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Trip Report A week on Le Boat in Burgundy

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Recently spent a week on a self-drive canal boat in Burgundy. We (3 couples) rented a boat from Le Boat and picked it up in Chatel Censoir. This is quite a small town with just a small market, but we were able to provision quite well, as there was a butcher and boulangerie as well (as most small towns have). We tried our hands at working our first lock and then tied up in the canal for the night. Each day was an adventure as we traveled the Nivernais canal and sometimes the Yonne river, meeting the lock keepers along the way. Most were quite friendly and helpful. We had one of our group "talk up" the lock keepers and we passed out little key rings with our home town on them. I thought that would be silly, but they seemed to love it!
We enjoyed Auxerre very much. It is a big city, but beautiful and historic and a great walking tour. From there we arranged a tour of Chablis, which was very good. Finally I understand a bit more about French wines. Great lunch in Chablis village as well.
We ended our week in Migennes with the last lock the largest and deepest of them all. All in all a wonderful week with friends, exploring little villages in rural France and finding restaurants and lots of wine!
I have lots more detail if anyone is planning this kind of trip.

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