Saturday July 9th dawned another beautiful day. We still had power at our Brienon-sur-Armançon mooring until late morning when a woman came around and turned it off again. Guess she wanted another €10. But we headed off to St Florentin.
Firstly though we explored the town of Brienon-sur-Armançon. The town was ravaged by fire in the 17th and 18th centuries but the grande lavoir (big oval wash house) survived. It’s very unusual and I wish I’d brought my camera with me to show you how interesting it is but sadly I did not. There is another lavoir on the other side of town, not nearly as well looked after. Apparently there is some 16th graffiti on a bridge here but we didn’t find it. Ce n’est pas grave.
We bought a baguette from the boulangerie closest to the port but I wouldn’t recommend it. We ate it anyway of course.
After lunch we set off up the canal towards St Florentin. Four locks and 10 kms. It was very hot but the canal is partially shaded by trees which was lovely.
The capitain greeted us, asked us our minimum depth and showed us where to park. They are doing work on expanding the port here so I guess come Monday there will be construction near our boat. We had a refreshing Peniché under the trees then a lie down for me. Too much sun and I didn’t feel well.
Later on we walked into town with Martin and Jacqui for a drink. The first bar was closing (7pm) but the next one was open so we relaxed with a couple of glasses of beer until it too closed. Big Saturday night in St Flo!
Perhaps everyone was saving up for Sunday night’s big footy match where France are playing Portugal in the Euro Champ finals. Allez les Bleus!
Brienon-sur-Armançon to St Florentin – 10kms, 4 locks, 2.3 hrs