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Archive for April 21st, 2016

Coulanges to Pierrefitte–sur-Loire (Sun 17 and Mon 18th)

Posted by contentedsouls on 21/04/2016

1 lock, 4.5 kms, 1.5 hours

Well, we don’t want to overdo it. The adjacent hotel/restaurant had been reported as closed but it has been renovated with its exterior decorated to reflect it’s name; La Peniche.

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Rather apt as we are starting to see the odd ‘small’ commercial again now. The skipper gave us plenty of room though, even if his dog looked down on us!

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As the village was quite close to our mooring, I persuaded G and Baxter to accompany Muttley and I for an afternoon walk into the village on Monday. We had a choice of a village shop cum bar or a (very) small supermarket. Deciding to support the little guys we bought everything we could from the village shop before walking to the supermarket – the latter was closed for lunch from 12.30 until 4.15; that’s going some even by French standards. I walked back at 5.00pm to find it still closed; I hadn’t read the small sign that said the owners had gone on holiday that morning and that, in their absence, the shop would only be open from 7 am until 12. I also discovered that my ‘support the little guy’ philosophy had stitched me up with two boxes of eggs more than a week over their ‘best before’ date.

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On that note, I set off around the lake with Muttley where he learned the meaning of a sign saying “terrain humide”!!!

I thought I was in for a soaking too, but we made it all the way round before the heavens opened.

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We had already booked passage for 10 am on the Tuesday, so I had to get up early to get to the shop. I could only just see the sunrise through the mist and there was a severe frost on the roof of the boat. Even getting there at 8 there were only 3 croissants left and, in the veg department, I had to resort to salad and endives; I haven’t seen a mushroom outside of a tin since we left Roanne!

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The sun quickly burnt off the mist and we were in for a glorious day.

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