We cycled back to the city this morning, where we found a local market, wondered around the huge food hall and bought some brie and fresh bread. We then visited the magnificent Cathédrale Saint-Étienne d'Auxerre and explored the treasury, underground crypt and marvelled at the colourful stained-glass and the imposing arched ceilings.
On the way back we stopped by one of the many patisseries we had seen where we spent ages trying to choose a selection of their fine looking cakes, pastries and tartlets. The rows of colourful and delicate macaroons were also too good to miss.
The sun was hot so we had lunch in the saloon of our two cabin Caprice cruiser. The big sliding doors at the back were wide open and the breeze providing welcome solitude from the heat. The bread was light and fluffy and the brie as creamy as you’d expect, so we took our time, in no rush to leave.
In the afternoon, we arrived in Vincelles, and passed by a grassy and tree-shaded island, so we moored and spent the afternoon reading on our picnic blankets with a bottle of chilled local Chablis we’d purchased from a lock keeper earlier in the day. Yummy.
After dinner onboard and several rounds of gin rummy – we were ready to retire.