minutes to ourselves.
We finally set sail yesterday during the gala dinner (ie dress up a little bit people!!!). We did pass through a lock during dinner. It was impossible to tell whether we were going up or down and there was no discernible change to the sailing apart from a dirty great wall surrounding us. We had spent the morning in Beaune - gorgeous town with a 14th century hospital for the locals that was in use until about 1974. Amazing multi coloured tiled roof that is specific to this region. You had to be there! After that we wandered the town before a tour of one of the town wineries cellars in an old church across the road from the hospital.. I do have a spooky picture where a face appears. Wine was so-so. They only do Chardonnay and Pinot noir in this region so that was what we tasted along with Blackcurrant Cassis. Mix with Champagne to ma e kir royale.
Today was a visit to a chateau followed by a visit to a truffle farm (the fungus, not chocolate). Instead of using pigs, these days they use dogs. IN this case it was a gorgeous one called Chinook who was 10 years old and was so friendly she won even me over! Didn't look a day over about 4 and clearly loves her job! Although she was finding far too many that are close to the surface and not even close to being ripe!
We then set sail at lunchtime for Macon. Supposed to be a 2 hour trip but ended up being three. That was fine. We had some free time and spent it up on the sun deck watching the countryside roll by in the sun. Captain Jane, fear not I am at 18303 steps today as I spent about an hour walking the track on the sun deck (another lady joining me after a few laps) as we sailed.
We then went into Macon once we docked for another stroll around. Went into a church and a US choir were rehearsing for a performance tonight. Magical.