Chalons en Champagne–Aug 20

The last two weeks we have been travelling down from Soissons to Sillery where we stayed for a whole week due to meeting up with numerous boating friends, Paul and Dawn, Len and Marion and of Course Andy and Wendy who have followed us down from Soissons. We also made new friends mainly from the ex-colonies, New Zealand, more Aussies, and a lone Canadian Chris.


Yurt gites at Bourg en Comin on route from Soissons to Sillery

We organised a gathering with a mass barbecue, and Boules tournament, which I am glad to say the Brits triumphed in the end, oh yes I was the referee!!  A good time was had by all with a few sore heads the following morning.




Too many barbecue cooks ???  (I think that’s done …no just another minute…I think two more…what does a Canadian know about cooking?)

Barbecue and Boules



We left Sillery, after a delightful stay, saying goodbye to Paul and Dawn and the rest of the mob not forgetting the delightful Adele in the office and headed south through the Billy tunnel and down the flight of locks to Conde, before turning left towards Chalons en Champagne


Do we turn left or right?  We turned left.


Good overnight upstream of lock 10

We left early on Wednesday morning to arrive at Chalons en Champagne in time for the Wednesday market.



Indoor part of the market



and the outdoor part…put it down you have too many clothes!!




Incredible WW1 statue outside the cathedral.  This town is well worth a prolonged visit.

We are now travelling on unfamiliar waterways.  We did this trip four year ago in the opposite direction to meet up with my daughter and the grand kids east of Paris but we were newbies then and did not make notes or stop long enough to take in the splendours of the Champagne canal.  We intend to go slowly this time and explore its many interesting places.




This post was written by Terry Barrett

Photographs by Tes


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