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We left Pont d’Ouche on Tuesday 23 June, and spent four leisurely days getting to Dijon, arriving there in the afternoon of Friday 26 June. Here’s some things from along the way …

Duck pond at Pont d'Ouche

The “duck pond” at Pont d’Ouche; on the river beside the canal, but seemingly fenced off to prevent any public access. Lots of ducks in the cool of the early morning.

Approaching the last lock before La Bussiere-sur-Ouche.

Approaching the last lock before La Bussiere-sur-Ouche.

Eclusier's dog

Most eclusiers have a dog, or several. This one greeted us near La Bussiere-sur-Ouche.

For Sale: Canal-side property in La-Bussiere-sur-Ouche

For Sale: Canal-side property in La-Bussiere-sur-Ouche

Doctor's House

As we walked past this house in La Bussiere-sur-Ouche, Heather took a photo of the clematis inthe garden. The owner called out to us, and invited us in, showed us around his garden, and wined us on his terrace.

Jean-Pierre Massart is a retired doctor who still volunteers his services at the French Hospital in Vietnam.  After plying us with wine, he took us down to the Abbey - now an exclusive private hotel - and opened the gate to allow us in to explore the grounds.

Jean-Pierre Massart is a retired doctor who still volunteers his services at the French Hospital in Vietnam. After plying us with wine, he took us down to the Abbey – now an exclusive private hotel – and opened the gate to allow us in to explore the grounds.

Redstart birdbox

This male Redstart was foraging in Jean-Pierre’s garden, and bringing food to its mate, in the nesting box.

Abbaye de La Bussiere

The entrance to the Abbaye de La Bussiere.

Abbaye de La Bussiere

The main building – the old Abbey – of the exclusive Abbaye de La Bussiere hotel.

Giant water rat

There were several of these giant water rats (perhaps known here as coypu) beside the lake at the Abbaye de La Bussiere.

Plombieres-les-Dijon

Plombieres-les Dijon; a large turning basin in the canal, and a small restaurant, on the outskirts of Dijon.

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