Starting the Whirlwind Tour
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Helen and Earl had not been in Europe before so we decided that, after the relaxing week on the canal, we should see how much we could stuff into a week. (See "France at 5 MPH) for the first part of the trip.)
We had to leave the boat by 9:00 so were up at 7:00 to pack & clean the boat. Leaving the girls & the luggage at the CBL office, Earl & I left by taxi for the Europcar office in Nevers. The reservation was for a "VW Passat or equivalent." The car they had for us was a Peugeot 407. The luggage space was more limited but no Passat was available so, with little alternative and some apprehension about fitting everything, we crossed our fingers & took the car.
As long as we were in Europe, we wanted to be sure to visit with our good friends, Gisela and Karl, who live in Düsseldorf.
We had my portable GPS but, to our surprise, found there was one in the car as well. We set mine windowed in for details and speaking in English and the installed one windowed out and speaking in French so we had both a detailed and wide-angle view and bi-lingual instruction! With such excellent guidance, we drove directly to l'Hôtel de la Poste & checked in. The girl at the desk said Karl was not registered so I called his cell.
The six off us wandered around Beaune, having drinks & croques messieurs at one café and coffee & pastries at another. After a short break to freshen up, we met for dinner at 7:00. During the day we had checked out the restaurants and had made a 7:30 reservation at "La Grilladine." It turned out to be an excellent choice; dinner was wonderful and we had a great time. Almost 4 hours later we headed back to the hotel. The others headed for bed but Karl, Gisela & I spent a few minutes in the lobby with my map program so Karl could make some recommendations for our trip to Switzerland the following day.