Last trip on the Saone River with our French friends

Home made soup- wine before and after

Home made soup- wine before and after

Last Sunday, we invited the people with whom we have formed strong friendships during or time in Chalon, to come on a farewell trip with us on the boat.

Nine people were able to come which was wonderful. Nuala and I both understand that people live busy lives and some who would have liked to have been there could not for other good reasons.

l/r Chris, John Marc,Thierry, Adrian

l/r Chris, John Marc,Thierry, Adrian

So we took a trip up the Saone for about an hour. John Marc knew a good place to anchor so we put down the anchor and had soup and sandwiches ( the soup was home made carrot soup made by Nuala)!

Then there were lots of toasts and Crement de Bourgogne and wine drank. After about two hours anchored, we made our way back to Chalon, moored the boat and drank some more wine.

l/r Shelly Cillian, Helen,Noel, Matthais,Sean, Aine- in Ireland

l/r Shelly Cillian, Helen,Noel, Matthais,Sean, Aine- in Ireland

As I reflect, I realise that people are the same everywhere. We had two parties of people on the boat in Ireland before we left on the Gap Year and the day followed the same pattern. Having said that, I don’t think the Irish can drink as much as the French or maybe it was because when we were in Ireland everyone had to drive 50 miles back to Dublin!

Either way all the ‘on board trips’ were a great success- a great way for us to connect with people and say thank you for their friendship.

l/r Shelly, Cillian,Helen,, Pat, Nuala, Matthais on River Shannon in Ireland

l/r Shelly, Cillian,Helen,, Pat, Nuala, Matthais on River Shannon in Ireland

11 bottles for 9 people drinking!

11 bottles for 9 people drinking!

man overboard practise- cushion blew into the water

Man overboard practise- cushion blew into the water

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9 Responses to Last trip on the Saone River with our French friends

  1. Helen Duffy says:

    Safe home, and please give our best wishes to Neal when you visit. An ace guy for cooking chips!
    Helen and Fred

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  2. Bill Kee says:

    I resemble that remark about the French drinking more than the Irish. You have forgotten our delivery trip during which we managed to raise the French GDP figure.
    Give my best regards to Neil; look forward to seeing you soon.

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  3. thierry goujon says:

    Ce soir je suis triste, triste que Nualas et Adrian quitte Chalon sur Saône, je suis triste de ne pas avoir eu le temps de leurs faire découvrir plus de chose de France, j’aurais aimer les emmener dans le Jura voir la neige et visiter des monuments et des sites remarquables et tellement d’autres choses que nous aurions pu faire. A chaque fois que nous avons passé du temps ensemble se n’était que du bonheur tellement Nualas et Adrian sont curieux et intéressés par notre vie et nos coutumes françaises, ils vont me manquer c’est sûr! d’un autre côté je suis heureux pour eux, heureux qu’ils aient pu vivre leurs histoire, heureux qu’ils aient réussis ce défi, heureux de savoir qu’il vont rentrer en Irlande avec plein d’histoire à raconter a leurs amis et leurs familles. Nualas et Adrian vont reprendre le cours de leurs vie et leurs travail, tout en préparant leurs retour parmi nous dans 4 ans…. Nualas et Adrian sont vraiment des personnes exceptionnels, sympathiques, d’une gentillesse extraordinaire et tellement humain…je suis très heureux d’avoir pu croiser leurs route et de les avoir côtoyer quelques temps.
    Nualas, Adrian. Marie Ange et moi nous vous souhaitons un bon retour chez vous, vous allez nous manquer et nous serons là quand vous reviendrez….
    Bonne navigation, bon retour chez vous… et comme tu le dis, Adrian… “C’EST LA VIE” ….
    Françoise et Emmanuel étaient aussi heureux de faire votre connaissance et vous souhaite plein de bonne choses pour la suite…
    Thierry ( qui parle français avec l’accent Irlandais!!!!!)
    GOOD LUKE TO YOU!

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  4. O c says:

    A visual wine list to die for.Congratulations to you both on an amazing Blog…incitefull entertaining… Ye had a blast!!! John O C.

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  5. xeniaboatlog says:

    I have enjoyed following your blog since meeting you in Douai and will miss your on-line company! Good luck with life back in Ireland – think of us whilst we soldier on beyond Chalon to the south. Bon courage!

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    • agclontarf says:

      Hi Charles – less of your soldering on! You love this life style. Do keep in touch and let us know how you get on to the south of Chalon as we intend cruising there later. We will keep the blog going until we get back to Ireland and the end of the Gap Year- Adrian

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