Wednesday, July 5th -- Coulange sur Yonne to Clamecy (6.6 km , 4 Locks)
Yet another easy day today. (We know that we will pay for it later!) I got up early and went to the bakery to get our requisite
croissants, pain au chocolat, and bread. My very basic French and an appropriate amount of pointing and smiling is all it
takes. Our goal for the day was Clamecy.
Today was the day that we hit our first drawbridge. Now normally
I would be the one to crank the bridge up, but seeing that my arm was in a sling due to a shoulder dislocation 2 weeks prior
to leaving it was up to Julie. We let Julie off and she walked up to bridge, looked at the illustrated directions, began
to turn the crank--and viola, the bridge went up. After clearing the bridge, she cranked the other way to lower it and got
back on the boat.
The couple from Florida who we met earlier told us a wonderful spot to moor in Clamecy.
They told us -- Turn right as soon as you pass through the lock. Tie up under the big tree as it will give you shade all
We got the spot and were they ever right!
Clamecy is a beautiful town. It has several ATMs (the first since Auxerre) and supermarkets within 500 meters of the quay.
We walked around the town to the top of the hill and found a beautiful church at the top. We went inside and there was some
beautiful stained glass. The exterior had large gargoyles all over which the kids loved. There were also birds swarming
in and out of the stonework. It was fun to watch the turn, swoop and disappear in a blink of the eye.
is a wine shop in Clamecy called The Cave. It has a huge selection of local and fine wines. You can also buy bulk wine in
the rear of the shop. Guess who we ran into while we were buying our wine? Yes, the French couple!
also a museum in Clamecy that is worth the time, an hour or so. Besides art and some gallo-roman relics, it has a whole floor
dedicated to the history of the Canal du Nivernais. There are models of the log barges, photos, and the actual tools that
were used when Clamecy was the center a booming logging industry.
Across the square from the church is a wonderful
Italian pizza restaurant that we had a wonderful dinner at. A few language problems trying to special order something for
Evie, but she was a trooper and ate what she got.
Back to the boat for a rousing card game of War with the kids,
then off to bed.