We arrived in Santenay on Monday, having decided against the planned stop in Chagny. The town of Chagny is possibly lovely but the port, although it has new pontoons, is right beside a working factory and just didn’t seem like a nice spot for night.

So, having asked some South Africans on a Locaboat hire boat where a better spot was, we continued on another 5 kms to Santenay. There are a few bollards and a Robinet (pump/water fountain) and that’s about it but the shade was very appealing and we really needed to stop for the night. Only one bollard was free so we put a stake in the ground and tied up.

Tuesday was a little cooler so we decided to bike up to the next village, Cheilly-lès-Maranges and check out the mooring on offer. Santenay is much nicer and after a barge moved on, there was space for us to move up and tie onto two bollards, more secure especially as wind gusts were forecast. We carried on to have a look around this neighbouring little town. Only a boucherie (butchery) which appeared to also stock bread, but very picturesque. We biked uphill amongst the vignobles (vineyards), workers dotted around the grapes, busy pruning. The tiny grapes are just starting.  

At some point they might end up like this… 

 Wednesday we still weren’t ready to move on, the mooring is just so pleasant. So we attached the video camera to Alan’s handlebars and once again set off on our bikes, this time to Remigny, another village nearby. Gorgeous ride along the towpath. We had a look around then headed back to Santenay, stopping for a coffee in the square,  

 then rode on up to the vineyards again, this time checking out the Santenay Chateau (closed on Wednesdays) 😌. 

 We picked up a baguette from the boulangerie (very nice) and headed back to the boat and some shade. Later on in the evening we biked back to Cheilly-lès-Maranges so that we could video the beautiful scenery and cycleways. There are green trails all around this area and they are well used. Many groups of cyclists obviously training and lots of tour groups. This particular track is a old railway route and it is so pretty and shady. A lovely evening. 

 Today is Thursday and, you guessed it, we still can’t drag ourselves away. Today is market day in Santenay so we walked the 15mins into the town but we’re a little disappointed to find only a handful of stalls. Still, the cheese stand was impressive and we picked up some farm fresh eggs. Also available was fish and a small variety of veges. After a coffee and a chat to some fellow boatees (who had also been having trouble with the locks and had had to call the emergency line four times already), we headed back to the boat for some lunch and an afternoon under the shady trees. It’s another scorcher today, just a few puffy clouds and very little breeze. Who knows, we may still be here tomorrow. It’s not like we are in a hurry, after all.

 By the way, here are some statistics. On Monday we travelled only 17kms but climbed 42 metres and operated through 11 locks. We have another 26kms, 24 locks and 77.2 metres to climb before we reach the summit at Montchanin. Then it’s downhill which is much easier in the locking process.

If we ever leave Santenay…

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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5 Responses to Santenay…

  1. Nikki says:

    All the time you need! X


  2. Tim says:

    Hi Guys, well what can we say other than it all looks wonderful..!!! You really are quite the wee writer Karen and we enjoy reading what’s been going on over there. If anything you might be fuelling the desire to go and give it a go ourselves… who knows..!!

    The boat looks great, new name and all. While reading about the engine over heating I was hoping you had performed the appropriate name changing ceremony… some maritime rituals it seems need to be observed. Anyway, as you say, obviously weed or possibly a plastic bag or some such thing, I remember having the same thing happened on my brothers boat.

    We love the photos as well… you both looked soooo relaxed. I’m sure there are one or two moments in there but wow, what a place to be. As you said to us Karen when we took this job, a life less ordinary… you now have that is aces..!!

    Travel for us this year looks like it’s going to be very unplanned. We head back to NZ next week for a couple of weeks then back up here for a further two weeks. After that it’s back to NZ and then a quick trip to London is on the cards. EU hasn’t really been tabled at this point but we’ll see how it all plays out. To be honest I’m enjoying doing very little this year after the last couple of very crazy years.

    Anyway guys, take care up there.. it is just fantastic to see it has all come together for you and you’re ‘living the dream’.. enjoy!!.


    Tim and Bron xx


    • khodges2013 says:

      We have kept the name wigwam written inside the boat, hoping this will appease the marine gods. Thanks for the lovely long comment. Shame we won’t see you this year but you never now!


  3. Kirsten says:

    You’re totally selling it !! : )


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