|The Luciole sits bellow Mailly le Chateau|
A big storm hit Tuesday and the river levels rose. Cruising to Auxerre we were unable to make it under the Mailly La Ville bridge so a day trip to Beaune was organised and a visit around the very impressive Hotel Dieu (Hospice de Beaune) - a hospital for the poor founded in 1443, a great step back in time and architecturally very beautiful. I joined along for the trip and the drive down was gorgeous, a very different area of Burgundy to our Northern part, predominantly covered in vineyards..... it was lovely to get back to our Nivernais Canal though, I have to say.
Fortunately we were stopped on a section of canal and Francisco offered piloting lessons in the evening. The sun really came out for the last few days of the week and it was really hot, passengers took the time to explore on foot and bike.