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Saturday 30th June 2018
St-Leger-sur-Dheune to Chagny
My other half made us a chocolate, peanut butter, plant protein smoothie for breakfast. Then my friend and I went to look for a pair of sunglasses as hers had broken. Even if I’m trying hard not to shop I’m more than happy to help someone else shop. We had a little walk around town and along the canal. We wanted to make the most of her time on the waterways. It’s always nice to experience a French market. Sunday was market day in Chagny. We also wanted to go back to Santenay. Last year we hired bicycles at St-Leger-sur-Dheune and cycled there. Cycling is not for everyone. Our bums were stiff and sore after that day out. This time we decided to boat to Santenay, tie up and have a nice lunch there. Then head to Chagny for the night. The temperatures were around 36’C but with almost no wind it felt like 50’C. It’s quite debilitating. My lipsticks had melted and were no longer usable.
We got going around 10.00am and my sunscreen was already streaming down my face. No point in even trying to apply more so I wore my huge big hat. This is a lovely stretch of waterway. We found a shady spot with bollards a short way from Santenay. A few boats had already tied up there and people were swimming in the canal. A kind woman from the boat in front helped us with our ropes, told us how to get to Santenay and also showed us a thing that dispenses spring water hidden in a bush. Without her we would never have known. It’s a metal thing painted green that looks a bit like an ancient fire hydrant. You turn the top and delicious, cold spring water gushes out. One chap was dowsing himself in this water. Maybe it even had healing properties?
There is a fabulous place in the town square in Santenay that specialises in salads. We went straight back there and all had a delicious salad and a glass of Burgundy wine. Followed by equally delicious sorbets and coffees. Then walked the 1.5 kilometres back to the boat, untied and headed toward Chagny.
The marina in Chagny is nice and new. Jettys with fingers and the basics – electricity and water. No WiFi or ablution facilities. Our bill for the night came to €15.60. Only thing is it’s right across a massive 24-hour factory. Not too noisy but not a pretty place to stop. It looks like they make roof tiles or bricks. We took a walk up to Chagny and it was obviously the French were playing a match in the 2018 Soccer World Cup in Russia. People were at bars and pubs with French flags painted on their faces. We had a drink each and some frites and then back to the boat for more salads, this time on the fore deck.
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