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Today was time to leave Paris, and join Heather and Ian on Waterman, a converted Dutch water-carrier barge built in 1927. You can see more about the barge here.

After a visit to the patiserrie for breakfast, and a final stroll around the St. Germain area, we trundled our bags down to the bus to Gare de Lyon, and caught the train to Cremant Bazarnes, a bit over 2 hours south-east of Paris, where we changed to another train for the final 10 minute trip to the small village of Maille-la-Ville, where we were met at the station by Heather and a charming local, Jean-Pierre, who had come to drive us the short distance to where the barge was moored.

Gare de Lyon

Gare de Lyon is a large station, serving the south-east portion of France.

Cramant Bazernes Station

The station at Cramant Bazernes, where we changed trains, is rather different to the Gare de Lyon.

Waterman at Mailly-la-Ville

The barge “Waterman” at Mailly-la-Ville, a small village in the Bourgogne region.

Tomorrow we get to experience river life, and the joys of navigating locks. And I’ll get back to taking pictures with my real camera (packed away for travel today), rather than my phone!