The canal/river is somewhat deeper here, and “Waterman” is easier to handle, and with the current pushing us we were hitting a stupendous 8km/h at times!


A typical canal-side scene at Champs-sur-Yonne.

Carmel decided that she needed some more exercise, so chose to walk the towpath between two of the locks.

Carmel jogging on towpath

Carmel jogging on the towpath between La Cour Barree and Champs-sur-Yonne.

La Cour Barree

Near La Cour Barree the canal is separated from the L’Yonne river by a wall. It’s a rather strange arrangement – two waterways in one.

Auxerre is a very pretty city, and is the capital of the Lower Burgundy region. From the port de plaisance in the river we can see several large churches, and riverside parks and cafes.


Arriving at Auxerre along the Canal de Nivernais.

And more ducks …

Ducks at Bailly

Tonight we’re off to a fancy restaurant, and we’ll spend a couple of days here.

Restaurant St Pelorin

Restaurant St Pelorin at Auxerre – wonderful local food, and a really nice atmosphere!

Restaurant St Pelerin Kitchen

The chef at Restaurant St Pelerin worked at this huge open fireplace, preparing wonderful dishes.