August 10, 2001

Itinerary   After breakfast we went on the Beaujolais bus tour (note: 'becca hates bus rides!). As this is our last full day on board we organized our belongings somewhat. I picked up some cough syrup prior to the tour. The countryside around Mâcon is gorgeous. The temp was cool for a change. After a brief stop at some cliffs overlooking some vineyards we went to a tour & tasting at Chateau de Pierreclos (nice tour of this old castle-style chateau). None of the wines tasted were exciting, but the retail shop had some interesting stuff (I purchased a '98 Domaine des Sénéchaux CNdP for 80FF to have with tonight's dinner).

· '00 Mâcon Village Blanc 
· '98 Pouilly Fuissé 
· Crème de Pêche

We re-boarded ~12:15. We picked up a piece of pizza and a croissant as part of our food study. We had lunch on board (see menu below). We drank a carafe of white bourgogne.

· Pâté 
· Chilled Cucumber Soup 
· Pasta Buffet (3 pastas; 3 sauces) 
· Pike Balls in Dill Cream with Risotto 
· Crème Caramel

In the late afternoon I watched as some of the group played a British version of Trivial Pursuit (some tough, obscure British questions/trivia!) as the boat cruised back toward Lyon. We did some serious suitcase packing and prepared our tip envelopes. We decided the major share should go to Sybille, our cabin attendant, as she was fantastic. The wait staff and maître d' each got equal shares. We prepared for dinner and headed to the lounge for a final cocktail with our traveling companions. Prior to dinner I distributed all the tip envelopes. After dinner, Steve S tried to organize a last get-together off the boat, but neither 'becca nor I had the energy to go out at 10:00pm.

· Various Smoked Fish Terrines 
· Creamy Mushroom Soup 
· Rhône Pike-Perch in Crispy Potato Crust 
· Paillard of Veal Loin with Vegetables 
· Cheese Cart 
· Lemon Swiss Roll

· NV Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial (from Al & Sylvia) 
· '97 Corton "Les Perriéres" (Robert Gilbourg) 
· '92 Gevrey Chambertin (Camus Péres et Fils) 
· '98 Domaine des Sénéchaux CNdP

Mâcon grocery shopping Jimmie at the bluffs
View from the bluffs The bluffs
Chateau de Pierreclos Chateau de Pierreclos Chapel
Chateau de Pierreclos Chateau de Pierreclos
Inside the chapel The ceiling
Kitchen Kitchen
Kitchen The View
Wine Cellar for wine tasting
Hospice du Rhone