Arrondissement de Dijon

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  • Day50

    Dijon via Beaune motor museum

    June 30, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    A short ride today as Mandy suggested I popped in to see the motor museum we didn't visit when we came through Beaune in the MG. It was a good suggestion as the museum was huge and I think I was one of very few visitors today. To hot I suspect. I took many photos of the hundreds of motorcycles, fiat abarth cars, fire engines, fighter aircraft, tractors, and the château. You can see all 200 of them if you click this link
    Then back on the bike to Dijon which isn't far but by then the heat was stifling. I had a quick rest then came out in the heat to explore. I knew I was close to the centre and the cathedral. Before I entered the cathedral I could hear there was a mass in progress so at first I just peeked inside then set my camera for no flash and went in and down the side of what was a very full church. The mass must have been a special one because there were around fifty priests at the front with standing room only everywhere. Of course it was all in French but I was mesmerised by it all especially when the organ started and everyone started singing. I found it quiet moving. When I came out I noticed at the side a police van with several men dressed in riot gear watching everyone.
    Then I walked into what is a beautiful old city, ending up at the museum of art where I took more photos you can see on this link
    I was told Dijon is lovely and I agree. Even the trams are pretty.
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  • Day470


    July 6, 2020 in France ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    Well we have been shopping and the laundry is drying, John as lowered the radar so we are almost ready for our last day on the Saône. Auxonne has been a military base since before Napoleon who did some of his training here. There is still a base and they appear to occupy a lot of the original barrack buildings etc. there is also an old Chateau and a pretty Port full of what appear to be very expensive boats but the town itself is dying or perhaps it’s just because it’s Monday and lots of places don’t open on mondays. Meeting couple from boat next door for drinks later they have been on the canals for 5 years so should have some fun stories for us. Sadly the temperature is due to increase over the next week, Sod’s law just when we have to lower the Bimini for the bridges, we will steer from inside but as there are over 100 locks over a distance 225km we will be in and out and up and down like yo-yos.
    Internet is going to be iffy for a while but will be in touch when we can. Keep safe everyone.
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  • Day472

    Pontailler sur Saone & Canal

    July 8, 2020 in France ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    We decided on a short trip yesterday so we could do a full day on the canal today, in hind sight not a great decision. There was a bit of breeze which was lovely but the river was very busy with lots of hire boats and a few liveaboards we had to wait to enter our penultimate Saone lock while two other boats went up, the lock was only 40x7 ish so no room for more boats. After we and our companion hire boat, entered to ascend there were four other boats waiting to go up and one to come down busy busy. As we carried on up we started to worry that the mooring place we were headed for would be too busy but on arrival it was fine though a bit shallow, good practice for the canal. We stopped in Pontailler sur Saone on a stepped quay by the Marie. We walked through town and up to the plateau behind it (Mount Ardoux) and were amazed just how flat it looked in all directions. It can’t be that flat as the canal has 43locks to the summit each at least 3m deep and the last five are 5m each. In town we also saw the most decorative tiled roof we have seen to date, it was beautiful.
    Today we set off just after 9 no point going earlier as we were close to our final Saone lock and first canal lock, the canal locks only operate 9-6 for pleasure boats. The river was stunning so flat and scenery so green that the reflections were incredible. As we passed through our final river lock I lowered the Bimini, the guaranteed air draft on the canal is only 3.5, water draft 1.8 we expect to forge a few channels as we go. Our first canal lock 38x5 argh hadn’t realised they were so thin damn best get the kayaks aboard before the next one as they make bloody expensive fenders. The second lock let us in OK and the water level rose but the gates wouldn’t open to let us out, bugger. OK use the lock ‘phone’ with dodgy French and broken English we establish that I have to take the remote control unit that the telephone operator has released for me, tell her the boat details and where we are going then she will open the gates. OK back on board with control but nothing happens, back to phone yes she will open gates but they are ‘kaput’ she will try again and send engineer. OK we use time to shift the kayaks on board, eventually the gates open with flashing lights and klaxons and off we go. We don’t use the control on the next lock but then it comes into its own, we press control at receptor and by the time we reach the lock it’s ready, open and waiting. This works well for maybe 7 locks then things slow down and we realise by the second time that there is a boat just ahead of us also going up meaning we have to wait for locks to empty before they open. We decide that if we don’t pass the boat on a halte before next Lock we will just stop earlier than planned so we don’t have to loiter out in the sun at each lock. Luckily the boat has stopped so onwards we go and the locks are ready and waiting, we are nearly at our halte, when disaster strikes we go into the lock but the gates won’t close, we try the ‘phone’ it’s broken we try ordinary phone they’re engaged, we resort to pulling the emergency alarm rod. Someone arrives after 30mins and sets us free, 2locks in rapid succession and we are here, a tiny pontoon but it’s home for the night. We now know that 16locks in temperatures in excess of 30degs without shade is about 8 too many!! I thought we were tight in the locks, our fenders are ravaged, most of the fender socks are in tatters, one has disappeared completely.
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  • Day16

    Einmal andersrum bitte

    August 15, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Es ist nicht mehr so früh morgens, als wir aufwachen. So viele Eindrücke hatten sich in den letzten Tagen in unseren Köpfen gesammelt, das braucht selbst für Kurzschläfer wie Sonja etwas mehr. 😀
    Wir fahren bald los und verabschieden uns von Uli, der Besitzerin des Hofes. Viereinhalb Stunden sind wir unterwegs, es geht in eines der kulinarischen Zentren von Frankreich, nach Dijon. Was verbinden wir damit? Ich für meinen Teil guten Senf, guten Wein und ein seit Jahren fixer Stopp des TGV. Nur das Zweitere haben wir gekostet. Und eigentlich sind wir extra fürs Essen angereist: Ein würdiger Abschluss der Ferien wollten wir uns bescheren - guten Service und feinste französische Küche wollten wir uns gönnen. Aber soweit kam es nicht. Das Restaurant war leider enttäuschend. Der Service war nur noch knapp genügend, das Essen jedoch excellent.
    Highlight war unser Altbauappartement sowie der Rest der Stadt, die sich nach eigenen Angaben rausgeputzt hat in den letzten Jahren. Man siehts! Wir folgen dem Eulenweg bis wir genug Eindrücke haben und den Heimweg nach Grenchen antreten.
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  • Day10

    Pontailler zum Zweiten

    September 20, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Nachtrag von gestern: schönes Wöschhüsli in Seveux.
    Heute ein paar Schleusen mit ordentlich Tiefgang bewältigt. Abend und Nacht in Pontailler, wo ich ein paar Schuhe abholen musste. Details dazu gibts nur mündlich 😄...
    Bei einer Schleuse wurden wir von einer ganzen Schulklasse empfangen. Leider haben sie nicht gesungen.
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  • Day2

    Laden beim Nissan Partner

    March 19, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Mal wieder bei einen Nissan Händler.
    Hier gibt es umsonst eine Ladung. Zuerst mussten zwei Autos weggefahren dann an die Ladesäule.
    Das Wetter ist herrlich.
    13 Grad mit viel Sonne.
    Gut ist der Kocher, immer einen heißen Tee.Read more

  • Day5

    Camping du Lac Kir

    July 22, 2020 in France ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Nach ca. 4 Stunden Fahrt mit vorherigen Stopp beim Babyausstatter ( haben einen Rausfallschutz für Vati gekauft!) haben wir Dijon erreicht...

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Arrondissement de Dijon