Audrey : The Cathedral and le pont Paul Bert (that's the bridge).
Lillian : In the shallows, there were so many little fish that in this photo they look like leaves.
Audrey : There were also lots of ducks and some big swans that you could ride on ...
|Swan boat in need of repairs!|
Audrey : And I think we found where the pointillist artist Paul Signac was standing when he painted this in 1902.
Audrey : We didn't believe it at first but yes - it was an otter here is a close up
Lillian : A Common or River Otter (Lutra lutra) - swimming very fast across the river to a little island.
|Lock almost full - the level of the canal|
|Lock emptied - the river level|
Lillian : The Lock-Keeper's dog was over-seeing all the operations.
Audrey : The Lock-Keeper obviously has dollies and they live in a lovely doll-sized moulin of their own.
Audrey : We had a little rest on the steps - our feet were tired and we'd been carrying a big cake box!
Lillian : Yes, our lovely day in Auxerre was nearly at an end - time to make our way back to the train station.
Audrey : That wasn't our train -
This was our train.
It was very fast -
Audrey : We were back in Avallon in a flash and those cakes were worth the carrying about.
Lillian : A Flan Natur and a religieuse au chocolat.
Audrey : That is a funny name - religieuse is French for a nun & a nun in a brown habit would probably be a Carmelite.
Lillian : These yummy cakes are 2 choux pastries filled, put together & iced. It doesn't really look like a nun - I think it looks more like a monk.