Our Barge, Odysseus

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Vandenesse and the Chateauneuf-en-Auxois - July 20

Who doesn't love a castle? We certainly do.
We entered the first lock on Wednesday at 9:30 all by ourselves. Up we went. While in the lock at St. Sabine we could get a view of our objective.

Chateauneuf-en-Auxois is a nearly intact 12th century stronghold originally built by Guy de Chaudenay. It was strengthened and extended over the next 300 years. It's now owned by the state and portions are open to the public. It's surrounded by a very quaint, picturesque village.
A little after 4 pm we were tied up in the port at Vandenesse, a little village about 5 k from the castle. Tomorrow we would make the hike.
In the meantime, we had an amazing view out our main cabin window.

Thursday morning was overcast with a few showers but we put on our raincoats, grabbed our umbrella and headed up the hill.

We spent a couple of hours inside the castle with it's tapestries and great rooms. Cathy Jo and Tim liked their new digs.

We also got some great views of the surrounding Burgundian countryside. That's the port at Vandenesse in the center of the picture.

Following yet another great French lunch at the Hostellerie du Chateau, we rolled down the hill. Dinner would be light tonite.
By afternoon the sun was breaking through the clouds and we got the "keeper" shot not too long before sundown.

Now if somebody would just photoshop out that electrical tower in the foreground.

Tomorrow we would turn around an head back down to Dijon.

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