We stayed at Chalons en Champagne for a few more days before heading down the Marne towards Paris. We took the opportunity to explore more of Chalons and found the impressive Cirque building where circuses were performed in past days but now used as a circus training school.
What a building, very few of these brick built Cirque left in France
You only realise how important Cirque was in France when you come across a poster advertising the town circus at the start of last century
The whole building is covered in splendid statues depicting various aspects of the circus .
We also found a huge arboretum with its many classic statues representing various seasons. As I said before this town is well worth a lengthy stay.
We eventually left Chalons and set off down the Marne, with the flow so progress was rapid. At the first lock on the river proper at Cumieres we were handed a new toy, a splendid remote control device to work the locks. The VNF have gone overboard with this one but while it lasts it is fabulous to use and works really well.
We travelled with Len and Marion and their guests for a while but they anxious to get to Meaux to off load their guests so we continued on our own more slowly.
Marion and guests feeding swans off the back of their boat.
We had a delightful trip down the river Marne and were now able to stop at any of the recognised Halts .
A good overnight Halt on the Marne where we met some ‘conceptual artists’ returning to Germany from their exhibition in Paris.
I did ask what made their art ‘Conceptual’ and the very nice German guy gave me the example of scratching a knife down a wall and recording the sound and playing over on a loop, I nodded without speaking but my brain was screaming ‘Emperors new clothes’.
This post was written by Terry Barrett
Photographs by Tes