Châlons-en-Champagne

Wanderlust takes on water in a lock among the vineyards in Champagne.

Wanderlust takes on water in a lock among the vineyards in Champagne.

 

Wanderlust passed through Châlons-en-Champagne three times in 2015. With two overnight stops at Châlons’ well-situated port de plaisance we had a chance to appreciate what the commune has to offer.

Châlons has interesting history, attractive historic buildings, and good food. One of its churches, Notre-Dame-en-Vaux, is included on the UNESCO “Chemins de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle en France” World Heritage listing. The French Ministry of Culture and Communication has designated Châlons-en-Champagne as a “Villes et Pays d’Art et d’Histoire (“Towns and Lands of Art and History”).

Notre-Dame-en-Vaux in Châlons-en-Champagne

Notre-Dame-en-Vaux in Châlons-en-Champagne

Châlons also has a curious bit of recent history: In 1998 the city of Châlons-sur-Marne reverted to its pre-French Revolution name, Châlons-en-Champagne. Though Châlons is not major center of Champagne wine production including “Champagne” into a place name is undoubtedly perceived to create positive associations. Indeed, the nearby Canal de la Marne à la Saône underwent a similar name change to the Canal entre Champagne et Bourgogne not long ago. Branding, whether for a bottle of wine, a town, or canal, can be important.

(In 2015 Wanderlust spent two nights in Châlons-en-Champagne between the 11th and 13th of July and two more nights between the 25th and 27th of August. Châlons is 30 kilometers and five locks from Ay.)

Inside Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Châlons

Inside Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Châlons

A road bridge opened to let Wanderlust through on the way to Ay.

A road bridge opened to let Wanderlust through on the way to Ay.

Inside the cathedral

Inside the cathedral

It's a big hose.

It’s a big hose.

Notre-Dame-en-Vaux

Notre-Dame-en-Vaux

Inside Notre-Dame-en-Vaux

Inside Notre-Dame-en-Vaux

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The commune changed its name to Châlons-en-Champagne but the lock in town is still Châlons-sur-Marne.

 

 

 

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