Best of Burgundy

    Day 1

    DAY 1 - Monday - 9-19-05 Depart from Denver

    We had a beautiful day in Colorado to walk in the crisp air and morning sun. We had time to do a few last minute chores and for Gennie to finalize her University of Phoenix online class. At 12:45 we said...

    Day 2

    DAY 2 - Tuesday - 9-20-05 - Frankfurt/Arrive in Paris/Explore the city

    We were able to sleep quite well on this flight with the seats reclining as far back as they did. Two hours before we reached Frankfurt, the flight attendants turned on the lights and proceeded to try to...

    Day 3

    DAY 3 - Wednesday - 9-21-05 -Transfer to St. Leger/Embark Lafayette Barge

    Our alarm sounded at 6:45 - it was still dark on the streets of Paris. We showered, packed our luggage, and had a generous buffet breakfast in the hotel dining room. Our tour guide Michel had breakfast with...

    Day 4

    DAY 4 - Thursday - 9-22-05 - Santenay/Chagny

    We were able to sleep until 7:15 today. We smelled the coffee early and had our shower and went up to the dinning room for our breakfast. There was a little time while our colleagues were having their first cup of coffee,...

    Day 5

    DAY 5 - Friday - 9-23-05 - Chagny/Autun/Chalon sur Saone/French Lesson

    Our standard routine is now to wake up at 7:15 with breakfast at 8 AM. Today we ate with George and Linda from Michigan. Linda taught 1st grade so she and Gennie had lots to talk about. As we...

    Day 6

    DAY 6 - Saturday - 9-24-05 - Chalon/Cruise to Verdun sur le Doubs

    It was another beautiful sunny day in France. We had breakfast with Clint and Ruth from Tacoma, WA, and we shared our great times in the Northwest, and their beautiful state.

    At 9:30 we joined Michel and...

    Day 7

    DAY 7 - Sunday - 9-25-05 - Seurre/St. Jean de Losne/Home-hosted visit

    Our barge engines started at 7:30 this morning and our captain was able to maneuver off this rocky area without too much of a problem. We had breakfast with Derk and Liz from San Diego. After breakfast Michel...

    Day 8

    DAY 8 - Monday - 9-26-05 - Explore Route des Grand Crus and Beaune

    We woke up to a cloudy morning but by the time we went up to breakfast the fog was starting to clear. We ate with Gloria and Jerry from Travers City in Michigan, Gloria is a...

    Day 9

    DAY 9 - Tuesday - 9-27-05 - Petit Ouges/Dijon

    We had a leisurely morning according to the schedule, but when we woke up we found we had no water. I went out to check on the situation and found that somehow the tanks on the barge had been drained. Richard...

    Day 10

    DAY 10 - Wednesday - 9-28-05 - Disembark Barge/Transfer to Lyon via Cluny and the Beaujolais Region - Lyon

    We had taken time last night to pack so we just had a little to do this morning. At 8 AM we went to the dining room for breakfast after leaving...

    Day 11

    DAY 11 - Thursday - 9-29-05 - Explore Lyon - Farewell Dinner

    We were up at our usual 7:15 and continued to marvel at the size of our room. Our closet in this hotel is larger than our whole cabin on the barge. We ate our breakfast, nice, but not...

    Day 12

    DAY 12 - Friday - 9-30-05 - Lyon/Bullet Train/Paris

    We were up at our usual 7:15 and after quick showers we finished dressing and packing to be able to leave by 9 AM. We went down to the continental breakfast and had a chance to speak to the new OAT...

    Day 13

    DAY 13 – 10-01-05 – Saturday – Subway/Musee d’Orsay/Eiffel Tower/Evening Seine River Cruise - Paris

    We met Eduardo, Ciça, and Pedro for breakfast at 8:30. I had gone down a little earlier to upload the journal from the previous day. Right after breakfast we were off to the Musee d'Orsay....

    Day 14

    DAY 14 - 10-02-05 - Saturday - Latin Quarter/Left Bank - Paris

    We had a chance to sleep a little later today and met Eduardo for breakfast at 9 AM. The hotel has a very good continental breakfast with personal service. In fact, everyone here (hotel, Paris, France) has been...

    Day 15

    DAY 15 - 10-03-05 - Monday - Louvre - Paris

    We met Ana and Richard and Eduardo, Ciça, and Pedro for breakfast at 8:30. There were hardly any other people in the breakfast room so we had lots of space. At 9 it was time to say goodbye to Ana...

    Day 16

    DAY 16 - 10-04-05 - Monday - Train Ride/Versailles - Paris

    We had agreed to meet for breakfast at 8 AM where we met Ciça, Pedro and Eduardo. The hotel takes care of all their guests very well, serving each of us a beverage and a generous selection of breads...

    Day 17

    DAY 17 - 10-05-05 - Wednesday - Arc de Triumph/Champs de Ellisse -Paris

    Today was Ciça, Pedro and Eduardo's departure day so we decided to sleep a little later and then catch up on things we had not done. We went down for breakfast at 9:30 and were out of...

    Day 18

    DAY 18 - 10-06-05 - Thursday - Paris/Lyon/Frankfurt/Denver/Home

    When the alarm sounded at 5 AM and the wake up call came through, we were out of bed in a shot and were ready for breakfast at 5:40. Once again, the breakfast coffee and breads were served to us and we...

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Day 2: Goat Cave Karst Nature Preserve


The Preserve was set aside to buffer some of the ecologically sensitive karsts in the area from encroaching neighborhoods. Karsts are caves that feed directly into the Edwards Aquifer below ground.

Because the three caves can be dangerous to hikers and nonprofessional spelunkers, they are...

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