Day 14: Châteauneuf-sur-Loire to Briare

25 June 2015
Distance: 62.2 km
Lodging: Martinet Camping in Briare (N47.64164° E2.72549°) 
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Oratoire Carolingien at Germigny chapel mosaicOratoire Carolingien at Germigny

First a stop at the Oratoire Carolingien at Germigny, a nice little chapel that was renovated in the 19th century but much of the original architecture is still visible.  The oratory was consecrated in 806 and is a rare example of architecture from the Charlemagne era. It was the private chapel of Theodulphe, advisor to Charlemagne, bishop of Orleans, and abbot of Saint Benoit sur Loire. 

Chateau Sully-Sur-Loire and our trusty steedAfter the oratory, it was off to Sully-Sur-Loire to check out the Chateau.  We stopped for a picnic lunch, with a half bottle of wine of course, just before crossing the bridge into Sully-Sur-Loire. We stopped town for a coffee at a nice little restaurant (N47.76537° E2.37500°) near the tourist office. Then back to the chateau for pictures. We did not tour the chateau, chateau burn-out is definitely setting in. 

On to Briare! The Pont de Canal Briare (N47.63149° E2.73518°) crosses over the Loire river on a bridge. So you have water on a bridge over water! That is just cool! The Pont de Canal Briare allows the Canal latéral à la Loire to cross the Loire river enroute to the Seine. We will follow this canal for the next two days.

Pont de Canal Briare





Pont de Canal Briare


  

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Marc crossing the Pont de Canal Briare


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