Wednesday, 29 June 2016

19th - 25th June 2016

It's been a beautiful week in Burgundy and what perfect timing for such brilliant sunshine. We we're very fortunate this week to be joined by our old friends James and Diana, frequent passengers and the leaders of walking parties, where our guests are lead around the countryside on foot, taking in the sights and visiting interesting spots scouted out by James in previous seasons. All of this was done along side visits in the bus with tour guide Andy, and of course our regular schedule of smoothly cruising along the Nivernais. 

The Walking Party began their walk at the Basilica of V├ęzelay
Smooth sailing is what this week was all about, considering the amount of organisation that went into it, it really couldn't have been better executed. The group taking off together in the early morning sunshine, enjoying long walks by the rivers and hills, seeing all of the beauty Burgundy has to offer. Once the walking was done they would be greeted by Andy, happy and helpful as always, waiting by the bus to deliver them back to the barge, or perhaps to take them to some interesting locations, imparting his encyclopedic knowledge along the way. The afternoons were spent on the boat as we navigated the canals, basking in the heat of the day on the deck, or down in the crisp and cool cabins sleeping off one of Chef Marc's beautiful buffet lunches. The week came to it's conclusion in it's familiar fashion, Captain's dinner and Francisco's after dinner speech, always an hilarious spectacle. This time however, the reins were handed over to James to deliver the final word, a very touching and funny thank you to all of the crew and passengers individually. A wonderful week, and one we hope to relive very soon.   

Before long the walkers had a different view of the magnificent basilica

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