Need a little bit of rest and relaxation? Take a spin on the Dream Boat! Bruce and Kathy had really made themselves comfortable aboard Detour
during their visit with us. They had been busy bees back in Pennsylvania just prior to this vacation, and now it was their time for a bit of refreshment far removed from daily hustle and bustle. Kathy was sleeping so soundly, she'd shared that she was often dreaming; and so we knick-named Detour
the Dream Boat. How could one not relax? Even Brian and I were learning (finally) to lounge along with Bruce and Kathy. When not cruising up the Petite Saone, we were strolling along beautiful French countrysides.
When finished strolling, we'd indulge in cheeses, wines, and delectable home-cooked dinners. At our stop in Ray sur Saone, we completed the day's travel by strolling through the sleepy, picturesque village.
Along a grassy path, we found our way to the hilltop where the Ray sur Saone Chateau rises high above the town. This chateau dates from the 10th century; rebuilt during the 18th century. The public is able to walk the chateau's grounds and, according to the couple aboard our neighboring boat that evening, the chateau is open for touring on Sundays. "You can walk all around, it's beautiful," the husband aboard explained as we walked past his boat on our way to the path. "We stayed longer so that we could see the inside of the chateau, but it's closed today," he continued, with a shrug of his shoulders. It was a Sunday. Ah, France!
The grounds of the chateau were beautiful, indeed! At Ray sur Saone we felt as though we'd entered a fairy tale. But we'll never really know for certain whether we were able to enter at all! In France, it seems, that rules are rather like guidelines.
Back aboard the Dream Boat, we drifted into deep sleeps...