It is a gorgeous day in Paray-Le -Monial. The sun is shining, there is a cool breeze though. June this year has not been as hot as last year, and I’m happy about that. You can warm up with an extra layer of polar fleece but cooling down on a boat can be tricky, especially if you don’t want to swim in the canal. And nobody want to swim in the canal.
That brings me to my next point. Water and lack there of. Yes it seems we have another problem with the water cooling in the engine. This time the raw water temp light came on about 10mins after we had headed out of Paray-le-Monial. So now we are back tied up again and trying out a few things to see if we can fix it before calling in the mechanic again. Hence the pouting.
But now for a recap. Last time I wrote we were in Génelard, a lovely (and free) mooring in a very pretty harbour. We stayed for a few days, socialised with other boatees and biking to the small supermarket for supplies. There was a market on Sunday but it consisted of a large fruit and vegetable stall and a goats cheese stand selling a very hard, very smelly and very small cheese. We had to buy some of course and it is unusual. But in a good way. It’s so dry it sucks the all the moisture out of your mouth. Odd but not unpleasant. Thats it at the bottom. There is also Roquefort, Munster and Comte.
After a few days we headed out down the canal to Palinges where there is room for 2-3 boats and water is available. There is a new electrical box there but it hasn’t been connected up yet. We were there by ourselves which was lovely. Very rural. We hopped on our bikes and headed down a country lane to see the Chateau Digoin, only a few kms away. Wow. What a amazing place. It is still privately owned and the gardens (35 hectares) are incredible. We couldn’t get inside as they seemed to be filming a period piece (we saw cameras) or perhaps there was a play on in the Italian Theatre inside the chateau.
The next day we moved on down the canal to Paray-Le-Monial. The canal seems to be quite quiet. I took all my brave pills and phoned the VNF to ask them to set the locks for us. The lady on the phone was very nice and seemed to understand my French! Amazing. We heard that yesterday the locks were closed and there was some issue with water levels. Also some of the Haltes were full so maybe we have been lucky. That is up until today. This came through the afternoon. Maybe dredging?
This is the view from our boat…There is a big religious event coming up here. I think we are on the Pilgrimage route and there is something called the Sessions which starts beginning of July and goes through mid August. We may still be here so I’ll find out!
I hope not!