September 26: Vauclaix to Nevers

I woke up with an upset stomach. I broke my golden rule of travelling and had some tap water. Thankfully by the time we were showered, packed, eaten breakfast and ready to go I was feeling better. We were offered a very good continental breakfast and I had honey with the most interesting flavour. We went to Corbigny and walked through the street market. Saw amazing mushrooms and bought some strawberries. Then headed to Leboat to see about doing the canal Nivernais next year. We stopped at a series of locks (16 in a row!) and looked at where the canal goes through the tunnels. We drove into Châtillon-en-Bazois and had lunch at the side of the canal. We shared a bench with 2 French workers. The one offered us his wine to have with lunch. To them drinking at lunch time, while on a work break is normal. We then drove to Decize and walked around before heading back to Nevers. We handed the car back and checked into the Best Western Hotel. We went to the train station and changed our tickets to an earlier time and then went and had 2 Paulaner beers where we had supper the first night. We relaxed for a bit at the hotel before going to Tomate et Chocalat for dinner.

"September 26"
September 26

September 25: Nevers to Vauclaix

Woke up, showered and went for an express breakfast – one croissant, one coffee and one glass of juice. Checked out – the bill came to €119.7. Which meant not having a kettle was 24 centime cheaper. We collected a hire car – Renault Clio from Avis at 10am. We did a quick shop at Carrefour for lunch and then headed on the D978 to start our drive.  We stopped at Chatilon de Bazois alongside the canal Nivernais which will probably be our April destination. An espresso and croissant was our mid morning snack. We had a picnic lunch on the side of the road just after Château-Chinon. We then drove to Volnay and stopped at Domaine François Mure and Fils for a wine tasting and bought a bottle to bring home. They have the tiniest bottling plant in their cellar. We stopped in Beaune where Greg is from and walked around the old city and had an espresso. We then drove through Dijon on the Rue de Transvaal and through the Parc Regional du Morten. We stopped at a Logis hotel in Corbigny but they and all the other hotels are fully booked. They called the Hôtel de la Poste and organized a room for us. We had dinner at the hotel. We started with a large tot of Obanand a plate of snacks. We were served an amuse of gezpacho and guacamole. . I had the terrine de lapin to start which was very tasty. But it had an average salad. My main course was coq au pinot noir which was served with an amazing smooth pumpkin puree and good haricot vert. I chose 3 cheeses off the vast plateau de fromages bourguignons et nivernais. Dave had the croustillant d’Espoisses to start whcih had a thick creamy cheese inside pastry. He had the bavette à l’échalote done bleau. Dave had the nougat glacé to end with a lot of caramel beurre salé. We had a serious glass of Cointreau to end the night before heading for bed.

"September 25"
September 25