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Chalon-sur-Saône Things to Do

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    by pedroswift Updated Oct 1, 2013

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    The Niepce Museum of Photography features exhibitions of the art of photography as well as the history. The history is well worth knowing.
    Closures: Open every day except Tuesday. Closed on the following dates: January 1st, Easter Monday, May 1st & 8th, the feast of the Ascension, July 14th, August 15th (except if it falls on a Sunday), November 1st & 11th, December 25th. Closed over the Christmas - New Year period.

    Opening Hours: September to June: 9.30am to 11.45am and 2.00pm to 5.45pm
    July/August :10.00am to 6.00pm
    Entrance Fee : gratuite....free

    Guided tours on a theme, without prior booking, are available for individual visitors on the first and third Sunday of the month and the second and fourth Friday of the month at 15h00. Guided Tours attract a charge. The tour on the first Sunday of the month is free of charge.

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    Located in the St Georges Hotel this restaurant caters for diners seeking typical dishes from the region made from fresh local produce.
    Ambience is modern chic. Restaurant decor is red leather with black trim. Over-head back-lit ceiling with graphics. Tres Moderne.

    Menus range from €29 - Image de Saison : choice of three Entrees and three Mains plus desert
    to €52 -Invitation Gourmande 3 plats with two choices each plat plus cheese/desert.

    A la Carte : choice of seven Entrees €11 to €18 - choice of ten Mains €18 - €29
    Plenty of choice in deserts (€7-9).

    Regional specialities include Escargot (snails); Jambon Persillé (ham with fresh herbs); Duck Foie Gras; Classical œuf Meurette; Morel toasts with sauce with Vin Jaune (Yellow wine from Jura); Fresh frog legs with brown butter and parlsey; Traditional Bresse poultry with Basmati rice to name but a few of the choices.

    St Georges has an extensive and impressive wine list. Wine is available by the glass.
    Table ware a cut above the average.
    Plenty of parking across the road.

    Favorite Dish: Madam chose from the a la carte and enjoyed the smoked salmon followed by prawns.
    Imbued with a quest for regional dishes, he started with Escargot and as a main had Veal Liver. Both were delicious.
    We drank the house cocktail for starters and enjoyed a half bottle of Premier Cru Chablis with the meal.

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    by pedroswift Updated Sep 9, 2012

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    Our visits to the Markets in and around Place St Vincent were very much enhanced by a coffee break at La Boule A Thé. We chose to sit outside to enjoy the people-watching opportunities afforded by the ideal location amongst numerous merchants selling their products along rue Fèvres.
    This cafe describes itself as "comptoir de thé/cafe/salon de" serving hot beverages and accompaniments and specialising in the supply of tea and coffee brewing and drinking equipment.

    Favorite Dish: My companions and I returned on several occasions to enjoy coffee and cake. Four x Cafe Creme Grandé for €10 considered a bargain.

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    by pedroswift Updated Sep 8, 2012

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    The eateries on Rue Strasbourg can not be beaten for out door dining and people watching - be it at lunchtime or dinner.
    Le Bourgogne is no exception. Located on the southern side of the street, its pink façade is hard to miss.
    We chose to dine as the sun set and were lucky to find the last available out-door table for four.
    There are indoor options as well but outside is much more interesting watching the constant passing parade and fellow diners.
    Table settings and quality of glass ware was better than most : cloth rather than paper napkins.
    We walked to the venue but there are parking areas nearby.
    Restaurant closes Mondays, Sunday dinner and Saturday lunch. Also closed first week May; first two weeks July and first week in November.

    Favorite Dish: I enjoyed my selections from the €19 four course menu.
    The entree (first course) of a salade de gésiers was as good as any that I'd tried before and the main course of volaille presented with bone-in at the narrow end and neatly sliced with tasty Cassis sauce was very enjoyable. My companions had high opinions of their choices also.
    Every thing was well presented by attentive and friendly staff. Portions were just the right size.
    The four of us opted for the €19 menu. We started with kir royale and shared a bottle of Cote Challonaise Pinot Noir (€24) with the meal.
    The bill came to €125. We all agreed that a similar meal in Australia would have cost nearly twice as much.

    Note the term "about average" after Comparison (below) refers to the "price" and is not an overall comment on the restaurant.

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Chalon-sur-Saône Transportation

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    by pedroswift Updated Mar 2, 2014

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    Finished Cruising the River Saône and wish to get to Paris or Charles de Gaul Airport?
    Here is how we did it in August 2012.
    A Basic Plan:
    Taxi from Saone River port to Railway Station about 1.7 kms (1 mile). Approx €6.00
    RER train to Bercy Station Paris about 3 hours 45 minutes travel time with 2nd class ticket purchased at station on day of departure (Aug 2012) €36.90 (seniors fare).(3 services a day & another 3 terminating at Gare de Lyon Paris).
    25 minutes Taxi trip from Bercy to Roissy ( Charles de Gaul Airport) € 40.00.
    Total for two people = € 120.00

    A direct TGV service is not available Chalon to CDG.
    (There is a TGV service to Paris city - see next paragraph).
    To get to CDG a correspondence (change of train) usually at Dijon or Lyon city is necessary.
    The first leg from Chalon is usually using a RER Local train (ie not high-speed TGV).
    Via Dijon it takes 2 hours 56 minutes including about 15 minutes at Dijon.
    Via Lyon it takes 3hrs 39 mins including 20 mins at Lyon. Of course, one travels south to get to Lyon from Chalon then heads north again to CDG.

    Other options via Paris Stations
    There is a Navette (bus - autocar) connecting the Gare routière (bus terminus near Chalon train station) to the TGV Station at Le Creusot-Montchanin. Takes about 37 minutes in the bus and then 1hr 20 mins to Paris, Gare de Lyon (5 or 6 services a day).
    There are TGV services from Chalon direct to Paris (Gare de Lyon) taking 2 hours 38 minutes twice a day (0635 & 1233). However, that may change in the future as the Station at Chalon is being up-graded to facilitate TGV services (Aug 2012). (A check on SNCF website March 2014 shows only these two TGV's daily).

    With an 11:30am departure flight from CDG, we opted to avoid the worry of trying to catch trains early in the morning on the day of departure plus coordinating the other forms of transport so as not to be late. We considered an overnight stop in Paris but decided there would be hassles getting out to CDG for the 11:30 departure any way. See my tip on the time it takes to get from Paris hotel to CDG airline gate via shuttle. The link to cut&paste: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/201193/

    We had spent two nights at St Georges Hotel, 100 metres from the Chalon SNCF station. On departure day, there was plenty of time to repack the luggage; have a beaut breakfast and amble down to buy a ticket and catch the train. (€ 36.90 each). By the way, most of the train options with “TGV” involved cost around €50 to €100 a ticket.
    On the day before the flight, we caught the 12:38 Chalon to Bercy Station Paris direct taking 3 hours 45 minutes. This is a RER regional train stopping at a few stations along the way.
    When we arrived at Bercy at 4:22pm, we caught a taxi to an hotel at Roissy Ville (CDG). The taxi ride... €40.00.
    Next morning we jumped on to the free hotel shuttle to the airport and rode the interconnecting airport shuttle to our terminal. …relocation from Chalon to Airport CDG without any stress at all.

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    by pedroswift Updated Mar 2, 2014

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    A good way to explore Chalon-sur-Saone on the cheap is via the free bus service, "Le Pouce" that runs around the perimeter of the main part of the city & includes the railway station. Station is at the western terminal of the service.
    It operates between 7h30 and 19h30 every 15 minutes.
    the web page has a PDF of the map with all of the bus stops and direction of travel.
    On combined bus maps the Free Service is marked light blue with dark blue bands as per this pdf. The web page below offers 3 pdf plans of bus services at Chalon including the free Ponce Service.

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Chalon-sur-Saône Shopping

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    line up for fresh milk

    by pedroswift Updated Sep 9, 2012

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    Not a shop : A dispensing machine

    Special? Unique to France? Who knows?
    In a land where UHT Milk rules - fresh milk has to be a winner.

    Put money in the slot and a clean plastic bottle with sealer pops out. Hold it under the spigot and cold, fresh milk is dispensed to the sound of cows mooing. How good is that?
    The kids love it. This big kid thought it was great.
    Available 24 hours: seven days a week!

    What to buy: Fresh milk at 3 degrees C.

    What to pay: €1 a litre

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    by pedroswift Updated Sep 9, 2012

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    Food Market Days Friday and Sunday 8am to 12 noon - All the colour and action of French market shopping at Square St Vincent and in the nearby streets.
    On Wedesday the food market is held at Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, 8 am- 12.
    More general markets are held elsewhere in town but we have not visited them:-
    Tuesday general market - Les Aubépins, 8 am - 12. Wednesday Mixed market - Place du marché of the Prés Saint Jean, 8 am - 12. Thursday Mixed market Cité du Stade, 8 am - 12. Friday Textiles and haberdashery market - Place de Beaune et Place du Général de Gaulle, 8 am- 6 pm. Saturday Food market - Boucicaut Colombière Parking du Gymnase, avenue Boucicaut, 8 am - 12.

    What to buy: Regional Wine and produce. Check out the cheese!!

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