Monday, 12 June 2006
Distance 9 km
Duration 2 hours 0 minutes
Ascent 45 m, descent 13 m
Map 37 of the
The message had got through – we rose at 6:15 and were away before 7, our ribs well padded with muesli.
The Voie Verte was empty at that hour, save for a woman practising precariously on her roller-blades.
Later we encountered crowds of school kids walking to the high school in Buxy, and cruised into the town with them just before 9 am. That was the end of the Voie Verte for us – we had had enough of it anyway.
With a bag of croissants and a baguette, we climbed the steep, thriving main street to a café for our second breakfast.
Second breakfast is always a better meal than first breakfast – it has tables and chairs, it has coffee, it has passers-by, it has delicious pastries. We usually linger over it.
The town has some interesting ruins, including a couple of round towers from the encircling wall, but lacks the aesthetic coherence of Saint-Gengoux.
From Buxy, catch a SNCF railway bus (autocar) to Chalon-sur-Saône which has a railway station. From there you can go to almost anywhere in France.