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Transfer to Basel via Beaune

Up early today as we have to have our bags at the door for loading at 8am. Had a quick brekky and on the bus 8.30am heading for Beaune. arrived approx 9.15am and we had until 11.30 to look around. The guide on the bus took us through this towns Hotel Dieu (yes they all have one). Again the architecture in this building is so well preserved considering it goes back to 1443. Another building on the site was built in the 18th century. They were built on a large scale to reflect the fact that the benefactors were very wealthy. This particular one has an amazing mosaic roof made up of glazed coloured tiles. We then strolled through the fabulous local Saturday market place. Wow what a market it is. There were several large tables of food types, salamis, olives, cheeses , tapenades, sausages, rotisserie chickens as well as fresh produce and stalls selling other crafts. Back to the bus at 11.45am and on to Dijon where others from our cruise left us and were taking the train to Paris. Everyone said their goodbyes and then we had to get on another bus (only 6 of us on a 60 seater bus) bound for Basel (Switerland). This is where we will join our next cruise ship The Tranquility II. In Basel we joined the new vessel to find it was a full house - 120 pax. The staff don't see, to be as colourful as those on Poetry II , the meals not quite up to the standard set on the Poetry (early days though) and the noise level at dinner was something we weren't used to. There is a much greater mix on this leg with quite a few children and heaps of Americans, including an extended family of three generations numbering about 20! However we discovered four other Kiwis on the first night.

Posted by 3kiwisabroad 07:54

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