Fragnes is on the bike-able outskirts of Chalon-sur-Saône. With a greater metropolitan area of over 100,000 residents, Chalon felt to us like a big city. And for us it was a big city. Chalon-sur- Saône was by population the largest urban area that we visited in France from the time we arrived in April until mid-August.
Chalon has an interesting historic center and a cathedral, la cathédrale Saint-Vincent. Usually a cathedral is the seat of a bishop but in the case of Saint-Vincent this is no longer true. After the French Revolution the Diocese of Chalon was abolished and absorbed by the Diocese of Autun. As a result Chalon-sur-Saône today is unusual in that it has a bishop-less cathedral.
Across the River Saône from Chalon-sur-Saône’s old town is the commune’s port de plaisance. The port seems a nice place to moor. Unfortunately by rule Wanderlust is not allowed in. A posted sign confirmed what we had read; boats longer than 15 meters are not permitted to moor in the port. We’ve found that rules like this are often at the discretion of the capitaine, so we asked if Wanderlust (20 meters) could stay for a couple of days. Alas were told that it would not be possible. Later in the year we learned that a friend with a 17-meter barge was allowed to moor for the winter at Chalon’s port. So perhaps the rules are flexible, under the right circumstances.
(Wanderlust reached Fragnes on the 7th of June and stayed for three nights.)