Up, breakfast and we are off. Gurgy was great. Nice new wooden quay with power at €5 for 12 hours if you want it. Lovely village with boulangerie
The weather was pretty good, alternating between sun and cloud. There’s a fairly boring deviation from Gurgy north towards Migennes but after a few locks we were back on the river. Very rural and peaceful.
The last lock of the day is going into Migenne and it is quite a deep one. As we were ascending the eclusier has to lower a hook to take our ropes and put them over the bollards as we are too low down to reach by throwing or using our boat hook.
No problems there and we arrived into Migennes.
Migennes is a reasonably good mooring with power and water at €5 each and quite a lot of space. What lets it down is the very busy train station directly opposite. Quite noisy but it’s amazing what you get used to. Handy spot to meet up with friends heading down from Paris though. We caught up with Becky and Dave on their barge Wunderlust.
The weather has turned into Summer this week. Beautiful clear blue skies and hot sun. Alan is a happy man. Me? I’m more of a temperate kind of girl but it’s great to see blue skies and sunshine.
The jeudi marché was really good. A big covered market with the usual clothing stalls surrounding it, most of the clothing is cheap merde although there is some decent stuff if you’re prepared to pick through it. Inside, however, is where it’s all happening. Cheese, farm fresh vegetables and fruit, meat and poultry (including Guinea fowl and horse), honey, Middle Eastern spices and confectionery, bread and pastries. It’s busy. There’s nothing quite like the energy and happy buzz of a French market. The venders are calling out their deals, neighbours are chatting and everyone wants the best produce at the best price. It’s invigorating and one of the very best things about France.
I will be doing a pictorial of the Migennes jeudi marché shortly. I’m sure you will await that with baited breath.
We picked out melon, apples and a baguette for lunch and strolled back to the boat in the warm sunshine. Later on we biked to the nearby village of Cheny on the other side of the Armançon river followed by a thirst-quenching Peniché.
That night we had drinks with Martin and Jacqui, our neighbours in Christchurch. We didn’t know they would be in Migennes the same time as us. What a coincidence. Like a lot of boatees, including ourselves, the floods meant they had to change their plans this year and weren’t expecting to be here. We should have been heading up to Paris but with the Seine in flood we decided to try the Canal de Bourgogne instead. Last year this canal was closed at the top due to lack of water so this year should be good although we’ve heard it is very weedy after Dijon.
After two nights in Migennes, the next morning we traveled in convoy with M & J’s boat ‘Akaroa’ the eight kms and two locks up the canal to Brienon-sur-Armançon. I talked to the eclusier in Migennes that morning and asked for a 10.15 departure at the first lock. No problem he said. So off we headed but as there were boats already waiting in front of us we had to wait until 11am. Oh well. I tried.
This part of the canal is pretty but a little boring after being on the Yonne. We travelled this way a few years ago on a France Afloat hire boat. You could wild moor along here under the trees no problem.
So we arrived at the second lock right on lunchtime. Bad timing as the locks close from 12-1pm but we tied up to a big metal bollard half hidden in the grass and Akaroa raftered up to us for lunch. Melon, apple and cheese. Very nice. An hour and twenty minutes later the eclusier allowed a big barge in the other side so we had to wait for them to lock through. This ‘short’ eight km trip took a disproportionately long time!m
We finally arrived at Brienon-sur-Armançon at 2.15pm. Four and a quarter hours in total. Here the charge is €10 including power and water. Someone from the Capitanerie will come at 5pm to collect the cash and put on the power/water. The mooring is by a road but between us and the road there is a grassy and treed area so some shade! We needed power for our fans to cool down the interior.
Beautiful evening. A nice spot.
Migennes to Brienon-sur-Armançon -8 kms, 2 locks – 4.25hrs