Wednesday we disembarked our river boat on the Seine to continue our two week France's Finest tour on the Saone and Rhone Rivers in southern France. We expected to be transported by full day bus ride, but were delighted to learn we'd be taking a high speed train instead. What would have been a 5 hour bus ride (not including stops) became a comfortable 2 hour train experience.
We expected to sail up the Saone to Macon for our Thursday events, but the river was too high (making passing under bridges very chancy) so the boat remained docked in Leon while we bused to our activities for the day. Fortunately distances are not great and the inconvenience was minor.
A welcome drink and a wonderful dinner capped off the evening. Do you notice how the theme of great food and wine permeates these updates?
Sticking with the culinary theme most of us did the farm visits. Our first stop was a truffle farm where a US educated PhD Agronomist has successfully cultivated truffles on the property he inherited from his grandmother. The highly prized fungus has been called “the diamond of the kitchen” for its rich, earthy flavor. Truffles are usually hunted by pigs, but we watched the farmer’s dog Chinook hunt them in the soil. We later enjoyed a tasting of bread with truffle-flavored butter and saffron flan. The saffron crocus are also cultivated on the farm.