Next stop: Seveux
Gray is a major town on the Petite Saone, with a population of about 10,000. All services and commerces are here, plus the Connoisseur cruiser base. Razed by fire twice in the middle ages, Gray was rebuilt into a major centre of commerce & industry by the 17th century, and reached the heights of its prosperity in the 19th century when it was the head of navigation for the barges which plied their cargoes up and down the Saône valley. In recent times this trade has all but vanished, giving way to light industry and tourism.
The town is steeped in history, with some fascinating preserved buildings, notably the Eglise, the fortified chateau of Baron St. Martin (now an art gallery & museum) and a magnificent restored theatre in the classic Italian style. The Mairie, with its varnished tile roof, is classified a national monument, as are several other pieces of fine architecture.
The Mairie, the museum, the old hospital, the theatre, and many other classified buildings may be visited. Full details available at the Office de Tourism, close to the base.
Local produce market next to the base every Saturday morning. General market on the second Wednesday of each month at the top of the town, around la Place du Mairie.
An open-air pool with water-slide opens during the summer school holidays, ie: July to September.
Opening Hours: July to September
Alternative: Many people swim in the river at La Plage, upstream from the base.
Pavillon du Tourisme - Ile Sauzay, 70100 GRAY Tel: 0 33 (0) 384 65 14 24 www.ville-gray.fr
Yes - The Museum Baron St. Martin with major art exhibitions; and the natural science museum.
The first offers a comprehensive selection of western artists, including the" primitives" of the 19th century. The central theme is a series of paintings and sculptures featuring the European Middle Ages, the Italians from 16thCentury to the 18th Century, The Flemish and the Dutch of the 17th Century, the French from the Renaissance to the end of the last century; and a unique collection of pastels and drawings by P.P.Prud'hon. The Natural Science museum features mainly archeological treasures from the Saône valley and surrounding areas.
Location: Rue Pigalle, close to la Basilique . Tel: 03 84 65 69 10
Opening Hours: Open every day, except for: Christmas, Jours Fériés(National holidays) , and Tuesdays. Hours: from 1st May through 30 September - 10h00 to 12h00 and 14h00 to 18h00. From 1st October to 30th April - 14h00 to 17h00.
The old railway station is now only a booking office. There are no rail connections to Gray.
The Krystal Bar, 200 metres from our base. Open every day except Sunday.
Atmosphere: Trendy & friendly. The nearest thing to an English pub. Pool, darts, TV, music, interesting cocktails & sandwiches. Terrace.
Opening Hours: 10,00 to 23,00, 6 days a week.Closed on Sundays.
Pic-Pizz, situated next to the base.
Address: 9, Avenue Carnot.
Atmosphere: Bijou, cosy.Terrace open in summer.
Cuisine: Mainly pizzas, also gratinées, salads & sandwiches, to eat in or take away.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday(closed Sunday & Monday), lunchtimes & evenings.
Contact Details: Tel: 03 84 65 52 12
Le Hotel-Restaurant " Au Mastroquet" (& Le Bouchon). Situated 200 metres from the base.
Address: 1,Avenue Carnot.
Atmosphere: Informal in Le Bouchon(lunchtimes only), semi- formal in the panoramic restaurant.
Cuisine: Franche-Comté, leaning towards haute-cuisine . A wide variety of menus.
Speciality: Regional"platters" featuring local produce, including river fish.
Opening Hours: Both restaurants closed all day Thursday. Le Bouchon closed Saturday evenings & all day Sunday. Cabaret /supper evenings are held in the panoramic restaurant on Saturdays(reservations only)).
Contact Details: Tel:03 84 64 53 50.
Le Relais de la Prevote
Address: 6 Rue du Marché.
Atmosphere: Refined, warm & friendly.
Cuisine: Haute cuisine with regional influence.
Opening Hours: Lunchtime & evenings, except Sunday evening & all day Monday.
Contact Details: Tel:03 84 65 10 08
Arc-les-Gray, 1 Km from the base.
Opening Hours: All day 0830 until 1930hrs (Closed Sundays.
Off Quai Mavia, 1Km. From the base.
LIDL, 300 metres from the base.
Bio-Gray, small grocery & health-food shop, at the top of La Grande Rue.Ten minutes' walk from the base.
Opening Hours: Open on Sundays, 1000 to 1200 and 1600 to 1800hrs..
You have a choice. The Connoisseur Base, with all facilities, is upstream of the Pont Pierre. The Town quai, Quai Mavia, is downstream of the bridge, stretching for 800 metres along the waterfront, but with limited facilities. There is also room for several boats at La Plage, upstream from Connoisseur, close to a restaurant and the open-air swimming pool.
Yes, but limited.
Banque Populaire, Place de 4 Septembre, 400 metres from the base. Tel: 03 84 65 35 01. Also in town: Crédit Agricole, Caisse d'épargne, BNP Paribas, and C.I.A.L.
ATM's can be found at all the banks; also in the Hyper Casino supermarket.
25 Rue Marché. Five minutes' walk from the base.
Philippe Augey, 1 Avenue Verdun. Tel: 03 84 65 26 06 . Centre Hospitalier de Gray - Ugences: Tel: 03 80 36 15 51.
Patrice Gayde, 7 Rue Gambetta. Tel: 03 84 65 52 95. Jean-Philippe Souclier, 22 Rue Marché. Tel: 03 84 65 20 24.
Pharmacy Moderne, 34 Rue Thiers. An easy walk from the base. Tel: 03 84 65 07 08.
Miranda , 35 Ave Pierre Curie, Gray-la-Ville. Tel: 03 84 64 91 91.
Metaconcept, 19 Quai Mavia . Near the lock at the end of the bridge. 03 84 32 71 25.