Canal de Bourgogne: Abbey of Fontenay

Inside Fontenay Abbey’s church

We first visited the Abbey of Fontenay in Burgundy France in 2010. It was the first Cistercian abbey that we visited. It still ranks as our favorite. Continue reading

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Canal de Bourgogne: Château de Bussy-Rabutin

Château de Bussy-Rabutin

Roughly 9 kilometers from the mooring in Venarey-les-Laumes is Château de Bussy-Rabutin. It is reachable by bike, as are several other notable destinations in the area. We missed this one when Wanderlust transited the Canal de Bourgogne in 2016 and only found it by chance later in August of 2018 when we visited the area by car. Continue reading

The Rhône: Tournon-sur-Rhone, Train de l’Ardèche

Inside the open cars of the Train de l’Ardèche

About four kilometers from the pleasure boat port in Tournon-sur-Rhône is one terminus of the Train de l’Ardèche, a historic steam train that runs up the rugged River Doux valley. The train’s lower station is within bike riding range of the water. If we were able to moor in Tournon when we passed by on the Rhône in 2017 we would have ridden our bikes out to ride the train. But the port was silted in at the time and we couldn’t moor in Tournon, so we were left to visit by car when we were again in the area in May of 2018. Continue reading

The Rhône: Tain-l’Hermitage, Valrhona’s Cité du Chocolat

Les Grands Crus–chocolate at a higher level

With Wanderlust in the paint shed we embarked on a three-country road trip that led in the end to a return stop at Tournon-sur-Rhône in May of 2018. Across the Rhône from Tournon is Tain-l’Hermitage. Near the river on the Tain side is Valrhona’s Cité du Chocolat. Continue reading

The Rhône: Tournon-sur-Rhône and Tain-l’Hermitage

Looking down the River Rhône from Tournon-sur-Rhône

In May of 2018, as the grit blasting and coating of Wanderlust’s bottom was ongoing, we headed out from Saint Jean de Losne. While she was in the paint shed and covered with plastic, there was no way for us to live on board. As long as we were off the boat we might as well head out on a road trip. Continue reading

France: Hospices de Beaune

 

Inside the Hospices de Beaune

Our first visit to the Hospices de Beaune or Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune, a former charity hospital founded in 1443 in Beaune France, was on a rainy day in 2010. On the day we visited in the summer of 2010 touring the inside of the hospital was a good escape from the soaking rains. The hard rains made it difficult to get a good view of the outside and the pictures I took did not do the exterior of the building justice. It was too bad. Hospices de Beaune with a distinctive Burgundy tile roof is a fine postcard-worthy example of 15th Century French architecture. Continue reading

France: Château de la Rochepot

Near the commune of La Rochepot France, on a weekend trip from Wanderlust’s base in Saint Jean de Losne to Autun we caught a quick glimpse over the shoulder of a large château topped with an eye-catching Burgundy-tile roof. Driving … Continue reading