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.
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.
(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.)