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Macon, Tournus & Chalon

Arrived in Macon overnight. It was meant to be a quick drop off of those booked on the Chardonnay tour who were then going to meet us at Tournus as we were meant to sail straight away there. Unfortunately there was an issue with one of the engines and so we were stuck here while the engineer tried to sort it out. We were allowed to get off the boat and go walking through the town. Its a very small place so not a lot to see but it does have a pretty shady square with a lovely garden and war memorial where a horse drawn water cart was giving everything a drink. We tried to find the Hotel Dieu (old hospital) but it seemed it is closed to the public. John needed a haircut so when we passed a coiffier and barbier he took his chance and a nice young Frenchman did a good job on him. With the boat now fixed we sailed again around noon and docked in Tournus at 3pm. We wondered around this really pretty well kept town visiting their Hotel Dieu / Musee Grueze which was in the most incredible original condition and dated back to 1675 . The dispensary still houses the original jars and bottles all sitting in their original wall cabinets - was so interesting and enlightening. Hotel Dieu's were hospitals built by the rich with a conscience and were specifically for caring for the poor. The nurses were mainly nuns. The locals were setting up for a market night but unfortunately we had to be back on board ready to sail at 6.45pm for Chalon sur Saone. We had another beautiful dinner including a crab cocktail - Yum. We arrived late in the evening and had after dinner drinks in the lounge bar and at 11pm decided we would go for a walk around the town - I think we were the only ones up this late!! Although we only saw this town at night, it looked very pretty and clean and the local cafes and restaurants were still doing good business. This is our last night on this cruise ship (Poetry II) so we packed our bags and hit the sack about midnight.

Posted by 3kiwisabroad 08:08

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dad needed a hair cut - hard to believe :P

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