Today we have finally departed our home port de plaisance of Saint Jean de Losne and headed out for this year’s cruise. But first things first, we desperately needed some more gigabytes on our dongle (as you do). All this posting blog entries and checking out the stock market has sucked up two lots of 35€ worth in three weeks. Mind you, you only get 3 gigs for 35€. Blanquarts, where we were moored over the winter, have free internet but times when it works are few and far between so we have been forced to turn on our own wifi.
On Tuesday morning I went down to the Tabac to top up our French mobile phone and completed the transaction all in French (how smug did I feel) and so we thought perhaps we could do the same with the internet but “Ce n’est pas possible” apparently and we would have to travel to Dijon to the Orange shop. As we walked back to the boat we saw a man lying face down at the bottom of the dry dock, apparently having fallen off the slippery gangplank. He looked pretty grey although he was moving and soon the ambulance came, then the medics and finally a helicopter touched down near the dry dock and he was flown off, probably to Dole hospital. Poor guy, it was about a 3 metre fall, into concrete. That’s got to hurt. Dramas in St J d L!
Anyway off to Dijon we went, happily having been generously given some return tickets by John and Cushla, a couple from Tauranga. The tickets expired that day and they weren’t going to use them so a free trip for us. Yay! We biked to the railway station, about 2kms out of town along a lovely tree lined country road.
We caught the 12.54, arriving in Dijon about 35 mins later. We headed up the main pedestrian walkway to the Orange shop (like Vodphone), a shop we know quite well now and recharged our dongle (again all in French), turned around and headed back to the station catching the 2.30 back to St J, jumped on our bikes and we were back at the boat by 3.10. Job done!
So now with at least a few days wifi up our sleeves and having stocked up on essentials (wine and chocolate)
For 14€ we are hooked up to power and thankfully so because it is very hot! Still 27° at 6pm. The new bache (bimini) is awesome and paying for itself already. The cruise down today was just gorgeous, blue sky and sunshine and hardly any wind. Apart from being mildly disorganised getting our life jackets on to go into the lock, everything went really, the boat did what it is supposed to do and so a good start for the season.
As I’m writing this we are sitting on the aft deck, it’s 9pm and the sun is still up but the temperature is finally cooling down. There are a large flock of crows (a ‘murder’ I think?) living in the trees nearby, crowing away and a couple of swans are swimming past, looking for a snack. A lovely Irish couple, John and Nancy, joined us on the boat for an Apero this evening. Tomorrow we are both heading for Chalon sur Saone which is about 44kms further down the Saone.
Here are a few pics from this evening…