Châtillon-sur-Loire

Châtillon-sur-Loire's bridge crosses the Loire River.

Châtillon-sur-Loire’s bridge crosses the Loire River.

The Briare Aqueduct carries the Canal lateral à la Loire over the Loire River. On the southwestern side of the river, the canal turns to the southeast and about five kilometers later arrives in Châtillon-sur-Loire. We paused for lunch at Châtillon-sur-Loire’s halte nautique on our way past.

France has numerous communes like Châtillon-sur-Loire. It seems everywhere we turn there is another atmospheric small town with its important place in history. Traveling by car or train, places like Châtillon-sur-Loire are easily passed by. There’s not enough to draw a fast moving visitor in. But when pace is slower, as it is when we creep along the canals in Wanderlust, Frances small towns become the featured attractions.

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“La Petite Fille a la Robe Verte”

“La Petite Fille a la Robe Verte”

Each small town is unique. Each has it own attractions. Châtillon-sur-Loire has the historic buildings and the remains of a medieval street plan as expected. It also has a surprise. As you walk through the streets of Châtillon-sur-Loire you discover street art celebrating the town’s history. There’s no predictable pattern to where the art is located. It just pops up unexpectedly. Châtillon-sur-Loire art is another good reason to stop in for a visit.

A street works its way through Châtillon-sur-Loire.

A street works its way through Châtillon-sur-Loire.

(On May 16 2015, after leaving Briare in the morning, Wanderlust traveled 23 kilometers and passed through the Briare Aqueduct and four locks before mooring for the night in Belleville-sur-Loire.)

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"Aymon-le-Fort"

“Aymon-le-Fort”

“Robert Louis Stevenson”

“Robert Louis Stevenson”

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