We had the morning to explore the Conflans-Saints-Honorine area before heading off to Paris for our final leg on this cruise. Conflans-Saints-Honorine is only 35 km northwest of Paris and is an easy sail back to our home port.
We docked at Conflans-Saints-Honorine in the morning. Most of the passengers left the ship on one of the two excursions offered. My wife and the others decided on doing the “Artists’ Walk”, including the Auberge Ravoux, former home of Vincent van Gogh.
Mid morning, it was sunny and starting to warm up. The excursion buses had already left and I decided to walk into town. I was expecting to see touristy things and I was surprised to see professional offices along the river (optometry, dentistry, ophthalmology) and a few restaurants.I found the floating church near our ship. I learned that it’s there to serve the people that live on the local houseboats. These are not like American houseboats, but more like the size of a barge.
The restaurants weren’t that appealing – one Italian cafe, another place featuring pizza and a Czech gastro pub. I had hoped to find an interesting French restaurant and so I gave up and returned to the ship.
Since it was hot when I returned, I was happy to return to an air-conditioned environment. About an hour later, the passengers started to appear. Most of them had flushed faces and seemed happy to be back aboard the ship.