Getting from Paris to Decize and onto the barge – April 24

Passport control was a breeze and after we collected suitcases we checked emails and walked to get the RER B to Paris. A kind gentleman assisted us and we just missed the 06:59 train. We caught the 7:05 into Chatelet Les Halles. Then changed to the train to Gare de Lyon and walked to Gare de Bercy. We were there later than I planned but in time for Stephanie’s arrival. It’s amazing to see my Aunt who lives in Australia. She is beautiful inside and out. The train was 20 minutes late in departing so we had some quality time together. We all had coffee and croissants for breakfast. The train had some issue and so we slowly made our way alongside canals and beautiful green countryside where I even saw some buck while Dave slept. We arrived late in Nevers but with enough time for Dave to get lunch – plain ham and lettuce rolls – which we ate on the train to Decize.  We walked just over half an hour to the boat basin and we were helped straight away. As soon as the paperwork was done and the money paid, we went onto the barge. It is amazing! I unpacked while Dave was given instructions from the mechanic. He then went to shower while I carried on getting things organized. We left as soon as he was dressed. We had one lock to go through to get onto the Loire River and then turned into the Canal. We tied up at the first mooring on the left and walked 6000m to the Carrefour. We shopped, and Dave popped into the Lidl 150m from the barge for water. Groceries were dumped on the barge before we carried on. And we went straight passed the moorings on the right hand side just behind the carrefour. Had we known that, shopping would have been bliss. We have tied up near Verneuil and I showered while Dave looked at why the gas isn’t working. Sadly whatever it is is terminal and we cannot cook. We had cravettes for dinner, followed by cheese and crackers. We had snacked on a baguette with pate earlier and so finished off the last of the pate as well. We enjoyed a bottle of red wine, and had a very early night.

April 24
April 24

with love from France
Tandy and Dave

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