As we continue down towards the Saône River from the summit of the Canal du Centre the weather was increasingly hot and dry. In less than a month, we had gone from floods to drought. In 2015 France’s weather was bipolar.
The heat was starting to bother us. Wanderlust has air conditioning for its master cabin. Unfortunately the air conditioning unit wasn’t working correctly. It helped keep things cooler, but the unit had a loud rattle and couldn’t keep up with the heat. Webasto ultimately replaced the air conditioner unit in September. But by then we didn’t really need it. The bipolar weather in France had turned cold.
Fortunately there were distractions off of the barge. The Canal du Centre loosely forms the dividing line between two of France’s famous wine appellations, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Côte de Beaune. We were in the heart of some of the best vineyards in Burgundy. More wine ballast was added to Wanderlust’s bilge.
And with the wine country comes good restaurants. The best of our meals was at Maison Lameloise in Chagny. Lameloise has received three stars from Michelin and considered to be one of the finest restaurants in France. Conveniently, the restaurant is also air-conditioned.
(Chagny is 14 kilometers with four locks from Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune. In between Wanderlust moored in Santennay on the night of the 2nd of June 2015. Afterwards we stayed in Chagny for four nights. To stay in Chagny’s port for more than two nights we had to get permission from the capitaine. There are limited serviced mooring places for boats larger than about 12 meters in Chagny’s port de plaisance.)