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.
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.
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.