Canal du Centre (#2 of 4) and Voie de Vignes

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Cote D'Or Voie de VignesAs I said, we had 4 canals to explore in the Burgundy region: The Burgundy, the Centre, the Nivernais and the Loire. In the Burgundy region we got the full benefit of having a vehicle - we would never have been able to explore so much of this vast incredible area with only bikes and trains. 

So after Vandenesse, we headed south to get a good look at the Canal du Centre and do some more wine tasting. The weather finally broke and we are back to sunshine and warm-enough days.  We got a great camping cabin at Camping des Sources in Santenay and this formed a perfect base for exploration of the area.  Santanay is one of the prettiest towns anywhere - with flower-lined stone bridges and a huge square with a fountain and right on the interesction of the Voie de Vigne (Vineyard bike bourte) and the Canal du Centre.  

From our base in Santenay we could ride out in every direction - first southeast past Chagny, then the next day North on the Cote D' Cote D'Or Voie de Vignes Trail to Beune where we enjoyed a great lunch and another wine tasting, then south west past xxxx until the trail petered out, then west on an old railtrail up through the vineyards to Nolay.  

Especially on the trail to Changy, again the incredible engineering comes in focus.  Here the canal is high up on the mountain top, passing over deep valleys, rivers, the railroad tracks on its way southeast to meet the Saone and eventually to fulfill the great feat of  connecting the Loire to the Rhone.  The photos can't adequately show how high it really is, because you can't get far enough back to get both the canal and features far below in the same photo.  

Cote D'Or Voie de VignesThe day riding up the Cote D'Or Voie de Vignes trail into Beaune for lunch and another wine tasting was another of our favorites. 

On the last day we got rain again so we drove up to the ancient Celtic and  Roman town of Autun to explore the ruins. 

Canal du Centre
Canal du Centre
Canal du Centre
Canal du Centre
Canal du Centre
Canal du Centre
Canal du Centre passes over the railroad tracks
Canal du Centre passes over the railroad tracks
Canal du Centre passes over the railroad tracks
Canal du Centre passes over the railroad tracks
Canal du Centre high above the valley
Canal du Centre high above the valley
Canal du Centre high above the valley
Canal du Centre high above the valley
Town Lavoir - washing station
Town Lavoir - washing station
Town Lavoir - washing station
Town Lavoir - washing station
Canal du Centre
Canal du Centre
Canal du Centre
Canal du Centre
Cote D'Or Voie de Vignes
Cote D'Or Voie de Vignes
Lavoir on the Cote D'Or Voie de Vignes
Lavoir on the Cote D'Or Voie de Vignes
Cote D'Or Voie de Vignes
Cote D'Or Voie de Vignes
Cote D'Or Voie de Vignes
Cote D'Or Voie de Vignes
Cote D'Or Voie de Vignes
Cote D'Or Voie de Vignes
Cote D'Or Voie de Vignes
Cote D'Or Voie de Vignes
Wine and coffee break in Meursault
Wine and coffee break in Meursault
Lunch in Beaune
Wine tasting at Patriarche in Beaune
Wine tasting at Patriarche in Beaune
Wine tasting at Patriarche in Beaune
Wine tasting at Patriarche in Beaune
Wine tasting at Patriarche in Beaune
Wine tasting at Patriarche in Beaune
Wine tasting at Patriarche in Beaune
Wine tasting at Patriarche in Beaune
Wine tasting at Patriarche in Beaune
Wine tasting at Patriarche in Beaune
Wine tasting at Patriarche in Beaune
Wine tasting at Patriarche in Beaune
Cote D'Or Voie de Vignes
Cote D'Or Voie de Vignes
Cote D'Or Voie de Vignes
Cote D'Or Voie de Vignes
Cote D'Or Voie de Vignes
Cote D'Or Voie de Vignes
Cote D'Or Voie de Vignes
Cote D'Or Voie de Vignes
Cabin in Santenay
Cabin in Santenay
Campground in Santenay
Campground in Santenay
Bridge in Santenay
Bridge in Santenay
Boats on south Centre
Boats on south Centre
Boats on south Centre
Boats on south Centre
Boats on south Centre
Boats on south Centre
Marina and Alena's alternate childhood?
Marina and Alena's alternate childhood?
IDef1X??
IDef1X??
trail disappears on the south Centre
trail disappears on the south Centre
picnic on the south Canal du Centre
picnic on the south Canal du Centre
rail trail to Nolay
rail trail to Nolay
rail trail to Nolay
rail trail to Nolay
rail trail to Nolay
rail trail to Nolay
walkin the dogs in Nolay
walkin the dogs in Nolay
lunch stop in Nolay
lunch stop in Nolay
rail trail to Nolay
rail trail to Nolay
rail trail to Nolay
rail trail to Nolay
Santenay
Santenay
Roman amphitheater in Autun
Roman amphitheater in Autun
Roman amphitheater in Autun
Roman amphitheater in Autun
Celtic temple ruin in Autun
Celtic temple ruin in Autun