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Trip Report: 10 wonderful days in the Dordogne and 10 not so wonderful days on the Canal du Midi

Trip Report: 10 wonderful days in the Dordogne and 10 not so wonderful days on the Canal du Midi

Oct 29th, 2007, 02:22 PM
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Amy: I'm glad to hear that your barge trip was fun. Why didn't you use the bikes much, just curious? We used Crown Blue and they did offer some sort of a pre shopping basket but (stupidly) we decided it would be more fun to buy it ourselves!

Coco: but didn't it rain everyday when I was in Burgundy last year??

Glad you like the pictures evelyn

I am loving everyone elses stories about falling, misery loves company.
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Oct 29th, 2007, 06:21 PM
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I was in the Dordogne a few years ago and remember seeing a barge on the Canal in Carcassonne. I thought it made quite a romantic and carefree picture. Not I know the REAL story. Still I may give it a shot!
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Oct 29th, 2007, 08:08 PM
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Susanna: I just have to thank you for giving us such a humerous story of your canal trip. You have saved thousands of people from same, and maybe burst a few romantic bubbles about such trips, but your willingness to laugh at your self is truly commendable. Thanks and hope your body is in better shape now. PS Your photos are delicious.
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Oct 30th, 2007, 12:38 AM
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Oh my, what a contrast between the first and second halves of your report! I'm just glad you were able to get through it with your sense of humor intact. My dad loves boats and has always talked about doing a barge trip; I just might have to point him to your report to get a reality check!
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Oct 30th, 2007, 05:53 AM
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<Coco: but didn't it rain everyday when I was in Burgundy last year??>

No at all! Everyone can check on my guestbook (see march 2007) and see you sitting in the sun in front of the Ducal Palace and Fine Arts museum. Maybe a little rain in Chateauneuf but not all the time. And March is not supposed to be very sunny usually...
You should have had a much nicer weather in the South anyway. Bad luck.
Take care

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Oct 30th, 2007, 07:55 AM
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Oh Susanna, what a trip you had! We were along the canal a couple of days in the 2nd half of September also, although not on a boat. I wondered at the time how it would have been to rent a boat. I need not wonder any longer. It is such a beautiful area though.

Thanks for teaching us with your experiences!
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Oct 30th, 2007, 08:20 AM
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susanna, i just love this report. it really makes me want to plan and go. i will certainly be referring to your report when i do get to go. thanks.
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Oct 30th, 2007, 08:40 AM
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Coco, we loved Dijon. It was a treat for us, though we were there for such a short time. I can imagine returning someday and hopefully we'll stay at your place. We joined H&J for dinner at your apartment the night we were in town. I know it's been said a thousand times before, but your apartment is really nice. I will send along regards, thanks.

Susanna, there were a couple of reasons why we did not use the bikes. Oddly, those most interested in riding were also those with the most boating skills. So, while I had dreamed of being dropped off in the morning for a bike ride and then meeting up with the boat somewhere down the road, the reality was that I was needed on board to handle lines, etc.

I suppose I could have just taken off and let others muddle through, but DH and I have a lot of experience boating (lived aboard a sailboat for two years) and we work very well together. So it just seemed natural to be doing the deck work. It was tiring some days, but it was a highlight of the trip to work together again, and rediscover my skills and our capacity to be a great team. (Our sailing experience ended on a sour note.)

The other reason was that once one is off the bike path, which runs along the canal, you are forced to ride on small, winding roads in areas with which you are unfamiliar. Cars drive quite fast and I just didn't want to risk it.

I also found that between the boat work, provisioning, exploring on foot, enjoying restaurants, museums, flea markets, churches, etc. there wasn't a lot of time or inclination to take a leisurely ride. Maybe next time!
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Oct 31st, 2007, 10:32 AM
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Merci Amy

ttt for Susan
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Oct 31st, 2007, 12:37 PM
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"enjoying restaurants, museums, flea markets, churches, etc"
WOW, you had all that??
OK Coco, Burgundy it is next time.
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Nov 1st, 2007, 02:03 PM
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Oh yeah. We did!

There was also some great shopping along the way, which surprised me. One of the best stores I encountered was Foulart in Dijon. Scarves and accessories to die for.

There were several Michelin stars along the way and a variety of other Michelin recommended restos. One town, Chalon-sur-Saone, has a street lined with little cafes, each one more appealing than the last. Had two memorable dinners there. There was also a huge Carrefour to shop at about a block away.

Oh gyad, I guess I had better write a trip report. I never have much steam for that after the trip... Bad, bad Fodorite!
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Nov 2nd, 2007, 04:43 AM
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Hi S,

Thanks for a great report.

Sorry to her about all of your mishaps.

Did you get your tooth fixed?

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Nov 3rd, 2007, 07:04 AM
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HI Ira: Probably the one good thing about this trip was that I stuck my crown in my change purse. Every time I paid for something that dam tooth was mixed in with my money(eew) but for some reason I didn't toss it, which has probably saved me $1000, my dentist cleaned it up and re-cemented it in my mouth for a mere $160!

Amy: you really should do a report, your trip sounds like everything my was suppose to be.
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Nov 3rd, 2007, 12:00 PM
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hi, susanna,

"our sailing ended on a sour note"

sounds like a story worth telling!

regards, ann
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