We had another nice breakfast before leaving at 8:00. Torben, AnneMarie, Dave and I were driving to France to rent a river boat for 10 days. Everything is so close. We were in Luxembourg by 10:30 and in France by 11:00.
We had lunch at a small French cafe, Chez Lulu, in Pont-à-Mousson. Our appetizer was a zucchini gazpacho.
|the restaurant was on the second floor. this was their outdoor seating|
|walleye tomato risotto|
We were in Jean de Losne, France by 3:30. We found the rental boat company, Le Boat, to check out our boat for 10 days. It took 2 hours for the paperwork, instruction, tour of the boat, and taking the boat out with an instructor.
|our 35 foot boat, Tango|
|from the galley, there were a couple steps down to our 2 separate cabins, the head and a shower|
|the salon, the table could be moved and another bed could be made|
|the galley and stairs to the upper outside level|
|the captain's chair|
|the upper deck|
|loading our luggage|
We were all set to head out, but it was Sunday, and the grocery stores were closed. We moved the boat out of the marina and onto a dock in the town. There was a nice waterfront with several restaurants.
The first place we went to only served drinks, no dinner. AnneMarie and Torben introduced us to our new favorite drink, Pastis. It is a licorice liquor, like Pernod, served as a healthy shot over ice. You add water to your taste. It was very refreshing. We ordered ablette for dinner. It is a plate full of small fried fish. We saw it in several places, but ordering it once was enough.
|public book exchange|
|great desserts, but no refills on the coffee|
|outside restaurant, the wine was in a cooler bag|