Our transfer to the site near Macon was excellent. The site is close to the A6 but is reached by leaving that for the old N6 and coming in via the good looking town of Tournus. A few kilometres on and we turn left to cross the wonderful Saone and find the camp hard right over another bridge. Entry was OK but I would have liked a wider bridge and fewer trees, walls and posts.
But the site is superb. It nestles between the Saone – here a very wide and handsome river – and a small tributary, the Reysource. This has been partly canalised to bring craft to the marina built at the town of Pont de Vaux. A crafty (ho ho) piece of business development.
This site is actually run by Dutch people and as a result spotlessly clean, spacious and welcoming. That's not to degrade the French sites but the Dutch are scrupulous. They also love to exercise their English, which is fine unless your are trying to get back into your own French! As our family knows the Dutch speak superb English anyway and these folk are no exception.
We are in a splendid position on a bank above the Saone to the west and the other river to the east. The site is called Rive du Soleil and they are not exaggerating – the sun blazes down in an uninterrupted arc from dawn to dusk (which it now is. The suns has just sunk behind the Maconnais, the range of hills to the east which represent the wealth of southern Burgundy, with wines like Pouilly Fuisse among the stars. Interesting that, not 40 kilometres to the east the upper Loire is running north to the Saone's south and will soon refresh Sancerre. Here we have, mostly, Chardonnay (the village of that name is nearby) while there they prefer mostly the Sauvignon Blanc – as in fact do I. But I shall indulge in Chardonnay while I am here.