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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Chalon sur Saone to Cuisery & the River Seille

The next morning, I went into town in search of a boulangerie but they were closed on Mondays. How can all the stores decide to close on the same day? Just our luck. I ended up going to the Carrefour across the street from the marina and bought croissants as well as a rotisserie chicken, tart flambé, pate, salad and fruit in case we couldn't find an open restaurant for lunch.

From Chalon sur Saone at PK 142, we continued down the River Saone.

At PK 119, we entered the lock at Ormes. It was an automatic lock and the drop was 2.53 m.

We passed Tournus at PK 112. This was a large town--we'll stop here on the return trip.

The turn onto the River Seille was at PK 106. It was a tiny sign and we missed it at first. Fortunately, the PK markers alerted us that we had gone too far and we turned back.

Just as we turned onto the River Seille, we hit the lock at La Truchere.

This was manned by a lock keeper who came out to help us with the lock. He helped us tie up and operated the locks. It was only 1.15 m change. The fees for the lock were included in the charter fees so we didn't have to pay extra. The lock keeper does not accept tips.

The lock keeper's home right next to the lock. If he's not outside, you ring the little bell by the side of the lock.

La Truchere--a small hamlet.

Bridge near Ratanelle, the next small town on the River Seille.

Old gate.

Along the river bank.

Before we reached Cuisery at PK 13, there was 1 more lock. This was a manual lock with a rise of 2.2 m just before the mooring site for the town. From Chalon sur Saone, it was 49 km, 7 hours and 3 locks to Cuisery.

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