Sunday 28 August 2011

28th August Canal Du Nivernais

Breakfast was OK and included a choice of fruit, cheese, cold meat and eggs. We were also given a small burnt croissant and pain au chocolate. It looked like the "chef" had burnt the whole batch as everyone's croissant was the same.

We eat in the Hotel last night. A confusing menu that allowed you to pick 2 dishes from a list for your starter and main course. These were not separated so you have ended up with two starters or 2 main courses. The meal turned out to be a little disappointing, the fish soup was tasteless and Coq au Vin far too salty. The desert was the best part.

Cycled a section of the canal Du Niverais today from Citry Les Mines to Chatillon-en-Bazois. A return trip of around 45 miles.The canal was completed around 1843 and is acknowledge to be one of the most beautiful in France.You can now cycled along it entire length from Auxerre to Decize where it meets the Loire.

Stopped at a small bar by the canal and had an interesting conversation canal French with the locals. We established that they were all cattle farmers and one their cousins rode in or was mechanic on the Tour de France. A least that what we thought he told us. The bar was a little run down but looked a good escape for a Sunday and as were left they were just sitting down for a meal outside.

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