Thunderstorms in Tournus

We left Louhans on Tuesday morning 10th June at 9.00 after a quick dash to the boulangerie by me and a thorough de-spidering of the deck by Alan and motored all the way back down the Seille river, through 4 locks (3 of which we did ourselves in stunning style… i.e. No one fell in) and arrived back on the Saone river by 2pm. Turning a droit (right) we headed towards Tournus and arrived around 3pm. Absolutely knackered. Not sure why it’s so tiring but it may be to do with the scorching heat.

We were concerned there wouldn’t be a space on the (free) pontoon as it’s usually full (due to its ‘freeness’!?) but there was a spot and we very happily parked up feeling pleased with ourselves. Then we read the sign about the hire boats getting preference on that particular area so we moved back into the free zone. Our power cable wasn’t long enough but luckily our Fairy God-boaters, Roger and Caroline on FoxyLady, lent us their extra long cable so we were plugged it. I was thinking about asking them to follow us around Burgundy so we can continue to borrow their equipment. It’s been very handy 🙂

Tournus was a real surprise to me. I hadn’t expected it to be such an ancient town, 11th and 12th century some of it. There’s an abbey and 2 churches. And it’s small so walking to see everything was easy. Really enjoyed our time there especially the amazing thunder and lightening storm. It went on for a couple of hours with sheet and jagged lightening. Such a show! Got some great video but none of my pics showed how spectacular it was.

We left Tournus on Thursday and came through the massively long Ormes lock all by ourselves. Quite the adventure. The lock must have been over 100 metres long, maybe more. And we stood in our little 11.5m boat with our life jackets on and our little ropes tied to the bollard. There is a control tower and the guy up there does all the technical stuff. It was fun surprisingly!

Now we are in Chalon-sur -Saone, obviously still on the Saone river. This is quite a large town and the marina is quite new and set behind the Isle Saint Laurent. Chalon is the birthplace of Nicephore Niepce who was the inventor of photography. In Roman times this was a military staging post and Caesar had his winter mooring here. Plenty of history in this area.

Unfortunately we haven’t been able to see much of the sights (other than the enormous Carrefour where staff wear roller blades to get around) as Alan’s foot swelled up and he has been unable to move around. Fingers crossed he’s over the worst of it today (Saturday). There’s a festival here at the marina this weekend and a jazz band later so that should be fun.

I’ll post some pics shortly.

About khodges2013

Alan and I divide our time between our apartment in Christchurch, New Zealand, and our 11.5m Dutch Cruiser, Silver Fern, on the canals in France. We started out hiring and eventually bought our boat in 2014. The two summers lifestyle is wonderful and we feel very lucky!
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6 Responses to Thunderstorms in Tournus

  1. robjokatieemilyrosie says:

    Sorry to hear about Alan’a foot. Spider bite?


  2. Nikki says:

    Not the dreaded gout I hope? Beautiful place you are cruisin and beautiful smiles! X


    • khodges2013 says:

      With some help managed to get a doctor to visit the boat today (Sunday!) and he diagnosed Erysipele. Now have to go to the only pharmacy in Chalon open today to get his antibiotics and anti coagulants etc. Luckily we have an offer of a lift as it’s not very close. Dramas!


  3. Kirsten Chambers says:

    Bonne chance with that!! Btw … some of those locks you’re navigating your way through look rather scary …you’re oh so brave!! : )


    • khodges2013 says:

      The Ormes lock is 188 metres long! We are 11.5 metres long. And we were in it by other selves. Felt a bit strange. Lucky no massive pusher barges were around at the time. Or hotel boats. They are massive and scary in a little boat 🙂


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